I really did try

Earlier this year I shared some photos of Rafael Nadal changing his shirt during a tennis match at the French Open. For those who aren’t familiar with Nadal, he’s extremely superstitious. Seriously you have to watch and see. After each set he changes his shirt. If you ever see him play live you’ll know when he’s doing it. Hundreds of people will start to whistle. After sharing photos from the French Open some bloggers requested more photos of a nearly naked Nadal. I promised I would do my best when I attended the US Open. We’ve been going to the Open for many years. Each year we get upgraded to better seats, which I love. Now for the bad news for those who wanted the naked pictures. This year our seats were behind the players so my view of Nadal changing his shirt wasn’t great. I tried, but I’m not sure it’s the same. I have my fingers crossed for better shirt-changing seats next year.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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62 Responses to I really did try

  1. niasunset says:

    This is amazing, you are lucky, I wished to be there too for taking his pictures. Thank you dear TBM, my fingers crossed too for you, love, nia

  2. bulldog says:

    My body is better than his… maybe I should post some bare chested photos of me… lol

  3. Ooooooooooooh! I’ve been waiting for this for MONTHS and you have delivered! From a less than ideal angle, true, but I sure appreciate the effort 🙂 And, like you said, there’s always hope for the future.
    (What I’m hoping for is that he’ll get even more superstitious and develops a compulsion to change his pants, too.)

  4. Front or back, it’s still hot! Thank you. 😉

  5. Robin says:

    Still, it’s a nice try. 🙂

  6. bocafrau says:

    Ha ha. Back or front, who cares. He’s still nice to look at! 🙂

  7. lol i don’t follow tennis and had never heard of him. is this what you’d call a human interest story? 😉

  8. Oh, how funny! I remember the old days when players would play with shirts that were drenched with sweat. Yuck. 🙂

  9. restlessjo says:

    I’ll settle for that 🙂 Cheers, TBM!

  10. FictionFan says:

    I think his back is just as lovely as his front… 😉

  11. Anna says:

    Hilarious post! I don’t watch much tennis (even though I like the sport) but I have heard of Nadal and his habit of changing his shirt 😀

  12. Vishy says:

    I didn’t know about Nadal’s superstition. Interesting! Nice pictures 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Oh you have to watch him to really understand all of his little quirks. Pay attention before each point and how he places his water bottles on the ground.

  13. Meredith says:

    For the first time EVER, I am somewhat interested in Tennis.

  14. Oooh, me like :). I think I’m starting to fancy tennis!!

  15. adinparadise says:

    Wow, pics indeed. 🙂

  16. Hee hee – the tings you do for us, we salute you 🙂

  17. poppytump says:

    What’s not to like as they say 😉
    Very nice TBM !

  18. pattisj says:

    Cute. Are you sure you’re there to watch tennis? LOL

  19. Novroz says:

    What’s the supertitious with changing shirt?

    • TBM says:

      I don’t know his reasoning behind it. Maybe the one time he didn’t he lost. I just know that he always changes it after each set. Has quite the routine before each shot. Before the match he runs out on the court in the exact same way. And he always places his water bottle in the same spots. It’s funny to watch.

  20. elisaruland says:

    I adore that man, quirks and all! Thanks for sharing your Nadal moment, he’s what I call…easy on the eyes. 😉

  21. Fergiemoto says:

    Really, really nice try…they turned out pretty good… 🙂

  22. I’m crossing my fingers for better seats for you too, although these shots are quite nice. 😉

  23. The Guat says:

    Dude I was so glad he won. And the pics you did take are AWESOME! Dude can’t believe you were that close!

    • TBM says:

      When you watch the players on the smaller courts you really are close. After we left they put Federer on Armstrong. I would have loved that!

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