Rafael Nadal Visits Prince Albert II [Video]
by Tom Gainey | April 20th, 2011, 9:52 am

It’s no wonder Rafael Nadal met Prince Albert II of Monaco last week. After seven straight Monte Carlo Masters titles, Nadal practically owns the city!

A week ago last Sunday, Nadal got a special invitation to visit the Palace of Monaco and the tennis World No. 1 couldn’t pass it up.

“Thank you for the invitation,” Nadal said. “It was an honor to come to the Palace of Monaco and a pleasure to meet with HSH Prince Albert II. He is a big supporter of the tournament and I want to thank him for everything.

Interestingly, several top plays like Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki have residences in Monte Carlo for tax purposes. Nadal, as far as I know, does not.

This week, after capturing his first title of season Sunday, Nadal returns to Barcelona where he’s won that title five straight times. Today, Nadal will play his first match against Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

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6 Comments for Rafael Nadal Visits Prince Albert II [Video]

Nina Says:

Djokovic and Caroline also had launch with the Prince. :)

Colin Says:

The Prince didn’t inherit his mother’s looks, did he?
Mind you, I didn’t find the ill-fated Grace Kelly all that attractive myself, though she was certainly beautiful. Unlike my fellow Brit Alfred Hitchcock, I’m not keen on chilly blondes!

jane Says:

Was Hitchcock really keen on chilly blondes? Seemed he liked to cast them in rather, erm, bleak parts – attacked by birds or psychoes, falling off towers, finding murderers via voyeurism, and so forth. Mind you he didn’t seem to like actors much, once referred to them as cattle I think, also said Mickey Mouse was the best kind of actor because you can erase him. Crazy man, that Alfred. Master of suspense, camp and closed frames though.

Colin Says:

Jane, I think he was keen on them – in his own perverse way – and enjoyed the idea of their being menaced. I’m never quite sure what I think of his standing as a director, and suspect he may be just a little overrated. But for many years he was about the only director whose films were marketed on the strength of the director’s name rather than the actors’.
Of course all this isn’t completely off-topic, as it may well have been when filming “To Catch a Thief” in Monaco that Grace Kelly caught the eye of Prince Rainier.
Well, we have to find something to discuss when Andy isn’t playing!

jane Says:

Colin, and Hitchcock did do that film with the tennis player(s), too, didn’t he? On a train? I think he was a great director, personally, so controlled. The set design, the mise en scene, the editing – he had it down to a science, yet he still, clearly, had fun with it all, too, in a menacing and somehow humorous kind of way. ;)

Colin Says:

“mise en scene” really means “there are mice in the river”, just as “pas de deux” means “father of twins”.

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