Anyone for tension?
He’s the tennis superstar who has netted a fortune, has hordes of admirers and is happy with his girlfriend. Yet something’s bugging Rafael Nadal
Published: 5 June 2011
If anyone else tells me what a lovely lad Rafael Nadal is, I shall scream. He is not a lad, he has just turned 25, which is admittedly young, but he is in his ninth year on the professional tennis circuit, has won nine Grand Slam titles and is worth at least £68m. And I didn’t find him lovely at all. When I finally met him in his hotel suite in Rome (he was playing the Rome Masters), he was lying on a massage table with his flies undone affording me a good view of his Armani underpants — Armani being one of his many sponsors, natch. . .
Read the whole article here. (The Times is subscription-only, thank you for this.)
We have just skimmed through the article. First impressions: Lynn Barber does not come right out and say “Rafa is gay”. Her problem is not that he is gay, but that he’s boring. Now we’re going to read the whole piece closely.
Disclosure: We loved An Education, which was based on Lynn Barber’s memoir.