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Image is Everything: Delpo Does DC (UPDATED)

Posted by gauloises1 on August 10, 2009

Just a few pictures I for some reason didn’t post earlier. Nobody minds an Elf picspam, do they? Thought not.

TENNIS-MEN/WASHINGTON

Taking a breather during the Gonzo match.

elf gonzo

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gonzo elf

Love.

TENNIS-MEN/WASHINGTON

Intensity.

TENNIS-MEN/WASHINGTON

Arms. That is all.

Washington Tennis

No, I don’t know what he’s doing.

Washington Tennis

In your face.

TENNIS-MAN/WASHINGTON

Elfhugs FTW.

Washington Tennis

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Washington Tennis

TENNIS-MAN/WASHINGTON

“So … what are the chances of you hugging me again?”

TENNIS-MAN/WASHINGTON

Happiness.

EDIT: OK, just a couple more.

Because of all Elf’s maneouvres on the court …

ARGH NO

… this is my favourite.

I like to think of it as the “ARGH NO DON’T LOOK AT ME!” maneouvre.

i am the champion

Look at his little face.

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Is it me, or does this photo give off a definite aura of “someone just said something they shouldn’t and now it’s REALLY AWKWARD?”

I also forgot to link to this article from the Washington Post about the final and the prospect of a “beautiful, if gentle” rivalry for years to come.

“Today was brutal,” said Roddick, 26. “It was pretty hot and obviously the play — 2 hours 20-plus [minutes] — was tough. I think he might have been feeling it more than I did. He didn’t want to get into long points and was kind of going for broke there at the end. I was rolling the dice and he hit Yahtzee a bunch of times. That’s kind of the way it goes sometimes. I think he finished up with 10 first serves in a row and there certainly wasn’t much being taken off of those so credit to him for winning the match.”

Del Potro, 20, had complained after Saturday night’s semifinal about the oppressive heat and humidity, so no one expected him to greet a 3 p.m. start on one of the hottest days of the summer with boundless enthusiasm. Indeed, he described Sunday’s conditions this way: “If you run, you die.”

So del Potro did what any right-thinking, heat-hating player would do: He served the heck out of the ball so he wouldn’t, well, die. He’s young, but not stupid.

Nice stuff.

11 Responses to “Image is Everything: Delpo Does DC (UPDATED)”

  1. kaitepai said

    Adorable. I think boy has beefed up a little, yes??
    Stoked to see him win this, hoping he gets his first masters series this week!! Thanks for the pics and the entertaining blog!

  2. linz said

    That article made me feel better, which I wasn’t expecting =) Thanks Gaul.

    It’s funny seeing Roddick look sooo small!! He keeps playing all these really tall guys and it makes him look so tiny. He also looks like he might have lost even more weight since the beginning of the year- he’s definitely keeping up his fitness, which is good. And I’m a much bigger fan of the white tablecloth shirt vs. the black tablecloth shirt. I’m just glad there’s another option and that it’s not quite as intense as Marin’s DC tablecloth shirt, which was AWFUL.

    • gauloises1 said

      I really wish they’d stop it with the tablecloth pattern. It doesn’t do much for Andy IMO.

      Roddick just looks so much leaner (and hungrier) than the beginning of the year. I like it.

  3. happy ions said

    love juan martin. love that this blog loves juan martin. love the photos, especially the elfhug. i hope juan martin doesn’t get injured and gets a bunch of slams. i believe he can do it! i also hope roger wins 7 more while del potro is winning his. 😀

  4. irefusetotellyou said

    Love the sweat stains on his shorts. It’s sort of ridiculous how excited (in many ways.) I get by looking at him …

    maybe this site should be redubbed as a porn site? Because it totally does it for me.

  5. irefusetotellyou said

    OK, sorry, I should probably be kicked off this sight for my gratuitous Elf-related posts/comments/smorgasms.

    But I feel as if this picture is too good to miss.

    http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/1rWSp2DfVWR/Legg+Mason+Tennis+Championships+Day+6/Vnhuge-47bN/Juan+Martin+Del+Potro

  6. imtotallyrad said

    i just made a comment over at MTF about how much i love the juan martin roddick hug picture!
    i love it because juan compeltly commited to that hug lol like his giving a proper hug where andys like “oh woah this dudes all up on me huggin me i just wanted to pat him on the back” =D

    i kinda have the urge to just pounce on him in that second last picture…=]

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