Rafa takes on Selbst and more at Indian Wells

Today, Rafa Nadal will be looking to make it into the quarterfinals at Indian Wells. That is his job, after all. But over the weekend, Nadal took a little time off to battle without a racket in his hand.

As Rafa readied himself for the big moments at Indian Wells, he sat down with the likes of Vanessa Selbst, Melanie Weisner, and...well a friendly columnist from the LA Times who admitted he might be a little out of his depth.


Nadal, Weisner, and Selbst matched wits with the LA Times' Bill Dwyre, who quipped in his column, "This wasn't just fluff stuff. Journalism was practiced. I asked Selbst how much money a poker player of her caliber made. She said that, in her nine years, she had generated $10 million in winnings, but really netted only half that. I was worried less about the game then. She was clearly a peer."


As most people are, Dwyre was impressed by how a man as famous as Nadal can find a friend just about anywhere. PokerStars, he said, was lucky to pick up the tennis legend.

"With Nadal, they struck gold. If there is a nicer, more down-to-earth, raised-right athlete, you have to hunt hard," Dwyre wrote.


As usual, the cameras were rolling as Nadal sat down. If you'd like a look inside the private game, we have it below.

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