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Hands Up Who’s Thrilled To Be In Vienna

Posted by gauloises1 on October 26, 2009

Marin and some other people at the Vienna draw ceremony …

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… or possibly a funeral.

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Observe, Marin: he has *two* eyebrows. Count them. Two.

You’re still cuter, though.

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Why is Marin nursing a phantom pregnancy?

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Check out the grey sweatpants on Koellerer.

That’s how you know he’s a rebel.

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Linz (Not That One) Brings the LOLs

Posted by gauloises1 on October 14, 2009

Bless Austria. This is probably the best set of player party photos I’ve seen all year.

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I love her. Did she lose yet?

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How Flavia makes this get-up drip sex is a mystery.

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I think I saw this in Eurovision this year.

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Ioana and Ouanna should totally get together. Then they’d really wanna.

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Even in this innocent outfit, Bacsinszky still looks fresh from the crack den.

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I want to fix the neckline of her dress so badly it’s killing me.

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The always-adorable Sorana Cirstea.

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Probably the most normal thing Rezai has ever worn.

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Think there’s any chance Lucie knows what that brown substance is?

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Crazy Dani Koellerer with Miss Austria 2009. Of course.

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A dancing hobbit, for some reason.

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i have no idea who this is but its a brilliant face

And a good time was had by all.

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USO Day Seven: Elf Eradicates Koellerer

Posted by gauloises1 on September 7, 2009

Juan Martin del Potro beat Daniel Koellerer to advance to the fourth round in four sets, 61 36 63 63.

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I wasn’t able to watch all of this, but I thought JMDP played solidly enough, with the obvious exception of the second set where he led 3-1 before an inexcusable lapse in concentration opened the door for Koellerer, who took full advantage. Still, I wasn’t worried (not much), although obviously this level of play is not going to cut it further on. He did well to keep his concentration in the third and fourth sets, as Koellerer was giving him plenty to contend with; acting up, playing to the crowd, and being (I thought) a dick, although I’m told some found him charming.

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Your mad antics will not avail you. Go back to the shadow Challenger circuit.

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The US Open, by the way, is setting new records for brevity in some of its pressers. Here’s Elf’s:

Q. The way that guy was on the court, was that distracting at all?

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Yeah, of course. Is too difficult play against Koellerer, because you never know what he gonna do after the point.

But I was so focus with my game, I always try to do my play. Sometimes I was nervous and I feel the pression, but after I did a good job.

Q. Djokovic said a few weeks ago that with all these great players coming around maybe he came around at the wrong era. Do you feel that way?

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Yeah, my feeling is I have very good players from me to the No. 1. For sure, Roger, Rafa, Murray, they are two or three step more than me. I working hard every day hard to be like them.

But if I play for many years in this level, then they gonna retire and I gonna be much better, so…

I’d say ‘go read the whole thing’, but that is the whole thing.

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Still, he’s into the fourth round, to sex it up against a certain Boss. Go ninja Elf!

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Krazy Koellerer

Posted by gauloises1 on September 6, 2009

Ahead of Elf’s match with Daniel Koellerer later, check out this article on the volatile Austrian.

The two have played once before in a challenger in Buenos Aires, Koellerer winning in three sets. For some footage of Koellerer’s behaviour in this match and some other highlights, check this:

I seem to recall hearing that an Argentinian newspaper once ran an article on Koellerer entitled ‘We have found one who is worse than Hewitt’, or words to that effect. Hope Elf doesn’t let Koellerer get to him today.  

Thanks to Daniel for the heads up and the video.

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Tuesdays with Murray

Posted by gauloises1 on June 11, 2009

So did I mention I went to Queens on Tuesday? I did?

In my defence, this was the first live tennis I’d actually been to since Wimbledon 2007 and I was totally over-excited – so much so that I forgot to bring a camera and was reduced to using my phone camera. So I apologise for the bad quality of the photos, but they’re mainly to prove I’m not making all of this up … I was also for most of the day one or more of the following: stressed, hysterical, shy, over-stimulated, drunk, drunker and very drunk. So don’t expect any quality stalkage or match analysis either.

One of the reasons I was so stressed was that I didn’t actually know which tickets I was going to have until I got there, which made it difficult to plan ahead. As it happened, they were Centre Court tickets and not half bad:

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We sat here to watch all of Boss-Grosjean – although sadly the Big John had to retire – the second set of Roddick-Vliegen and bits of Monfils-Golubev. Tiny bits. Roddick-Vliegen was OK; A-Rod is such a fun player to watch, diving and rolling and all sorts, and Vliegen was playing to the crowd a little. Roddick does let the crowd bother him though; several times he turned and motioned the section of seats where I and Tennis Neophyte Friend were sitting to be quiet. I hope it didn’t have anything to do with me trying to explain the scoring system to TNF in a stage whisper. A drunk stage whisper (we’d had a couple of beers by this point).

The best/worst thing about these seats is that we were directly opposite the balcony outside the players’ lounge/whatever, which filled up with random as the day progressed, but during JCF-Grosjean was like a voyeur’s paradise. I saw Marat stomping past a couple of times; Grigor Dimitrov (who is striking even from that distance) with Lundgren; Gabashvili play-hugging Lopez, who was wearing an idiotic red hat and returned to watch Ferrero a little later; Paul-Henri Mathieu watching the whole thing – I thought to support Grosjean, but possibly to check out Ferrero, his next-round opponent. (Obviously he should have paid more attention). Oh, and John Lloyd and BBC sexpot Andrew Castle wandering back and forth.

