So, as promised to Iva, here a detailed report. SORRY for the long post
After an endless RER/metro ride, which I used to studey so it wasnp´t that bad, and after getting a little lost, I managed to get to RG at about 11:15 am, I kinda freaked out and ran because I thought the stadium was going to be full
. I got there and the first match had already begun, and saw it was far from full, I got there and sat, but I had the fucking sun right directly all over me and I wanted to get to a place where I could be under a shadow, so I got out the stadium and turned all over it, then I hear some action going on, I go see, and TADAAAAM! I saw Martina Navratilova and I started peeing my pants because I knew if she was there Elena had to be with her. I got closer and *celestial music* saw Lena.
My heart started racing, I´m no longer that 12 year old that didn´t even care who Elena was back then. This time it was different, yesterday I was a 19 yrs old (
) woman, excited as a little girl to see one of her idols. This is the woman that was a part of my life for so long, a woman who I followed with great passion, loyalty and admiration for so long, a woman who was capable of moving so many emotions in me, from tears of happiness, tears of dissapointment, and some angriness too (cellphone breaking included), and there she was, right in front of my eyes.
Couldn´t keep my eyes of off her, Martina Navratilova was right there too, but no, I was just looking at Elena. There was me and this girl holding a huge RG ball watching them hitting some balls, I heard some laughter and turned around and I saw Martina Hingis, but I was busy taking pictures of Lena
, I put my camera back in my bag and got my printed ticket out I turn around but Hingis was gone already. now I REALLY regret that I didn´t ran to her to ask her for a pic/autograph as soon as I saw her.
the training session was fun, they seem to enjoy playing with each other, Martina would compliment some of Lena´s strokes, saying niiiiice, niiiice, and Lena would do that clap with the racket thing. Its seems like a little partnership with great respect for each other. Then they did a little break, they were drinking water and I heard someone saying Lena, Lena! I turned around and saw it was Mommy Vera, Lena saw her and ran to open the door so she could enter, she was there piciking and throwing them the balls. Minutes later Lena said "one more and that´s it".
I knew they were about to leave so I started to look for my pen and my e-ticket, to ask her for autograph, there were only me, the girl with the RG ball and a guy (a guy we can actually see in one of Lena´s pic above, the one with the American flag tied around his neck, he was there). I saw Elena right in front of me and asked her to sign my ticket, then a family came by and asked her and Martina to take a pic with them, which gave me time to put my now autographed ticket back in the book I had (so it won´t be all messed up afterwards) Lena was cute, one of the boys of that family was hesitating about going to the pic, the dad would say "come here!" and Lena also said "come on, come on" with a smile.
I was alone so I had to be juggling my camera, the pen, the ticket, and the gift I had for Elena, as I was folding and putting the letters inside of the mexican craftery (its kinda of a napking called "tenango") I got for her, the guy with the american flag asked her for a photo but there was other people also asking her for one and autographs, she said "I have to go" and then the guy said "please" she stayed a little bit, the guy was also alone and had no one to take the picture for him (now that I think about it I should have offered myself to do it so then he could have taken me and Lena a photo) but it was all so fast.
I had no one to take me a pic with her either, I tried to ask 2 ladies that were near but they ignored me (them bitches
) then Elena was leaving and I said "hey Elena I have a gift for you, its a cadeau from Mexique" (yes I was mixing english and french
) she took it smiling and said thank you, then I said inside of it there are letters from the fans of the tennis forum (Max´s and mine), she said thank you, then I asked her to take a pic with me, and she nodded. I was soo nervious, I had to take the pic myself and my hand was shaking, I´m pretty sure she noticed it
, so I held the camera with both hands so I could get a decent pic, and I did.
. Took the pic, I said "gracias"
and she said thank youu looking at me with those pearly heavenly blue eyes, winked at me and left
it was all so unreal, I wanted to tell her that we miss her, that we hold her near our hearts and will always do and an I hope you win but I couldn´t say anything else, soo many emotions in me. I was about to cry
. Then I look at the picture and I noticed I hand´t taken my sunglasses ofF
, seriously I was all stupid, didn´t noticed anything. Hours later I found out the little letter I had written to her was still on my bag and not inside the Tenango thing as I thought it was
. So it seems to me Lena got Max´s note and one of my subjunctive mood conjugation in French notes
I went back to the stadium, sat and inmediately had this killer stomachache, one of those you get from the storm of emotions in you, the McEnroe match was kinda boring (well I didn´t care about it) so I used that time to sit under the shadow and chill. It was over quickly and Lena match was about to start, I looked for another place tp sit, its Lena so I don´t care to be under the sun.
Found a nice place with no one sitting next to me, the match started, I was very entertained, I´m not from Navratilova´s era so I know nothing about her game, I noticed she´s left handed
, Hingis is really a master, Davenport pulls those lovely deep strokes and Lena is just the best of them all just because she´s Lena. There were some interesting rallies between her and Hingis and also between her and Davenport, as if they were playing a singles match.
Lena was having fun, some smiles, some screams after loosing a long point, some Russian speaking and yes like Iva said some things never change, she turns to look at Mommy Vera and says things to her, on the crowd someone yelled Allez Elena and it put a smile on her face, it was was a girl and a boy, allez Elena! and then at some point they started "elena, elena" while clapping, to wich I joined happily
. Minutes later I yelled "vamos Elena" and a lady started to talk to me in spanish. sorry ma´am God´s on the court, catch ya later
its a pity she lost but she looked happy to be there and its also a pity she won´t be playing this kinda tournaments often, would be very nice if she did.