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lokon
Mar 16th, 2003, 09:44 PM
Hah, looks like I beat Daniel to the punch.

Let me first start off by saying I made a huge mistake of going without any sunscreen. My arms are burnt to a crisp and hurt like a bitch. Learned my lesson though. Onto the action....

When I first got there I ran around all the practice courts to get my bearings and to figure out exactly where everything was. The first person I saw was Emilie Loit. She was warming up by bouncing a ball to another french player whom I dont know. I actually realized I dont know a lot of women players :o So, decided to let her be and move on.

On the opposite court I caught Max Mirnyi practicing with another guy (who I didnt recognize). Max was hitting his serve and its about as big as he is. He looked really good and was getting some nice kick off of them.

Walked around the grounds some more and took pictures of some of the women playing...I dont know who half of them were. Then I came across Dokic hitting with another girl. Took some shots of her. She was striking the ball fairly well, but it just seemed like she was just practicing on how to hit hard.

Then I stumbled across Gimelstob practicing. He is another giant. He was upset with how he was hitting but I didnt really stay too long to see what he was speaking about. Then saw Escude....wow, that man can really wail on the ball. Looked like his groundies were pretty good, so we will see how he does in the tourney. Next saw Hrbaty...I was gonna get a picture with him but he was in the middle of some stretching routine and didnt want to bother him.

Left his court and ran across Younes and his coach standing in the middle of the grounds. I got a picture with him. Hes a funny funny guy. :) Walked some more, saw Stephanie Foretz and another french girl. Then I ended up walking behind Denisa Chaldkova. She has this awful haircut where its a buzzcut (pretty girl though). I also saw Taylor Dent who is extremely nice. I got a picture with him and congratulated him on his win at Memphis....very cordial.

Lets see, trying to remember who I actually stayed and watch. Oh yeah Gambill was practicing with Paradorn and had drawn a slight crowd. Jonas was also on the same court. Gambill was hitting ok, but it looked like Paradorn was still struggling a little. Im hoping he can find some form here.

Saw Goran, Enquist, and Krajicek on the same court. They were hitting around. Youzhny was out practicing as well. I stayed and watch Myskina hit with her coach. It didnt look like she was hitting it as hard as the other girls, but maybe her coach was instructing her not to. She looked very good though.

Hantuchova and I think Dementieva were practicing on the grandstand. Hantuchova wasnt really hitting all that well. Missing some easy shots and was getting mad at herself. The girl is skinny....and tall. This couple by me kept asking me who she was and where she was from and if she could beat the Williams sisters. I was like, fools stop pestering me with these lame questions and go buy yourself a fact book.

After they finished waked outside and saw Dokic practicing again with some guy. Her groundstrokes were definitely good, but every time the guy would drop shot I would just cringe because Jelena's forward movement looked pretty bad. They worked some volleys which she appeared to be ok on. Oh she looked to be practicing approach shots, which were awful. None would go in and when they did she shouldnt be trying to come in on them. The guy would just end up passing her. I waited for her to finish practicing and got a picture with her. She seems like a spoiled brat, but perhaps it was just a bad practice.

Ran around some more, and my batter died in my camera after I got a picture of Chanda, so I decided to leave. I made one last go around and saw Schalken hitting with his coach, and Myskina doing some more trainging.

That was all I did for today. Ill get some pictures up when I get out of the shower. I think I have one of Shenay Perry since a lot of peopel here like her. :)

lokon
Mar 16th, 2003, 10:34 PM
Test pic: Emilie Loit (overhead)

Meesh
Mar 16th, 2003, 10:40 PM
Thanks for the report and picture.

Jess3781
Mar 16th, 2003, 10:53 PM
I was there too! and it was a very nice day!
I saw almost the same players and I have a few pictures too but I will post them tomorrow!
See ya and great report!
Jesi :wavey:

aceman
Mar 16th, 2003, 10:57 PM
I was there too! and it was a very nice day!
I saw almost the same players and I have a few pictures too but I will post them tomorrow!
See ya and great report!
Jesi :wavey:

Jess, if you see Marie-Eve before her match,say her good luck for me. I will keep fingers crossed for her.

