While we have not YET been successful in our attempt to track down Alfa, I do suspect he is merely out of earshot of the web at this time, probably on some retreat taking steps toward personal buddahood. The reason for my optimism is that I sent his email address a note & I didnt get a bounceback, whereas the 'closed' email accts I have with yahoo etc, if I email them, I immediately DO get a bounceback. So I dont think his account has been inactive for too long.
But there is a related story to share on this note. The very same day as this attempt to reach alfajeffster, I had on the male tennis side (menstennisforums) a very dramatic search brewing simultaneously. At the english-language Guillermo Coria site I run, I received an email a few weeks back... and like many things we get on the web telling a story of woe, I thought it was a prank or a virus. But as I read the letter over, and then over again, I began to believe it was entirely real. The details were too specific, and the desperation a little too palpable.
A woman was writing from Japan that her daughter had cancer, and had only 1 month to live. During her time in the hospital, the daughter had been watching tapes of Coria's inventive racquet-magic play from 2003-05, and using it as inspiration for her own battle. Knowing Coria was also out with troubles of his own over the past few years, she proceeded to sit in her bed watching, while making 1,000 paper birds, which is believed in Japan to bring good luck.
The mother wanted to grant her daughter this last dream to come true, and so since she only spoke Japanese & English, the kingcoria site was her only way of making contact. I went on a trial-laden search of non-answers until I was able to hook up with a spanish site coria had left messages through, which I did through a spanish friend on menstennisforums who I knew was connected to that site. I think the search for alfa re-ignited my desire to take 1 more stab at reaching coria for this little girl.
To get to the point, we finally REACHED Guillermo, spoke with the woman in Japan over the phone, and arranged to deliver the 1,000 birds to Coria. Meanwhile, Guille is, as I type, scanning personal pictures to send to this poor girl, who from the pictures looks to be about 10-12 years old.
I am really touched by all of this, as it was quite dramatic. After weeks of deadends, including connecting her to the Vilas Racquet Club in Buenos Aires (but they only spoke Spanish), and finally I figured out a way through!! And her 'month' is almost up!!! But a dream did come true today.