The King of Clay is Back!

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2012 has been a somewhat rocky year for the Mallorca native, Rafael Nadal, but it seems like the clay season is putting him back into a good rhythm.  The Australian Open, Qatar Open, Indian Wells, and Miami all proved to be too much for Rafa’s knees, but the clay courts are being much kinder to the bull.  Although the Madrid Open was a different story, Nadal gained some more titles at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the Barcelona Open, and, most recently, the French Open.  After a few rain delays and four sets, Rafa defeated Djokovic at Roland Garros, becoming the most successful tennis player in French Open history.  It’s clear that Rafa feels at home on the clay courts and the scores don’t lie.  It’s true that, recently, he hasn’t been the unbeatable beast that he once was, but he is definitely not ready to retire any time soon.  His ex-nemesis, Roger Federer, is now at a safe world number 3, leaving Novak Djokovic as Rafa’s new rival.  Healthy competition is a good thing, so I’m glad someone is making Rafa work for his spot.  With all of the love and support I have for the guy, I’m anticipating the day to see if and when Rafa will get the number 1 spot back.  One thing is for sure, Rafa is not giving up his throne as the King of Clay any time soon.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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