May all readers enjoy a Happy New Year!
- Rafa celebrates with the Spanish custom of eating grapes (12 in a row, nervously). He also had Jo and Gael to accompany him at a concert. Good cheer all around.
- Boris Becker, in his ever-poetic way, wishes everyone a Happy New Year.
- DelPo wishes everyone a Happy New Year too! He’ll be playing the exho at Punta del Este with Guga, el Gato, and Cuevas on Jan. 2-3
- Murray celebrates the New Year with the surprising news that his new coach will be gloomy tennis legend Ivan Lendl. Muzz and Lendl seem a fitting coach-player pair. I’m looking forward to Lendl and Judy Murray sitting in the player box together.
For those who don’t celebrate New Year’s, raise a glass to David Nalbandian, who celebrates his birthday (El Rey is no ordinary human being—he chose New Year’s Day to enter the world).
To atone for my last post, when I featured a slightly unflattering portrait of Nalby, here is a photo from back when he was a little munchkin:
He looks the same—blue eyes, mess of blond hair, and a smile that swings between angelic cherub and frightening beast. May the injury demons back off Nalby for the 2012 season.