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esquímaux
Oct 2nd, 2006, 11:21 PM
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I got a late start at going to the tourney yesterday (Psychology class :tape: ) I finally got there at 1:30 and went to the practice courts. Stefan Koubek was practising with Jarkko Nieminen and some other dude. On the next court Murray was drillin' Vincent Spadea and on the far court Jamea Jackson was lookin' like a beast on her backhand DTL. I got some pretty good shots of Jarkko and shot to vids of him serving and playing. There were a lot of people watching the practising yesterday. I tried to get and auto from Jarkko, but he must've seen me and went the opposite way :devil: I'LL GET YOU JARKKY!!! :hehehe: Anyway, when Murray got done, he signed autographs for us and got TOTALLY SWARMED. The Japanese kids were all over him like white on rice :tape: He was like, "Look, I'll sign them all just calm down :o" They were ALL OVER HIM. I got a pic of the m3$$. After a few of them scattered, I ran up and he signed my shirt. Andy is so nice. He stayed and signed all the autos while his coack (Brad Gilbert) just ran off :tape:

I saw Spadea trying to go around the back so I headed him off and he gave me an auto. I told him that I liked his "rhymes" :lol: His coach had a real laugh at that. I must say, Spadea should really reconsider the long hair and choice of clothing from Wal-mart's fall collection :tape: Oh another note, Andy's serve and groundstrokes are very powerful to come from such a small racquet. He was really pushing Vincent when they were practising.

I kept going and waited for Jackson to finish practising. She was working the backhand like a beast and also tuning up the serve. She jumps really high on the serve and doesn't seem to get much zip on it . I'd really like to see her whack a few. I waited for her for a grip and when she finally came, I said, "Jamea, girl that FedCup win was off the chain!" And she had a good laugh. Such a nice girl and she has a darling of a voice. I took a pic with her (it was kinda dark so I turned on the flash to catch both of us :lol::tape: ) and she jogged off drenched in sweat.

On a tucked away court, Schruff was practising her serve and Sugiyama had a crowd of Japanese people watching her serve too. Julia's serve doesn't have much juice on it, but I think her technique is...well....CUTE!!! :kiss: I got a pic of her jumping up to hit a serve and she looks absolutely cute. Also Craybas was practising her groundstrokes and getting down and dirty with it :p For real, it looks like she gets down real low for her shots. Apparently they then moved Sugiyama to a more obvious practice court and she worked on her serve more there. Her coach/(mom?) was trying to show her something about her hip motion and I snapped a pic that looks like Ai's doing the hokey-pokey. Ai is another complete cutie. Very photogenic.

Next I made my way to the practice courts in the very back and saw Jidkova practising with the girl who Pin took out in qualies day 2. Nothing spectacular there. Ginepri was nearby practising with some other dude and was looking really good on the serve...groundstrokes though were....:tape:;) Robbie kept looking at me like, "What is a black guy doing here???" Afterwards he and his entourage were leaving and it looked like they were trying to avoid me :crying2: I asked for an autograph and I could've sworn I heard his whole entourage say, "NO!" :bigcry: Robbie stopped while they kept walking and signed me and some Japanese guy :bounce: I wish him luck and he left :)

On to another practice court, Molik was steadily drillin' her coach. Seriously, she was mixing up the serve, coming in, and routinely acing the guy. At one point the coach stopped and said, "Bitch! :fiery:" I damned near fell out my seat :haha: Molik has a rather stalky gait to her walk and has a very sexy grunt to her shots. The forehand was looking so good and she was driving through the backhand as well as coming over the top :drool: Lots of variety on the backhand. A couple of the volleys were lackluster, but she kept coming in and hit a very deep, penetrating ones. They were having a really good time until Alicia came in for a short ball and twisted her foot and fell to the court :crying2: My heart literally stopped as she rolled around in pain :sad: She got back up though and walked it off for a few seconds and got right back into practice. She said she was okay; I really hope so. After the practice, I took and pic with Alicia and she signed my shirt. I really like her voice and her legs are so fit and predliciously gorgeous.