WhatTheDeuce
Mar 16th, 2003, 10:58 PM
any sign of seles or kournikova?

lokon
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:02 PM
More pictures

lokon
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:02 PM
No I was on the hunt for seles, but didnt see her :(

WhatTheDeuce
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:04 PM
unknown1 = vera zvonareva
unknown2 = ????
unknown3 = Els callens

LeonHart
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:06 PM
Unknown1 is Vera :D

lokon
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:16 PM
LoL, sorry Im really bad with the women players :)

Alek
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:18 PM
Thanks for the report :D

kournikovafan13
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:36 PM
"Unknown2" is Shinobu Asagoe

lokon
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:37 PM
Even more pics :)

lokon
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:39 PM
Thats right...theres more :)

Mattographer
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:44 PM
Lleyton Hewitt v Magnus Norman on the scoreboard at one of Clarissa Fernandez pictures! :confused:

I hope they don't play each other! :o LOL! But I believe the draw didn't release so, I don't need to worries ;)

ktwtennis
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:46 PM
WOW!! Lots of good pics and nice report!

lokon
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:55 PM
Lleyton Hewitt v Magnus Norman on the scoreboard at one of Clarissa Fernandez pictures! :confused:

I hope they don't play each other! :o LOL! But I believe the draw didn't release so, I don't need to worries ;)

Yeah they were just testing the boards to make sure they were operational

Lee-Waters' Boy
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:57 PM
YAY a pic of Vera...lol

Mattographer
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:57 PM
1: Barbara Rittner
2.
3. Myriam Casanova
4. Asa Svensson
5. Maja M

Mattographer
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:58 PM
A good sign that Myriam Casanova still playing :D

Lee-Waters' Boy
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:58 PM
4 is svensson?!?

Mattographer
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:58 PM
4 is svensson?!?
Yeah, I'm 100% positive :)

Linnie
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:59 PM
#8 is Maja Matevzic

Thanks for the report and photos!!

Alek
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:59 PM
#6 is Safina.

#7 is Svensson :bounce:

lokon do you give me permission to use the Asa pic in my web?

jirobkk
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:00 AM
Lets see, trying to remember who I actually stayed and watch. Oh yeah Gambill was practicing with Paradorn and had drawn a slight crowd. Jonas was also on the same court. Gambill was hitting ok, but it looked like Paradorn was still struggling a little. Im hoping he can find some form here.

Thank you for a lovely report, lokon. :hearts:

Paradorn and JMG are good friend. Glad to know they are practicing together.

Any pics of Paradorn and Tamarine Tanasugarn if any please.

:worship: :worship: :worship:

Lee-Waters' Boy
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:01 AM
great pics!

auntie janie
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:02 AM
Great report, great pics! I look forward to more! Thanks, lokon. :hearts:

Yak
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:04 AM
Unknown 4 is Koulikouvskaya
Unknown 5 is ???
Unknown 6 is Safina
Unknown 7 is Svensson

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:08 AM
#6 is Safina.

#7 is Svensson :bounce:

lokon do you give me permission to use the Asa pic in my web?

Be my guest :)

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:23 AM
Lord how many pictures did I take :p

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:24 AM
MOre...

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:26 AM
....

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:28 AM
Final Group

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 01:38 AM
Oh forgot to add that there were relatively two disgusting moments during today.

1) Magnus Norman was hitting and decided that there was something up his nose. He decides to blow it right there...no tissue, handkerchief, nothing. So out comes this line of snot thats just dripping from his face and he just wipes it on his wrist band. BLECH!

2) I believe it was Alberto Martin, who was hitting and then stepped over to the other side of the court away from where I was standing sort of behind some posts. I thought he was changing his shorts for some reason, but it turns out he was taking a piss into an empty water bottle. How do I know? Because he comes back with a bottle of yellow liquid and throws it into the trash. Classy!

BK4ever
Mar 17th, 2003, 01:38 AM
thats not shenay perry, its Mashona Washington!

Great pics and report!

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 01:40 AM
Oops, my bad, sorry I thought I had heard the other girl say shenay which is why I took the picture :p

Jordan.
Mar 17th, 2003, 02:11 AM
Ewwwww

TennisHack
Mar 17th, 2003, 02:39 AM
This couple by me kept asking me who she was and where she was from and if she could beat the Williams sisters. I was like, fools stop pestering me with these lame questions and go buy yourself a fact book.

LMAO!!

Thanks for the report and the pictures!! How do you want to be credited for the pictures? You can PM me if you don't want to put it in this thread ;)

mboyle
Mar 17th, 2003, 02:49 AM
How do those guys stand wearing such heavy shirts?:eek: I wouldn't want to practice like that, but whatever. THe girls were very sensible- ALCAP (as little clothing as possible) :lick: :drool: Dani is even hotter than I thought:o . I can't wait to see her:lick: !

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 17th, 2003, 02:51 AM
thanx lokon for the pics and report :)

Jordan.
Mar 17th, 2003, 02:52 AM
thanks :)

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 02:58 AM
My pleasure guys. Ill have more photos tomorrow :)

Jordan.
Mar 17th, 2003, 03:08 AM
of Vera? :o :p ;)

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 03:10 AM
Now that I know what she looks like Ill be on the prowl :p :)

Jordan.
Mar 17th, 2003, 03:13 AM
Thanks! :)

caramel
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:19 AM
Nice pic of Chanda ;) and great report!!!! Thanks a bunch!

caramel
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:28 AM
:D @ Dokic´s "six-pack" ... now I know what my 250 sit-ups a day are good for. I hope mine will look like hers anytime soon,too!!! ;) :o

vaiva
Mar 17th, 2003, 06:33 AM
Thanks lokon for the report

Lovely pictures and LMAO @ your 2 disgusting moments ;)

Harju.
Mar 17th, 2003, 07:28 AM
Thanks :worship:

VERA :D and Dani :D

can u please take pics of angie...

Fieke
Mar 17th, 2003, 08:08 AM
Thanks a lot for the report and the nice pictures :kiss: . Els is looking really good!

Beat
Mar 17th, 2003, 10:01 AM
thanks for both pictures and report! :D
alex, there's no picture of myriam, unknown 6 is safina.

Mattographer
Mar 17th, 2003, 10:17 AM
thanks for both pictures and report! :D
alex, there's no picture of myriam, unknown 6 is safina.
OMG! :o

Iconoclast
Mar 17th, 2003, 10:20 AM
Despite having to endure a snotty Norman, you managed to write a great report.

And thanks a lot for the pics.

Dang, they are not wearing much clothes! I like that. ;)

Crazy Canuck
Mar 17th, 2003, 11:04 AM
Psssssttt, lokon: find David and Ferrero when they get there ;)

Crazy Canuck
Mar 17th, 2003, 11:04 AM
Oh yeah, and while you are at it, hunt down Mikhail again :lick:

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 11:28 AM
Trust me rebecca, if I spot them you can be sure I will stalk them for the rest of the day :D

AaronJoyB
Mar 17th, 2003, 11:41 AM
Final Group
he is not VOINEA but ANDREI PAVEL of ROMANIA

lokon
Mar 17th, 2003, 11:45 AM
:eek: Sorry, I seem to be misplacing a lot of these pple :p

Kimumwe
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:23 PM
What about the William sisters? Are they practising?

bis2806
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:24 PM
i want angie pics!!!!!!!!!!!!

King Aaron
Mar 17th, 2003, 01:49 PM
Thanks a lot lokon :D

Cariaoke
Mar 17th, 2003, 02:04 PM
thank you for the great report and pictures. wow. :wavey:

Wimanna
Mar 17th, 2003, 02:20 PM
Tnx!!! :) Nice pic of Els :)

spartanfan
Mar 17th, 2003, 02:45 PM
MOre...



Isn't unknown guy in pic. 1 Melegini of Brazil?

And unknown guy in pic. 2 Alberto Martin of Spain?


Great pixs by the way. Wish I were in Miami.

RogiFan
Mar 17th, 2003, 08:32 PM
:eek: Sorry, I seem to be misplacing a lot of these pple :p


Thanks lokon! Fab time you're having there! It's great to share tournament experiences! Will you be there the whole week? Take som epix of Rogi and Alex if you can! :cool: And wear your sunscreen! :)

Bella
Mar 17th, 2003, 10:34 PM
Thanks, Lokon, for the report, for sharing the photos, for all the work you did to post them…for everything but the snot story.

E. Blackadder
Mar 18th, 2003, 06:55 PM
OMG thanks so much for the Callens pic :bounce:

Nina_rus
Mar 19th, 2003, 06:22 PM
thanks a lot lokon :D, both the photos and the report are great

yes
Gunknown1 is Meligeni
Gunknown2 is Martin (Alberto)

Calliope.
Mar 19th, 2003, 08:22 PM
Thanks! :D Great pics and great report!

Maybe unknown5 is Rita Grande.... :confused: