Rafa reaches semifinals at Roland Garros

I read an article the other day in which someone suggested (more than half-seriously) that the French Open be re-named after PokerStars' ambassador and tennis legend Rafael Nadal.

If you don't already know, most folks in those parts call it Les internationaux de France de Roland-Garros, or more succinctly, Roland Garros. It's named after a famous French pilot from World War I who shot down four enemies in the air (one short of ace status, if you are keeping score).

Meanwhile, Rafa has seven French Open titles, more than anyone since that tennis club opened its doors to players outside France . He's tied with Bjorn Borg with the most consecutive men's titles (4). Now, he's looking to add an eighth title, and he's off to a great start.


Rafa with fans at a PokerStars promotional event in Paris

Seeded third to start the French Open, Rafa played the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka today and beat him in three straight sets (6-3, 6-3, 6-1). Rafa will now play top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

Good luck the rest of this week, Rafa. Even if they don't name the place after you, no one of this generation will ever think of it without thinking of your name.

Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging

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