Rafael Nadal’s been practicing in Barcelona in advance of his opening match vs. countryman Daniel Gimeno Traver on Wednesday afternoon. Andy Murray has also been seen hitting the ball around, but announced on Tuesday that he’s pulling out of the tournament to rest his sore elbow for a few days. (Berdych also withdrew with a stomach bug.)
There were some funny shots on the practice courts – and I’m not talking tennis:
Rafael Nadal and his Tom Cruise smile.
“Wait I look like Tom Cruise?”
“Is this better?”
Rafa may be grimacing, thinking of the 4,000 points he has to defend over the next six weeks. No. 2 Nole, who’s 3,230 points behind the No. 1, only has 540. (Per the ATP website) Nadal, who didn’t play in Barcelona last year, told the press on Monday: “This is the only week I don’t have to defend points. You have to think about winning them.”
Andy Murray may be bummed out about his sore elbow – not that you can really tell by looking at him.