Sunday, April 12, 2009

Nadal And Murray Kick Off Monte-Carlo


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Rafael Nadal of Spain and Andy Murray of Great Britain in action during a mini tennis exhibition match ahead of the ATP Masters Series at the Place du Palais on April 12, 2009 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

Friend of Prince Albert II of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock is seen during an exhibition tennis match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Andy Murray of Great Britain in front of the Monaco palace before an exhibition tennis match, Sunday, April 12, 2009.
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Friend of Prince Albert II of Monaco, Charlene Wittstock is seen during an exhibition tennis match between Rafael and Andy in front of the Monaco palace before an exhibition tennis match.


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Prince Albert II of Monaco walks towards Rafa and Andy as they stand with national guards after an exhibition match ahead of the ATP Masters Series at the Place du Palais.


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Prince Albert II of Monaco poses with Rafa and Andy.

15 comments:

Graf_sampras said...

of course skin color is personal interms of what people admire more....


nothing to do with being racist , in a sense...

BUT -- personally -- that color of Rafa's "glows" in comparison with the pasty whiteness of murray. lol.


sorry -- but it's true.
rafa looks very mediterranean -- even moorish in that exotic way they have.

lol.

Beth said...

I see what you're saying Graf_sampras.....sigh.....I could just eat Rafa up!! HOLD ME BACK!

A said...

In a futile effort to compete, Murray's showing an awful lot of package...

Graf_sampras said...

Beth...as A just said after you --


Murray is trying to compete with rafa -- and TRUE to Murray's form -- he does it by "distracting" away FROM the Rafa "skin tone"....


showing off a package...

i didn't even notice that until A caught it. lol.

we know murray liked to "show off" his muscles a few months back....what next ?

so now -- you don't have to settle for JUST one......

lol.

Graf_sampras said...

Beth said...

I see what you're saying Graf_sampras.....sigh.....I could just eat Rafa up!! HOLD ME BACK!

Mon Apr 13, 09:00:00 AM


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WHAT "HOLD ME BACK", Beth?!


on the contrary -- I'm going to SHOVE YOU straight up to Rafa so you can make a mess of your MEAL!!


and i'll tell everyone:

Look at her eating...she has NO manners at all.!!can't she at least use a spoon?


but rafa will love it...

"this is how we do it in the province when we eat lunch
...with our bare hands"


lol

vw said...

Ugggh Murray. I don't see why they put him in any photo at all.

Graf_sampras said...

but VW -- Murray is also nice. he is a nice boy..he even files his canines every morning.....like his Mum said...

Graf_sampras said...

because these Linespeople who YELL so angrily when calling balls....have been so disturbing to human conscience....

I propose a few NEW rules to make Tennis more civilized and humane...:

1) when a linesperson calls a ball, like "out" or something, the person should quietly raise his hand to the umpire and the audience..by first stepping forward so everyone can see...and then walk gracefully, with dignity , to the umpire can speak softly and with respect to ask the players to come to where the chair umpire is in order to have a proper discussion..without yelling or screaming from anyone..

2) the players should be given the chance to call their lawyers to join them on the court , to be sure that proper decorum and process is followed..

3) it has to be recorded in close quarters - with a designated , properly accredited court stenographer, who, in order to make no mistakes in taking down the proceedings ON COURT, must be allowed to take a seat with a proper Desk.

4) the audience has to be enjoined to pay attention quietly, respectfully, and anyone that wishes to stand up and take a bathroom or coffee break has to ask the Umpire

5) the other linespeople should NOT use this very important moment to stop watching the lines because those things can get erased or moved, u know....and that's not good for FAIRNESS in tennis.

5) the players have to make sure they have changed to dry, clean shirts and pants or skirts before approaching the Umpire's bench...

they are allowed to do this on court in the interest of efficient use of time , but the audience has to be reminded to watch without making fun of a player just because he or she has a few extra pounds than expected...



please add your new rules for the betterment of tennis.

tangerine said...

Rafa is dressed very casual here but he looks positively gorgeous in these photos. Something in the air? He's almost glowing. What a beautiful smile he has. *ignores Casper the Ghost standing next to him*

Beth said...

Graf-sampras....love your comments. Regarding Rafa: that's a meal I'll be shoved into any day of the week! ;-)

Pamela said...

This thread got a little raunchy eh? lol I understand the meals ladies. As much as I love love love Rafa, I'll let you all have him. I'll save my meal and plate throwing for Marat.

The best thing about Andy Murray is his dry wit. For some reason, that makes him bearable to me. Though most find it completely boring.

Helen W said...

I'm with you Pamela -- I love Brit wit.

As for Andy, in my eyes he has a lot of things going for him, not least of which is he, like Rafa, seems to be able to remain centered and level-headed as he goes along, seemingly untempted by the glam and notoriety that beckon.

vw said...

Graf, LOL! Andy has that special type of skin that Celtic descendants have.

A, I don't think that's a package, looks more like a bulky diaper.

Graf_sampras said...

of course it doesn't mean ALL northerners are like that. there are those that have beautiful pearly, milky "white" skin .

for example: the skin of the late princess diana was nice in her "whiteness" -- and she's of scottish extraction, i believe -- and it carried on to her children.

it's also individual, i guess.

the welsh actress, Julie Christie of "Dr. Zhivago" fame had (and still has) beautiful tone in her whiteness...

but when murray's skin tone is next to someone like rafa's melanin - it just really gets strikingly poor in contrast about its "healthiness"...as a matter of impression.

it's just that with murray the "pasty" "chalky" version is very prominent.

vw said...

late princess diana was nice in her "whiteness" -- and she's of scottish extraction, i believe -- and it carried on to her children.

and you can see Prince Harry has that same Casper the ghost skin that the Snowman of Dunblane has.