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Old News: Elf Is a Sweetie

Posted by gauloises1 on June 13, 2009

You may have heard that during Roland Garros, JMDP gifted signed Boca Junior shirts (his soccer team) to Nadal, Djokovic and Federer. (Note which member of the Big Four is missing from that list …)

Finally, thanks to the lovely people at MTF, some photographic evidence has more or less surfaced:

elf fed

He’s such a KAD.

In an interview before the Roland Garros semi-final, Elf spoke about his respect for Federer and the difficulty of getting close to him:

“It happens to me and almost all the people. He spoke with everyone and is the most friendly, but we watch him from another world … Without doubt, share dressing rooms, lunch and be in the same places where they are the largest in the history of tennis and to live it up close is a privilege. … And in talking with Roger … Roger, I have a very good relationship, but I still felt a little something. He is too good, too good.”

He also said that the shirts came courtesy of Martin Palermo from Boca, and that it struck him (Elf) as a nice gift, because when he, Djokovic, Federer and Nadal are in the locker rooms towards the end of tournaments, they mainly talk about football.

I wonder how much that gesture and whatever conversation with Federer occurred contributed towards Elf’s seeming victory over, if not Federer, then his Fedipal complex?

Whatever. He’s just adorable.

No Responses Yet to “Old News: Elf Is a Sweetie”

  1. SA said

    Aww. Elf, like JJ, is just winning me over more and more everyday.

  2. evie said

    There was clearly a relationship there when Fed said that he felt sad for JMDP after the match — happy for himself, sad for Elf. Don’t recall him ever saying anything like that when he beat Djoko 😉

  3. AmyLu said

    That’s a really fun story — thanks for finding it. That’s a pretty sweet gift considering Boca (and their rival River) would be the equivalent of Real Madrid and Barcelona in Argentina.

    I find it somewhat amusing that Nalbandian is a huge River fan, while Elf is a huge Boca fan. I’m guessing that may not have helped in their quest to become friends. 😉

  4. J said

    Sorry to be anal – typo alert: you said that Nole is the only one of the big four missing when it’s Murray? Or did he give one to Murray and Nole missed out?

  5. Cubbie said

    I read a translation of an Argie article where Elf talked about giving the shirt to Feds (this was before the semis). He said that he got it before the draw came out and joked that if Feds beat him he was going to ask for it back.

    Elf seems to still have a reputation as a glum humorless jerk in some tennis realms and I just don’t get it. I think he is adorable. He may shoot his mouth off at times- but he seems like a funny sweet guy.

  6. […] ps. 現在小朋友發育真好,JMDP的身高也太恐怖了。 ps2. 其他詳情請見這邊 […]

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