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The Austro-Hungarian Empire. Famous for Fuck All.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 22, 2010

All they did was slowly collapse like a flan in a cupboard, as many important historians have said. Although they did indirectly lead to two of my favourite things: Embers by Sandor Marai, and now the best set of player party photos since Linz (not that one).

I mean, it’s pretty hard for tournaments these days to really stand out, especially if they aren’t a big name like Indian Wells, or don’t have any striking local indigenous fauna. So frankly, all credit to the people at Bad Gastein for taking the little-used approach of hearkening back to their history as a fashionable spa resort in the nineteenth century. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

Alize. Sweet as a little pie.

Probably should have taken off the wristbands though.

For a good few minutes, I was trying to understand why I didn’t remember Sorana playing this tournament. Sorry, Julia Goerges.

There are a few unfortunate tan lines going on here.

Petkorazzi practices her royal wave.

Not another evening among the ton listening to the latest on-dits, Patricia Mayr seems to say.

It’s not that I don’t like Timea Bacsinszky. It’s just that whatever you dress her in, she always looks like she’s just been dragged out of a crack den. By her hair. Through a hedge.

I’m not going to lie, I don’t know if this is a player or a random bit of muslin, but I really want that dress.

And saving the best until last …

Khader Nouni. Officer. Gentleman. Possible doorman. 

God among men. 

5 Responses to “The Austro-Hungarian Empire. Famous for Fuck All.”

  1. kefuoe said

    I’d like to comment. I really would. But the words just won’t come. Let me just say that I had no idea that chair umpires also had to engage in these shenanigans. Also, don’t worry Mr Nouni, I’m willing to erase it from my memory.

    • gauloises1 said

      Bet you ten million shekels* he didn’t actually have to wear that.

      *I can’t remember the currency of Austria. Oh – is it Euros?

      • kefuoe said

        You think he had it in his closet already, just waiting for a chance to wear it? I guess we all have “that” outfit, so khudos to Khader for constructing a lifestyle that gave him the opportunity to bust it out.

        • gauloises1 said

          I was more thinking along the lines of Khader being all “can I dress up? Can I dress up? CanIcanIcanI?!” and the tournament responding with “sure, if you really must.”

          But yeah, you can make Khader a closet Austro-Hungarian Empire cosplayer if you like.

          • tali said

            Let me just say that I met him in a bar in Wimbles during tourney and he is so funny he looks like for all sorts of fun

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