As a sort of early graduation present for myself (and because Salvatore told me Napoli is close to Pompei
) I went to Napoli for the Fed Cup, Italy vs Spain.
My report will be very long, I'll do it in parts. If you're interested in the report about other things than tennis, check my blog. I'll write chronological, so be patient. I'll also put some pictures here, I have a LOT of pictures, the rest of the (semi) decent ones will be in the player forums later.
On Friday we went to the draw ceremony. I was really looking forward to that, because I like stupid ceremonies like that (I know Im weird) and because they told me wed get the chance to talk to players
Also met the famous French girls there: Valerie, Amina and Sophie. Valerie really knows everyone! So we got introduced to all these people too, but as I dont speak Italian (or French, much), that wasnt much use to me. When the players entered just about my first thought about Flavia was: omg she really has no hair!
Seriously, dunno if she cuts it like that or not, but its really
thin! The ceremony itself was pretty boring of course, some people talking, I hardly understood a word, so just watched the players instead
They werent really paying attention either it seemed, at the start Flavia, Anabel and Lourdes were talking across the room, Anabel&Lourdes were taking some pics, the Italian players were all trying hard not to look bored, whispering with each other etc. Oh, not Sara though, she seemed to take it kind of serious. Maybe she felt like she had to. So, after the talks the teams were announced, and the draw was made. The stupid people at the drawboard made a mistake though, they had put Anabels name up for the first match (while the first match was Schiavone-Llagostera), and they couldnt get it off
So in the end, they put Nurias name over it, and the 3rd match was Pennetta vs nobody on the drawboard
Then the pictures were taken and everyone left.
That was the moment for Salvatore and me to go to Flavia. We were trying to be nice and wait till she finished conversation, but Im not sure if that worked completely
Anyway, we introduced ourselves and told her we had something for her, gave her the messages I had collected for her. She was really nice, said she liked it a lot
I also gave her something I brought for the team, typical Dutch, she liked that a lot too. Even more than the messages it seemed, she thanked me like 3 times for it (with the most brilliant smile ever
). Something funny was that we gave her the messages etc, told her what it was and she said do you want to take a picture?
Of course we werent gonna say no! So we dragged Valerie out of her conversation with Tax Garbin (impatient us! We didnt want to lose the moment
), and she took the picture (actually, so did Tax....). Also, I was talking to her in English obviously, and Salvatore in Italian, but it seems we were both telling her the same things at the same time...omg
Then we hang around a little, and I saw Flavia gave the messages to someone, who was reading them. So after gathering a bit of courage, I went to that woman and asked her if she liked them. She said she really did, it was really nice of us
And then I realised she looked very much like Flavia. We thought she must be her mother, Salvatore asked her and she was indeed. Honestly, they look SO much alike! Now I know what Flavia will look like in 20 years...We talked to her mother a bit, shes really nice. But Salvatore will have to say what he told her (I believe he said that I came from the Netherlands just to see Flavia...its not even true, dont like that
), cause, again, I dont speak Italian.
After that we just enjoyed the buffet a little, then the players went for the press conference, which we didnt realise (we wanted to go there, but missed it obviously), and after that we left.
Pics are coming