Tennis Prose



“The God Of Clay”?

King of Clay almost doesn’t seem to do Rafael Nadal sufficient justice anymore. He’s one fortnight away of conquering Roland Garros for the fourteenth time, that’s as many majors as Pete Sampras won in total.

Maybe it’s about time to change Nadal’s official and world renowned moniker from The King of Clay to a more heightened elite status. But where else can we go with Rafa to befit his accolades and other-worldly accomplishments on the red clay tennis courts?

I can think of only one more level in the elite pantheon above King and that’s reaching the divine or semi-divine.

The Greek Gods created their immortal deities for many purposes. A temple would house the statue of a god or goddess, or multiple deities, and might be decorated with relief scenes depicting myths. Divine images were common on coins. Drinking cups and other vessels were painted with scenes from Greek myths.

Aphrodite: Goddess of beauty, love, desire, and pleasure.

Apollo: God of music, arts, knowledge, healing, plague, prophecy, poetry, manly beauty, and archery.

Athena: Goddess of reason, wisdom, intelligence, skill, peace, warfare, battle strategy, and handicrafts. According to most traditions, she was born from Zeus’s forehead, fully formed and armored. She is depicted as being crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and spear, and wearing the  aegis over a long dress. Poets describe her as “grey-eyed” or having especially bright, keen eyes. She is a special patron of heroes such as Odysseus. She is the patron of the city Athens (from which she takes her name) and is attributed to various inventions in arts and literature. Her symbol is the olive tree.

Hermes: God of boundaries, travel, trade, communication, language, writing, cunning and thieves. Hermes was also responsible for protecting livestock and presided over the spheres associated with fertility, music, luck, and deception

Poseidon: God of the sea, rivers, floods, droughts, and earthquakes.

Zeus: King of the gods, ruler of Mount Olympus, and god of the sky, weather, thunder, lightning, law, order, and justice.

Perhaps the time has arrived to refine and update Rafael Nadal’s nickname…

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  • Scoop Malinowski · May 17, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    I just patented and trademarked the new title in case it picks up momentum 🙂

  • Doug Day · May 21, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    How about we change the surface name from “clay” to “rafa?”

  • Scoop Malinowski · May 22, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Red Rafa



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