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Shtoo-rill III: Delpo Time!

Posted by gauloises1 on April 28, 2011

Here are some belated photos of JMDP from his first two matches against Sousa and Falla (courtesy once again of the legendary Pedro).

After an initial wobble against Sousa, JMDP looked terrifyingly solid against Falla yesterday and now faces Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals tomorrow. I wrote a sort of thing about that match here on tennis.com; by way of prediction, let me say that on on-court form, JMDP will win. On practice court form, Robin will win. Either way, it’s going to be exciting …

Here is the transcript of yesterday’s (very short) press conference …

Your level today, was it even better than yesterday and how pleased are you?

Yes, I played much better today. I feel confidence with my game and basically with my serve. Always it’s tough to play against this kind of player but I made a good match, I go through and hopefully be ready to play against Soderling.

You’ve beaten him on all surfaces but never clay. What are you thinking of for the next match?

Well, for me, I think it’s going to be different here with different weather, different surface. He’s playing really well this season, he made fantastic results on clay and he’s playing really good tennis. Of course I will try to beat him but I will need to be focused during the match all the time and try to take my opportunities and be in good shape to beat him.

How close do you feel you are to the kind of form you had in 2009, and what aspects of your game need to get better, do you think?

I don’t know, I’m trying to come back at a good level. I think I’m improving very fast and I don’t know if I can play like I did in 2009 or not; maybe I can play worse, or better, this year. But I know it’s a long road to be safety [sic], to be healthy and play on all surfaces against all the players and at a good level too. But I am trying to improve my game, and improve my body, my physique and I will see if I’m ready to play again.

Guess who asked the final, idiotic question? Yes, that’s right. I did. In fairness, I wasn’t expecting to say anything. In fact, I thought seriously that I wasn’t going in for fear of crying or falling over or spontaneously combusting. But then he walked in, all giant and … giant with his tousled hair, and I couldn’t resist. And then nobody else had any questions after the first two and, well, I couldn’t let him leave thinking he wasn’t wanted. In fact, I couldn’t let him leave.

So I said a question, the only question which occurred to me at that point (apart from “So, Juan Martin, how are you so GIANT and AMAZING?!”), and he answered me looking at me all the time with his amazing green eyes – which, in person, are up close and amazing. And I pretended to scribble notes in my notebook and audibly giggled when he said he needed to improve his body, and thanked him very politely after he finished, and then went off and died in a corner.

Oh, and you don’t get the full humiliating force of this story until you realise that I was sunburned at the time, but only on the bits I’d missed with my factor 50, while the rest of my skin continues to be blinding white.

And that is the story of probably the one and only time I will ever get to be in a room with Juan Martin del Potro, let alone have him speak to me or look at me with his huge, amazing green eyes. (Seriously, I think I’m pregnant. With a green baby.) But just in case I do catch him tomorrow (my last day), can anyone think of any sensible/witty/incisive questions I should ask him?

Apart from “So, Juan Martin, how are you so GIANT and AMAZING?!”. Because he is.

11 Responses to “Shtoo-rill III: Delpo Time!”

  1. Saoirse said

    You are so bleedin’ lucky, I can’t stand it!! I really should be hating you right now but no one deserves to meet the big fella more than you do, so there. Enjoy the moment!

    Oh G, why did you have to ask him the exact same question EVERYONE has been asking him in EVERY tournament since his comeback? Mind you, you did a 1000 times better than I would have done in his angelic presence… The only question I ever come up with when I am nervous is “So what’s up”. See, you weren’t hopelessly pathetic.

    Okay. Does it have to be tennis-related? Maybe he’d like to talk about how bad Boca is sucking this year or about his good buddy’s (Palermo) retirement at the end of the season… Football talk always seems to have him going. Hum let’s think here… How about his injury? How’s the wrist? Is it back to normal or does he feel like he has to be cautious, can he really crack those monstrous forehands with no afterthoughts of injuring it again? And most importantly, how open is he about the idea of getting a crazy stalker fan pregnant with his green-eyed baby???

    • irefusetotellyou said

      …and then shortly thereafter would he be willing to get it on with another crazy stalker fan, but fortheloveofJesus do NOT get her pregnant? Or we can just cuddle. Or be soul mates. WHATEVZ.

      Find out where he stands on this.

  2. Nic said

    It’s been so long since I’ve seen a JMDP picspam. I’d forgotten just how tall he is. So very tall. I think a question on his giantness is entirely appropriate.

    Also, how amazingly amazing have things worked out. A few short years ago would you have ever guessed that one day you’d get to embarass yourself totally in front of your favourite player. Isn’t that every fans wish?

    Well done, G.

  3. irefusetotellyou said

    I am practically HAVING HYSTERICS RIGHT NOW just thinking of you sitting mere feet from him (er, probably) and being so close you could GRAB HIM. And/or DEAR JESUS, if I ever had to ask him a question, I would probably just pee my pants. In which case my question would be “WHERE IS THE TOILET AND/OR PLEASE LEAVE NOW SO I CAN CLEAN UP MY MESS.”

    P.S: You should ask him if he knows about his crazy fandom and/or blogs that may sort of be dedicated to him and if he is freaked out by that or welcomes the ladayzzz throwing himself at him. And try and work my phone number into there somehow. Thanks.

    • Saoirse said

      Being a complete and total moron, I giggle-snorted Beavis & Butt-Head style and nodded in approval with a daft smile on my face reading your comment. You’re the kind of person I just want to permanently high-five and maybe copy your haircut (does not apply if your haircut is some sort of artsy mullet). You’re my Bigfoot. You’re my Elvis.

      Can we have joint custody of the Elf once G fixes us up with him?

      • irefusetotellyou said

        Somewhat ironically, I was just complaining that my hair looks like crap right now (sticking out in every direction imaginable, and some directions that are even beyond imagination.) But the good news it isn’t a mullet.

        And yes, FO SHO, let’s have joint custody. I’m sure that it won’t even take much convincing from Gaul for JMDP to obviously want to be with us forever…

  4. Rish said

    I am laughing so hard, you’re the best. You have just summed up what I think would happen to any of us who might happen to fall into the glorious luck of being in the same room as our fave. So great. And loving the Tennis.com pieces, as always. Send my love to the llama. He so giant. So amazing. Yes.

  5. Carrie said

    Hee! My husband kept asking me why I was giggling like a loon while reading your post.

    Congrats on not needing a fainting couch!;)

  6. Silvia said

    Congrats again, you lucky girl! So, did you actually hear what he answered? Or just stared at him thinking about her green eyes and your green baby? :)

  7. PoorLittleMonique said

    Congrats, G :) Thanks for letting us live vicariously through thee

  8. Oh man i’m so with you on the green eyes thing! After one of his prac sessions at this years AO, which by some miracle i happened upon I produced a very large Arg flag and asked him politely if he wouldn’t mind signing it, well at least that’s what i would have said if he didn’t look at me! I pulled the flag out and we made eye contact and I felt my jaw begin to drop without me consciously deciding i wanted to stand there in front of him like a complete gormless prat….his eyes are just so GREEN and pretty! seriously! seriously So so green! and it would be somewhat of a lie to admit the words “our children would have beautiful eyes” didn’t run through my head for a brief crazy fangirl moment.

    on a non fan-girl hysteria note, you should defiantly ask him about Boca Jnrs. and about Palermo retiring and about how it felt to run around on the field with all those guys and look incredibly hot damn whilst doing so? …you could maybe leave the ‘hot damn’ part out if you didn’t want to come on to strong but yeah anything about fútbol will bring a smile to his face for sure!

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