Rafael Nadal enjoys his boating adventure. ( Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal is doing his best to relax before he begins his bid for a ninth title at the Monte Carlo Masters this week, and what better way for an island guy to enjoy himself than on a boat? Nadal visited the Monte Carlo Yacht Club and rode along with the crew of the Tuiga as it sailed around the harbor.
"It was a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon," Nadal said. "It was a special experience for me. I am from an island, so the sea, the sails and everything involved means a lot to me... I don't go sailing very often. I go more often on a motor boat. I don't have much time at the moment for sailing, maybe in the future. I spend a lot of time on the sea when I'm at home, especially in the summer. I live in front of the sea and the port is three minutes from my home."
More photos from Rafa's day at the harbor below.
Sailing is hard work. ( Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Missed Photo Opportunity No. 1: Rafa strolling the pier in a captain's hat. ( Julian Finney/Getty Images)
It's a shame Monte Carlo doesn't photograph well. ( Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Missed Photo Opportunity No. 2: Inviting Roger Federer along for an "I'm the king of the world!" pose. ( Julian Finney/Getty Images)
I'm on a boat!
(Julian Finney/Getty Images)