I don't know that I love tennis, but I love Rafa Nadal. I followed tennis in the exciting Borg-McEnroe-Connors era because they had a crazy exciting rivalry, but it was Rafa who brought me back to tennis.
Ironically, he did it by lighting our servers on fire at SmugMug, a photo sharing website I helped start, when he was 17. He won the French Open then and his fans went insane, writing comments on his SmugMug photos, and bringing SmugMug to its knees several years in a row.
He has won more titles than anyone except Roger Federer, widely considered the best tennis player of all time. And he did it in the era of Roger Federer. How does that work? Roger is the greatest of all time but not the greatest of his era because he has a losing record to Nadal? Anyway, I love them both and once again Nadal overcame his injuries to cruise through the tournament. He's so exciting to watch.
📷: New York Times