Rafael Nadal Plants a Tree! [Video]
by Tom Gainey | September 28th, 2010, 11:16 am

Rafael Nadal is a man of his schedule! In keeping with his itinerary when he landed in Thailand last week, Nadal today took part in a tree planting project in honor of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s “One Million Trees for the King” charity program in Hua Hin.

Tomorrow Nadal will meet with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in Bangkok and then play his first round match Thursday against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans.

According to this report, Nadal is getting paid almost $1.5 million dollars ($1.47M) to show up for the Bangkok event! For that kind of money it’s no wonder Nadal has been appearing at these off-court, non-tennis events. It’s all in the name of promoting the country and culture of Thailand.

Here’s video:

And an interview with Rafa:

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7 Comments for Rafael Nadal Plants a Tree! [Video]

Karthick Says:

Rafa you are the greatest ever!!!

Sean Randall Says:

I’ll plant a forest for 1.5 mill!

Anna Says:

Roger made 60+ million last year mostly in endorsements and fees, Rafa made 20+ million. It sounds absurd, but golf stars, NBA stars, etc. make even more.

zola Says:

The report doesn’t say 1.5 M for planting trees! It is the appearance fee for the tournament. Are you telling that Roger Federer and other tennis pros do not get appearance fees? why single out Rafa? and why change the story? I understand you do not like Rafa but there are lots of Rafa fans visiting this site and the least you can do is to be fair.

zola Says:

Steve Tignor on Bangkok:

The event is an appearance-fee special, of course. I can remember watching Andy Roddick and Marat Safin casually zip, exhibition-style, to a third-set tiebreaker in Bangkok a few years ago. Neither of them had ever, or would ever, play more quickly than they did that day. At the same time, this not the worst thing in the world. There are no massive expectations for an event like this, and likely no titanic ramifications for the future of the sport. It’s there to be played, enjoyed while it lasts, and forgotten.

Nadal has had Bangkok on his schedule a couple times in the past and not made the trip. He’s in town this time, fishing, not riding an elephant, and getting ready for either Ruben Bemelmans or Frederik Nelson in the second round.

dc Says:

so Typical of Nadal – he even plants trees only on clay.We would like to see him plan some trees on grass and hard surfaces

Skeezerweezer Says:

I’d do it for half! Lol.,.,

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