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Rafael Nadal

Despite being a huge fan of Roger “the Fed Express” Federer, I’m really glad that Rafael Nadal won the US Open title last night. He is now one of only seven players to have won all four grand slam titles (the Australian Open, the US Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon), and at 24 years of age, he is one of the youngest players to have done it.

The other players who have achieved this feat are André Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Fred Perry and Roger Federer. By the way, I was once worried that Nadal would win all four titles before Federer; I was so relieved when Federer finally won the French Open in 2009.

I remember once when Nadal played at Wimbledon and wrote a daily blog for one of the British newspapers. His blog was really interesting, but I had to stop reading it because I was starting to prefer him to Federer! This is all sounding a bit weird but I’ll try to explain what I mean.

I think that writing a blog is a great way for celebrities to increase their popularity because it creates a personal connection between the celebrity and the fan. This is especially true for humble guys like Nadal, who was writing about simple things like playing video games with his housemates.

Ever since I read his blog, Nadal has become my 2nd favourite tennis player. I know I should be supporting Andy Murray, but he doesn’t come across as a very likeable bloke. I’d like to see him win a grand slam one day, but I will always find myself supporting Federer or Nadal when they play against Murray.

It’s a shame that Nadal suffers from tendonitis in his knees because I’m sure he could go on to win a lot more tennis titles. He has won 9 grand slam titles and is now ranked no. 1 in the world. It will be interesting to see if he can catch up with or even overtake Roger Federer, who has won 16 grand slam titles. I hope Federer, who at 29 seems to be struggling a bit, manages to win 20 grand slams before Nadal catches up! 🙂

Evil teamwork

This is a follow-up to the opinion piece I posted on 28th August. I wrote about LP Ariyawathie, the woman from Sri Lanka who moved to Saudi Arabia to work as a housemaid. She was subjected to a month of torture, and returned to Sri Lanka with 24 nails and needles in her body.

I was listening to The Young Turks podcast, and I learnt a bit more about the story. Apparently, she was tortured by a husband and wife. The wife would heat the needles up, and the husband would then insert them into her body.

They inserted the nails and needles into her hands, knees and ankles. They even managed to insert one into her forehead! Talk about evil teamwork!

How did they end up like this? Either, one half of the couple strongly influenced the other half, or they were both like this before they met each other. This is what happens when people have more power than they deserve or can handle.

I am sure we would all be shocked if this had been done to an animal, yet it was done to a fellow human being. What did they think would happen afterwards? Did they think the nails would somehow dissolve into Ms Ariyawathie’s blood and noone would find out? Finally, did they really think they could get away with it?

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