Rafael Nadal was in fine form in Doha on Tuesday, taking out Simone Bolelli in a crisp straight sets victory: 6-3, 6-3. He’ll play another cute Italian, Potito Starace, in the second round.
Now on to the important stuff. FreakyFritters and I are engaged in an ongoing debate about Rafa’s overall look. I prefer the current, more mature Rafa, with his sleeves and above the knee shorts, and I’m even warming up to the candy colored shirts Nike insists on dressing him in (just please, keep the checked shorts in the closet!) I’m also a fan of his Roger-when-he-needs-a-haircut-length hair. Fritters, like many of Rafa’s die hard fans, misses the days of Superboy Rafa with his clam diggers, exposed biceps and shoulder length tresses.
Rafa, ca. 2010:
Rafa, ca. 2005:
So I was excited to read Rafa’s personal views on this all-important issue front and center in the “Ask Him” section of his website today (which is going through it’s own redesign!):
Q: Hiz RAFA , I really enjoy watching you playing ! you’re really an awsome player, my question is why did you change your style in the clothes and your hair , sorry but the old one suites you better and I believe they bring you good luck too ! thank you hope to see you reclaiming the world nomber one , because you really deserve that!
A: Hello. I am involved in the process of selecting my clothing and 100% on the hair style… I like the new style, and it does brings me luck too. Come on! I won the OZ Open, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome with the long sleeves! Thanks in any case for caring!
Oh, Rafa, how I love that last sentence of yours – the classiest way to say “Ef off!” ever.
Sooooo. . .how’s everyone else feeling about Rafa’s look?