What next...oh, I ate for a bit and finally realized that I hadn't even gone into the stadium. So I went over and caught the last of the Kirilenko/Morigami match from the nosebleed seats :tape: I must say, it was sad to see Maria let this one get away, but awesome to see Akiko play her heart out in front of her home crowd. Maria was up 5-4 and I yelled, "Come on Maria at 30-30," but she couldn't get it together. Akiko worked her way up to 6-5 and hit some amazing shots to get there. Nothing to great, but a lot of heart was put into every shot. Actually, the point to get to 6-5 was a really long rally. Akiko scrambled for a forehand cross-court and yelled so loud and you could hear the desperation in her voice. The shot ended up being piercing as it crossed the net, and Maria couldn't do much with it when she got to it (dumped a forehand into the bottom of the net). The crowd was ecstatic from there. . As the 6-5 game progressed, it was apparent that Akiko didn't want to play a tiebreak and hoped to close it out at 7-5, but Marie hit an inside-out forehand that caught the outside of the line to get to 30-30 and Akiko stopped and was jumping up and down, "OUT!!! NO, NO, NO!!!! OUT" It was a cute sight, but she was all too serious. In the tiebreak, Maria really fell apart and Akiko easily closed it out. Great job Morigami.

esquímaux
Oct 2nd, 2006, 11:23 PM
For the posters asking to use my pictures, go right ahead :wavey: It'd be great if you gave me a mention, but the pics are free for all :bigwave: Also, where's a good site for me to upload my vids??? :help:

tucker1989
Oct 2nd, 2006, 11:29 PM
Jamea :hearts: She has been such a sweetie to me the times that I have met her, glad you had a nice experience with her too :D

esquímaux
Oct 2nd, 2006, 11:33 PM
Yup, she was a complete darling :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

CooCooCachoo
Oct 2nd, 2006, 11:40 PM
Thanks :D Cute pics.

rrfnpump
Oct 3rd, 2006, 09:17 AM
thanks :D ;)

Jarkko looks good :)
hope you get him :p

Julia Schruff's mother looks bored :o

thiaela
Oct 3rd, 2006, 05:25 PM
Good one

-sugi-
Oct 3rd, 2006, 05:56 PM
Thank you :worship:

Especially for the Sugi pictures :D

Darop.
Oct 3rd, 2006, 08:02 PM
For the posters asking to use my pictures, go right ahead :wavey: It'd be great if you gave me a mention, but the pics are free for all :bigwave: Also, where's a good site for me to upload my vids??? :help:

Thanks for all the pics Esqui :D

Anyways... ww.filecabi.net or http://video.google.com both have good quality and can be viewed online

Greenout
Oct 4th, 2006, 12:34 AM
The match reports are great. :)





*So, you moved to Japan. Cool place, but I always get a headache when I go over there. :tape: Sure, it's easier where I am at Singapore, but I still get headaches over here too. :tape: Aaah.. the life of American expats. ;)

tobi
Oct 4th, 2006, 11:53 AM
Thanx :D

esquímaux
Oct 4th, 2006, 03:04 PM
The match reports are great. :)





*So, you moved to Japan. Cool place, but I always get a headache when I go over there. :tape: Sure, it's easier where I am at Singapore, but I still get headaches over here too. :tape: Aaah.. the life of American expats. ;):lol: The yeah, the Japanese are great :yeah: They are very nice and I like them a lot for these reasons:

1 - I love people who get up and move away from me when I sit down on the train

2 - I love people who put on there headlights and follow me around in a van at the AIG open because it's night time.

3 - I love people who stare at me everywhere I go

4 - I love people who say, "KUN DA YO!" when I walk past them (God knows what that means???)

4 - I love people who won't dance with me a clubs and I look up five minutes later and they are doing the Beyonce with some white guy.

Oh and 5 - I love being followed around in stores

Couple all that in with knowing Kata/hiragana and scant kanji and I'm having a GRRRREAT time over here :lol: :wavey:

P.S. I absolutely LOVED Singapore. The train system is easy to use and there's a lot to see and do :D I'm really considering vacationing there sometime next year :bounce:

Milito22
Oct 4th, 2006, 07:28 PM
Alicia :drool: