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7 Reasons That Clare Balding Shouldn’t Ask Rhetorical Questions.

Posted on July 5, 2010 in Posts | 0 comments

Clare Balding on centre court at Wimbledon wearing headphones with a BBC Radio 5Live microphone and Dom Joly in the background

It was all going quite well during the men’s final at Wimbledon yesterday.  And then, after the presentations, while I was writing today’s 7 Reasons piece, Clare Balding suddenly – and without any prior warning – said, “…and he’s posing now in various different ways with the trophy.  How many things can you do with the Wimbledon trophy?”  Thanks Clare.

1.  You can wear it on your head.

Rafael (Rafa) Nadal with the Wimbledon Men's trophy on his head

2.  You can utilise it as occasional seating.

Rafael (Rafa) Nadal using the Men's Wimbledon trophy as a seat

3.  You can hide behind it (poorly).

(Rafa) Nadal hiding behind the Men's Wimbledon trophy on centre court

4.  You can take it to the prom.

Rafael (Rafa) Nadal in evening dress (a dinner jacket, a tuxedo) with the Men's Wimbledon trophy.

5.  You can climb inside it.

Rafael (Rafa) Nadal inside the Men's Wimbledon Trophy on Centre Court

6.  You can take it to Slough (cautiously).

Rafael (Rafa) Nadal takes the Men's Wimbledon trophy to Slough

7.  You (well, he) can come back and win it again next year, and the next year, and the next year…because Rafael Nadal can win it as many times as he wants to.  He is one of the single most impressive athletes I’ve seen.  Never mind the natural talent and effortless grace of the pompous Federer; never mind whatever it is that Murray’s supposed to bring to the game; never mind confining yourself to the sport of tennis, even.  Nadal is awesome.  A brilliant, and entirely self-made competitor, at the top of his game – in large part – due to effort, application and dedication.  I can’t think of a more formidable athlete in all of sport.

Rafael (Rafa) Nadal raises the Wimbledon men's trophy aloft in 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019

Oh, and thanks Clare, I had plans last night, damn it.


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