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Shtoo-rill II: The Verdasconing

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2011

Hey, so. I wrote a thing about Heather Watson for and another thing about Alisa Kleybanova which should be up soon. But because I love you, here’s some more pictures courtesy (and copyright) of the fantastic Pedro Mendes of the goings-on in Estoril.

Jarmila Gajdosova sexing it up.

Pablo Cuevas. Likewise.

The very cute Tiago Fernandes, who will one day be a thing, mark my words.

Heather Watson, a.k.a. Our Hev, who had a really tough match today against Tamira Paszek and missed qualifying into the main draw. She was understandably gutted, but we won’t forget her.

Adrian Mannarino and Gaston Elias respectively, both of whom lost today.

Antonio Van Grichen, coach of Vika, Vera and Ivanovic, checking out the craic.

Jo and Marc Gicquel checking out the Chardy-Mannarino match.

Bendy Robin, who has been just a beast on the practice courts.

Dimple close-up during the practice match with Verdasco. Believe me, it wasn’t Verdasco’s tennis that was worrying him.

Verdasco wringing out his shirt. Love the expression on Robin’s face in the second photo.

Verdasco using the world as his washing line. He was not looking good in practice today, I’m told. Tennistically, that is.

Gilles and Yves Allergo playing doubles on Centralito. They lost to Pablo Andujar and Daniel Gimeno-Traver, but the most entertaining part of the match was waiting for Gilles to explode in frustration. Which he duly did, yelling “Ah, this fucking bitch of a line!” during the second set. Comedy gold.

14 Responses to “Shtoo-rill II: The Verdasconing”

  1. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    Mr. Van G also had a stint with Cirstea….. he has had all the crazies.

  2. naughty T....urbane gentleman said

    That dubs match was so much hilarity … what a shame Team Cheese Fondue are gone.

  3. irefusetotellyou said

    AWESOME pictures, once again, Pedro!

    I particularly like the one of Robin stretching. What is he even doing!? That looks ultra awkward.

    Oh, and is Delpo playing doubles at all?

  4. Randy Burgess said

    Nice pics. And great column on today on Bigfoot & Terminator. It took me a while to remember the alias & connect it with previous columns – the tip-off was the writing. So I came here.

    I have a really stupid Terminator-related question: How big vs. skinny does Delpo look in person? Another blogger whose site I frequent (Craig Hickman) has seen Delpo in the flesh & says the impression is of a “slender” fellow. Whereas watching on TV, I can’t believe Delpo is still anywhere near his ATP listed weight of 182 pounds (I weighed that in college as a very skinny freshman, six inches shorter). I think he’s getting up to NBA small forward weight, which would put him anywhere from 190 to 200 1bs – as a comparison Reggie Miller was 6’7″ and 195 pounds. Plus, compared to CIlic, who is supposedly about the same height, Delpo looks like a beast. Just curious as to what you think …

    • gauloises1 said


      I’m terrible at estimating weight, but I can tell you having seen him a lot up close the last few days, JMDP is not what I would call slender. He is, no sexual connotations intended, simply big all over. Compared to Cilic, say, or Milos Raonic, he is simply built on bigger lines – a big hulk of a man (with skinny legs). However, I don’t know the NFL but he’s nowhere near the kind of build that would get him on the rugby field.

      So … I’m really not answering your question. Let’s say he’s not at all gangly but solidly-built without being stocky … this isn’t helping, is it?

      • Randy Burgess said

        No, thanks, it’s very helpful. It’s very close to what I imagined of Delpo – you can see even on a teeny tiny TV that he’s got big shoulders & big hips. As for the skinny legs, this seems fairly common for big guys – i.e. Tsonga has that heavy-built torso but then he skinnies down below the waist.

        Also by NBA I mean basketball fellers, not football fellers. In basketball you can be quite skinny but you still must be strong because of the level of pushing, shoving, arm-hacking, etc. Reggie Miller was the prototype skinny-yet-strong small forward.

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