The Earth Moves, and Not In a Good Way
Posted by gauloises1 on March 2, 2010
So unless you’re living under a rock somewhere (and it shattered and fell on your head), you’ll have heard that Chile has been hit with an 8.8-magnitude earthquake with its epicentre somewhere in the vicinity of Concepcion (felt by Delpo in Buenos Aires). This news doesn’t really fall within the scope of this website, except that Chile is due to host a Davis Cup tie with Israel this weekend. The tie will go ahead as scheduled in the northern port town of Coquimbo, which has suffered little damage.
However, the Chileans appear to be feeling a certain amount of reluctance to go ahead with the tie (unsurprisingly. God.) The Chilean no. 2, former Olympic gold medallist Nicolas Massu, and an official statement from the Chilean tennis federation have both said that they would have postponed had the choice been left to them and not the ITF.
Fernando Gonzalez, meanwhile, posted a message from Acapulco on his website on Sunday:
I was watching TV and I found out about the earthquake. I’m so sad for the victims and families. I’m at Mexico City. This nght I’ll fly to Lima to try to get a new flight to Santiago.
Thank God I could talk with my family after the earthquake. I watched TV all the time and I’m so sad with the news. It’s tough I can’t be in Chile. I’m praying. I would like to help with the reconstruction of my country.
I hope to see them again as soon as possible.
A big hug for everyone and ¡Fuerza Chile!
According to the latest update on a twitter that may or may not be his, he is still stuck in Lima trying to return home to Santiago.
One’s heart goes out to everyone involved, no matter how peripherally, in this awful situation. It’s true that Gonzo and Massu are talismans to their country and seeing them play a Davis Cup tie might be good for morale, if anybody’s paying attention. And the logistics of postponing a tie are intricate and burdensome. Still, it’s easier to understand that tennis must be the furthest thing from anyone’s mind and to be required to play a Davis Cup tie under these circumstances must seem at best awfully incongruous. Sad.
…. And that was a serious post on a serious subject, the last thing I feel qualified to provide. So have a photo of one of my favourite off-court moments ever from any player, a proud Gonzo carrying the Chilean flag during the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony:
We love you, Gonzo.