S.A. Garcia's Mutterings, Whimpers and Rants

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Why I Adore Rafa Nadal

Sept 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain returning a shot between his legs to Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia (not pictured) on day five of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-326036 ORIG FILE ID: 20160902_ads_usa_154.JPG

Legs of steel and massive arms…this old lesbian does appreciate supremely hot tennis players. Is it a little sexist to regard them as works of breathing art? Apologies. Trust me, I also appreciate their amazing talent.

I adore Rafa Nadal. He’s a warrior, a powerful force of nature, an inspiration. Sadly, just as his fans feared, his muscular playing style is breaking down his strong body. His knee, his shoulder, and lately, his wrist—they have started failing him. Nadal’s 30th birthday did him no favors.

But he comes back and triumphs. Oh does he. Fine, Nadal didn’t medal in the men’s singles at the Rio Olympics, but he scored doubles gold. He played multiple matches each day. He fought, displayed humility, and class every inch of the way, and showed the world he’s not finished.

He’s battled his way into the round of 16 at the US Open, playing tennis like the champion he is, clean and lethal. After this, even if he doesn’t win his next match, he’ll be ranked third in the world.

Nadal will always be number one for me, along with my faves Rafter, Edberg, and the brilliant Bjorn Borg.

It’s the thigh muscles. Be still my fluttering heart. I am a thigh slut.

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