We also spent quite a bit of time in the car park outside Court 1. There’s a spot where you can watch one end of the court:

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 It’s also a great place for player-spotting as they all come and go. At various stages I saw British no-hoper James Ward (he once took a set off Marat Safin, you know), Sam Querrey (who is ENORMOUS), Ivo Karlovic (who kindly took a picture with me and my friend, who asked him to stoop down: he said “I never do that”), and Gael Monfils waiting for a car at the end of the day. Robby Ginepri stood watching Fish for a good five minutes before anyone asked him for a photo (which I took for a nice Japanese girl).

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Robby no-mates.

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Gael, his friends and his enormous clown feet. Love him.

There’s also Court 9, which we never actually sat on, but did stop in to watch at various points and from various angles; on the other side of Court 10, we watched some of Koellerer-Benneteau, at least until Koellerer shouted in a frightening manner in our general direction.

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Maybe he wanted his ball back …

Speaking of balls, we also took in some Court 9 action from the other side, stepping out from the tunnel to watch a little Darcis-Capdeville (I never actually saw Capdeville, but there was some loud swearing coming from the other end which I assume was him). A ball actually came off Darcis’ frame and hit me, so I promptly hid it in my handbag and looked innocent when he came looking for it:

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I steal your ball, Steve Darcis. I STEAL IT AWAY.

Just along from this bit, there’s a tiny gap in the curtains you can use to spy on the practice courts while you’re trying to get through the crowds to the bar. I took full advantage of said gap to perv on Marat and Grigor Dimitrov, who were hitting together on the top practice court, to the best of my ability.

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Grigor’s striking, even from a distance …

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Marat. He missed one forehand and threw his racquet. I’m serious.

You see where those people are standing to watch? This was the scene of my first meeting with TW’s Rachael. I nipped down to see who was there and suddenly found an embarrassment of riches: Gael Monfils hitting on the far left …

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Unidentified ass in foreground.

Hutchins and some other people on the near left …

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Now this I know to be Hutchins ass.

On the right court nearest to us, Frederico Gil and Andreas Seppi were both hitting with, er, people we didn’t recognise (Seppi’s hitting partner, who was hot, has been tentatively identified as Colin Fleming), while on the far right court, Murray was hitting with Gilles Simon.

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Seppi, Gil, Murray.

In fact, Rachael and I were standing in the only free spot (actually IN the entrance to the court), so at various points Daniel Nestor, the Bryan brothers, Hutchins, Gil, Baghdatis and Mahut literally had to squeeze past one or both of us. I felt a little sorry for them, actually. It must suck to have to fight your way through crowds of fans ooh-ing and cooing at Murray and completely oblivious to you. (Rachael and I knew who they were, of course. But we were pretending to be cool. Actually, Rachael was just being cool.)

It had an odd sequel, actually. As Murray was leaving the court, everybody rushed up to the other end of the alley to get a picture. We decided (being, as aforesaid, cool) to stay where we were, wait for Seppi to finish and get Rachael a picture with him. However, our plans were frustrated by the fact that he blatantly saw us waiting and chose to leave a different way.

But just as we were lamenting this fact, Murray came down the path towards us with the security guards holding all the people who’d rushed up to see him. We were literally blocking the path, and the upshot was that I took a picture of him with Rachael … who hates him. She’ll tell you he was grumpy about it, I think he was quite nice. I will say that he is quite a specimen in person. Seriously, he’s hot.

After this, TNF and I got a little distracted by being given press passes and access to a free bar (NEVER give me access to a free bar), so tennis viewing from that point on was sporadic at best, I’ll be honest. However, we did race out when we got a text from Rachael, telling us that Cilic’s doubles with Ljubicic had been moved to Court 10 – which you can get right next to.

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THIS close.

He was adorably serious and grumpy about the whole thing. I fell in love. More in love. Also, he isn’t quite as skinny as he looks on teevee, and he has a nice stomach. A *really* nice stomach, even if he’s crap at doubles …

There were only about 20 people watching, it was a nice way to finish off the day. Well, finish off the tennis-watching part of it and get back to the free bar, anyway …

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Thursday Results: Dusseldorf, Kitzbuhel

Posted by gauloises1 on May 22, 2009

See previous post re: WYNTK.

Dusseldorf

Still don’t understand what the hell is going on with this tournament, but I do understand this; Querrey beat Simon. WTF. Oh, and Soderling double-bagelled Schuettler.

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Did I already say “WTF”?

And my man inexplicably felt the need to take the second to a TB, but pulled out the win nonetheless over Andreev to give Argentina the lead.

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Still makes me tingly inside.

Singles Round Robin Matches
R Soderling (SWE) d R Schuettler (GER) 60 60
S Querrey (USA) d G Simon (FRA) 75 63
J Tsonga (FRA) d R Ginepri (USA) 36 62 64
J Del Potro (ARG) d I Andreev (RUS) 63 76(3)
A Seppi (ITA) d V Troicki (SRB) 61 64

Doubles Round Robin Matches
M Fish (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 26 64 10-7

Kitzbuhel

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Love in the time of Koellerer.

Other than making that joke, I don’t care.

Singles – Quarter-finals
[7] M Youzhny (RUS) d [2] J Melzer (AUT) 64 64
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [3] V Hanescu (ROU) 62 62
O Hernandez (ESP) d [Q] J Chela (ARG) 64 64
[LL] J Benneteau (FRA) d [WC] D Koellerer (AUT) 62 67(5) 60

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 63 64

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