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Welcome Back to the Winners’ Circle

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2010

Feliciano Lopez won his first ATP title since 2004 today when he defeated eighth-seeded Frenchman and maiden tour finalist Stephane Robert 75 61 to take the SA Tennis Open title in Johannesburg.

Felicitations.

12 Responses to “Welcome Back to the Winners’ Circle”

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

    Congrats Feli but why so sad?

    Why are so many tennis trophies safety liabilities?

  2. lauren said

    I’m fighting back the tide of ‘horny’ puns.

  3. Imtotallyrad said

    he probably misses he’s Nando, thats why he’s sad….but thanks to the lovely comments above^^ i really cant focus on much other then how awful that trophy is. its like “6 years of no titles and then i get this questionably desinged pun filled trophy as my prize”

  4. robert said

    Feli often struck me as somewhat limp, mild, boring personality, at odds with his glorious physique. But watching the end of this final and then the trophy presentation, I was surprised to find him zesty and fun. He smiled a lot. His speech was great, his English more than fluid, he joked with sponsors, South African Airways (“How many free miles you give to the winner? We’ll discuss that later on.”). He joked with a group of Spanish fans (“Now that a Spaniard won in SA, hope that our football team also wins the World Cup here.”).

    BTW, this trophy is not something designed, these are actual natural antlers of an antelope. It was neat to see a closeup of the computerized engravig tool cutting Feli’s name (in less than a minute) into the golden plate at the bottom when the match ended.

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