Que Caliente! Rafa Nadal in Mallorca

Wimbledon season has officially begun!
I’m super-excited to watch Spanish champ Rafa Nadal, fresh from his French Open triumph and currently ranked #2 in the world, attempt to take the Wimbledon title for the third time. Let’s hope he reaches the finals and plays against either Roger Federer (#3) or Novak Djokovic (#1) for another thrilling showdown of masterful tennis!

Prior to his arrival in the UK, it was refreshing to see him unwind and chill in his hometown of Mallorca, cooking in the kitchen and hanging out with family and friends. Just in case you’re wondering….no, he and I are not personally acquainted…but I am on his Facebook feed. His posts are in Spanish, obviously, but Facebook provides translations, if I want. Rather stalker-y of me, isn’t it? But there you go, that’s the power of social media in today’s world.

Anyway, in anticipation of a 2012 Wimbledon trophy for Rafa, here’s a quick glimpse of the champion relaxing at his beautiful beachside home in Mallorca. He’s looking all sorts of caliente in all the pics, of course (you ladies and gays out there can thank me in the Comments below:-) But we can also see a little bit of what his terraza overlooking the Mediterranean sea looks like. I like the pop of teal on the beach pillows against the white expanse of the terrace, don’t you? We see that he has a pool and, as befitting a top-class athlete, a nice home gym. I do wish we had more shots of the interiors because judging from its exterior, it looks like it would be a stylish beach house inside too!

As for the last pic in the gallery, which has nothing to do with his beach house WHATSOEVER, I have to confess that I saved the best for last. That is simply gratuitous. So, relax, feast your eyes and enjoy. La vida es demasiado corta (life’s too short).

I have to thank the folks over at the Rafael Nadal fan site http://www.vamosbrigade.com for the pics, which were culled from Rafa’s exclusive interviews for Spanish celebrity magazine Hola! and for the German edition of Tennis Magazine.

Will YOU be watching Wimbledon? WHO are you rooting for???

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