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I Heart Heather Watson

Posted by gauloises1 on October 23, 2009

Nice piece on US Open junior champion Heather Watson from The Guardian. Admittedly it’s mainly stuff we’ve read before – her decision to turn pro, her relationship with Laura Robson, her supportive family background – but god bless the interviewer who gave her the chance to expand on her previously mentioned affection for a certain Juan Martin del Potro:

“I’m thinking nice thoughts now,” she murmurs as a husky little chuckle curls around her words. “I’m thinking Del Potro thoughts here.”

On a cold morning in Roehampton, at the Lawn Tennis Association’s lavish headquarters on the south-western fringes of London, the 17-year-old sounds warm and fuzzy as she dreams of the tall and powerful 21-year-old Argentinian who was an equally surprising winner at the US Open last month. Juan Martín del Potro crushed Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, and then overwhelmed Roger Federer to win his first grand slam title. […]

That same sincere enthusiasm lights up gloomy old Roehampton. Watson opens her eyes wide when asked about her fascination with her fellow US Open champion. “I love Del Potro! I was so happy when he won. He’s very cool. I like his game because he’s different to the other men. He hits the ball very flat. And I like the way he walks. It’s very confident. I also like [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga. He’s very cute too. I like his aura on court.” Watson laughs breezily. “But Del Potro’s something else …”

Has she met him? “Nope. But, when I was in the cafeteria at Flushing Meadows he was there, eating, with his hood up and his head down. I walked very slowly then, just staring at him to see what he was eating and stuff. And then he looked up and saw me. I carried on walking then, fast, but on the inside I was going, ‘Yesssss! He looked at me!'” […]

Yet, rather than falling for an archetypal high school sports jock, Watson has more rarefied tastes in slightly older men. “I’m thinking Del Potro again,” she warns, before casting her net a little wider. “Nadal’s quite good-looking off court. On court he’s a bit … sweaty! Del Potro’s much more elegant.”

Asked to close her eyes again, for a last photograph, the young woman dreaming of a brand new life in professional tennis, can’t resist a final quip. “I’m thinking of the moment me and Del Potro made eye contact back in New York. Maybe, one day, he might even know who I am.”

It’s official. Heather Watson is not merely a Tim. She’s One Of Us.

del potro fan girl

11 Responses to “I Heart Heather Watson”

  1. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    At first I thought that she was one of us but then I realized that if you, IRTTY or I were in the same cafeteria as Elf we wouldn’t walk slowly by him and then think “Yess” when he looked at us. We would just jump on him as soon as we spotted the Tower of Tandil.

    This kid has totally grown on me. I like her more every time I read about her.

  2. imtotallyrad said

    I have no idea who this girl is but i like her….she has my full support in just about anything she does…even if that anything involves getting frisky with juan….because atleast one of ‘us’ should do it.
    And the fact that shes an actual tennis player and finds herself in cafaterias around the world with our elf…means shes alot closer to jumping on him then any of us…. (sadly)

  3. imtotallyrad said

    oh and that kids totally cute! his hairs so cool! && i want to pinch his little cheeks and steal his flag 😛

  4. Nic said

    Goodness, that’s so adorable. Just wanting to see what he eats…. hmm, I wonder what he *does* eat?

    And I love the line “I’m thinking Del Potro thoughts here”!

    L-Rob, Heather and Anne kick arse in the personality departments. GB, the Queen and her porgies, the LTA and all it’s millions… you’re doing something right.

  5. Maria said

    Didn’t know much about the lass but reading that made me smile, her reaction when Elf looked at her was so cute! Lovely interview, I nominate her as Elf-spy 001 ala 007; gathering all necessary intel re what Mr Del Potro likes to eat….

  6. sophienz said

    I bet it was Italian

  7. Maria said

    Has anyone seen this clip? Great closeups of his eyes…

    Mmmm Italian… Wouldn’t mind sharing image a plate of spaghetti with Elf. Eating it like Lady and the Tramp….

  8. coookies said

    Those Brits and their love for older tennis players. I want her to win Wimbly so she can invite JMdP to the ball, a la Laura with Maratski. Robson a birthday card out of it, up the ante, Heather

  9. coookies said

    No edit? meant to say Laura got a b-day card out of it.

  10. lauren said

    It’s fascinating the way British tennis evolves. A couple of years back when Tim retired and Andy made waves, everyone was scornful of the women’s game. And suddenly we have a clutch of exciting young female players making the men’s game look even more barren.

  11. […] by gauloises1 on January 25, 2010 So the US Open Junior champion and fellow del Potro-fancier, Heather Watson, lost in the first round of the girls’ singles. […]

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