I had planned to try and do a book post today since yet again I have fallen behind, but then these pictures cropped up on my radar this morning... and, oh well!
It seems like every year at the men's tennis tournament in Bangkok they have some player go and participate in a Thai boxing "exhibition"... which translates to a bunch of pictures of some tennis pro just wearing some boxing shorts (here's a link to Jo Wilfried Tsonga's pix from 2008). Needless to say when I saw this year's volunteer, I was quite happy. Granted Rafa Nadal is making his Thailand debut, but he was too busy planting trees... but no worries as his considerably less modest countryman (he tweeted links to these photos!), Fernando Verdasco, was up for this year's boxing lessons:
Also making a shirtless appearance (lower right) is Paradorn Srichaphan, Thailand's most successful men's tennis player who sadly had his career cut short due to injury.
It appears Singha beer sponsored this little event... and while I do get a bottle of it every time we go to our favorite Thai restaurant, I will be sure to raise a glass and thank them for this year's exhibition.
For more shirtless Fernando Verdasco, be sure to check out the W&C archive on him.