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lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 03:50 AM
Damn, why am I always so tired when I get home? Wasnt anything too too interesting going down tonight, but away we go....

I got to the tennis park at exactly 5pm. I had to pay $10 for parking now (what a complete rip-off). So I ran quickly over to court 6 where Kratochvil-Meligeni was going on. I got there towards the end of the second set and Michel had called the trainer...apparently something was wrong (cramps possibly...never found out). Poor Michel lost and was visibly disappointed. He was very gracious however and signed his autograph for everyone that wanted it. Hackie, I got a nice close-up of Michel! :D

After that match I started roaming, and found Guga! He was practicing with Schalken. I took some pictures of the two of them. Guga really makes odd sounds when hitting the ball :p I left him and went over to the other court and who do I see?? YES! Juanqui and Corretja were hitting together!! Yay! Got some more pictures of those two. Juanqui wasnt hitting as well as yesterday, but at least this is practice and not the real thing. I decided not to stay and watch the finish of their practice.

I left that court and saw Youzhny doing some stretches on the walkway nearby. I went over and started watching the Pisnik-Valero match. I was standing by the seats and I noticed this guy who looked very familiar was standing right in front of me. It was Albert Costa! He was rooting on Valero (they must be good friends or something) He was really into the match, but after it finished I made him stand and get a picture with me. Hes very nice, and not at all as fat as I thought he was.

Decided to head over to the practice courts and see who I could spot. Saw Jaime Delgado practicing with someone, didnt stay for that one. Oh yeah I wandered over to the practice courts by the grandstand and noticed that there was a semi-large crowd over there. I headed by and it turns out Schuttler and Safin had just finished their practice session. I got a picture of Safin before he left and as he exits the court hes literally swarmed by fans. He kept moving signing autographs and taking pictures. He didnt stop at all but he was very nice and wasnt mean about it, he just didnt want to spend the entire day doing it. Poor Schuttler didnt get any attention except for a few stragglers who were obviously not going to get Safin :p

So I moved to another court and caught Majoli practicing with another girl. She wasnt doing to well. She and this girl were playing a match, and her first serve was NOT going in at all, and she was getting quite angry. Her practice ended and Kucera stepped in.

I then was getting all hot and bothered since I was in my work clothes so I decided to sit down and watch the Paul Henri-Mathieu - Lee matchup. Pretty one-sided. Paul has some monstrous groundstrokes but then so does Lee. Paul was just missing a lot of shots so after he lost the first set 6-2? I decided to leave. There was no booing at his match.

It was around 6:30 so I had the option of going to the stadium for Schett-Molik or the grandstand with Fish-Voinea. I made the mistake of going to the latter one.

However on my way there at the practice courts nearest to the players lounge I saw a group of people gathered around. I was wondering who was hitting and guess who!!? It was MONICA!!! YAY! MONICA! She had just finished and was being escorted by her coach and two security officers. People were shouting We love you monica it was nice. Monica signed some autographs but did the same thing as Safin and just kept moving forward. Let me say that Monica does not look fat. She did have a towel around her but if you ever see her in person, trust me, she isnt fat. I snapped a few pictures of her before she bolted back to the players lounge. Ahhhh Monica :)

So I get my seat over at the grandstand for Fish-Voinea. I dont like Fish so I was going to be all pro-Voinea since you knew the crowd was going to be behind Fish-head. Voinea started off wonderfully and it helped that Mardy sucked big time. Fish's serve was crap and so were his groundies. Thats why he lost 6-0 in the first set. I was chuckling to myself at how angry mardy was getting. Unfortunately, he started to find his game in the second set as the two of them exchanged a handful of breaks. Adrian was unhappy and lost the second set 6-4. It was pretty downhill from there. In the third set Voinea threw his racket towards the chair and accidentally hit a ballboy...he apologised to the kid, but still received a code violation. Towards the end, this group of fucking frat boys enter the stands and start screaming their heads off for Fish. I wanted to smack their over-obnoxious selves. They also made fun of Voinea's serve shouting that he was looking stiff. Then when Mardy hit an ace they all screamed and hollarred about how Adrian couldnt handle the heat. :rolleyes: Damn frat boys. Unfortunately Fish won..yick. So after that it was getting late and as Im leaving I saw that Molik and Schett were heading towards a third set tiebreak and thought shit I should have watched that match since it looked so much more entertaining.

I had to leave though since it was getting late, I wanted to give you all an update and I need to go to work tomorrow. Not a bad days work :)

Ill have to post the pics tomorrow since Im dead tired and really cant crop them all tonight.

:wavey:

Meesh
Mar 20th, 2003, 03:52 AM
thanks, glad that someone finally has seen Monica in Miami! Great News!

Mark43
Mar 20th, 2003, 03:59 AM
Yay! You saw Monica! I am so glad she is here and looking good. I have been running all over the park looking for her.

My sentiments exactly about how she looks in person. I felt the same way last year. She looks like a strong, in shape woman. Not over weight by any means. i swwear the camera adds 20 pounds (sorry Daniela!).

Chance
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:01 AM
thanks lokon. :)

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:04 AM
Just because I know everyone is eager to see Monica :D

Only two pictures came out clear enough :sad: :sad: Hopefully I will be able to get some more

Alek
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:07 AM
lokon :worship:

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:42 AM
Ok I thought I wouldnt do it tonight but here they are. Not a lot this go around since I watched some matches

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:43 AM
2...

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:44 AM
3....

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:45 AM
4....

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:45 AM
5...

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:46 AM
6...

Jordan.
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:46 AM
Vera looks so pretty there! Thanks!

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:47 AM
Is that Vera again!? :eek: I need to start recognizing this girl :p

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 04:48 AM
Thats all of them from tonight. Enjoy folks :)

Elleke
Mar 20th, 2003, 05:09 AM
isn't that Fernandez?

Hawk
Mar 20th, 2003, 05:22 AM
isn't that Fernandez?

Yeah that's what I was just thinking..that second photo really looks like Clarisa Fernandez..but I can't be sure :confused:

Jordan.
Mar 20th, 2003, 05:33 AM
It's Vera? :confused:

rated_next
Mar 20th, 2003, 05:51 AM
i first thought it was clarisa ... could be rossana

i have never seen vera

Tratree
Mar 20th, 2003, 06:02 AM
The "Unknown" pictures are Fernandez, not Vera. Vera is shorter and stockier.

vaiva
Mar 20th, 2003, 08:32 AM
thnx lokon for report and pictures ;)

salima
Mar 20th, 2003, 08:44 AM
Now get some rest lokon, I got good feedback and comments on your pics. :wavey:

Scorch
Mar 20th, 2003, 10:12 AM
I actually thought that the unknown was Lisel Huber, I thought Fernandez has dark hair??

Thanks for the pictures they are great :D

I soooo wish I could be their, these pictures go some way to making up for it!

Doris Loeffel
Mar 20th, 2003, 10:20 AM
Thanks especially for the Michel pics

Mateo Mathieu
Mar 20th, 2003, 10:27 AM
It's definitely Clarissa Fernandez!

ktwtennis
Mar 20th, 2003, 11:29 AM
Great to hear about Monica!!

Thank you! :bounce: :wavey:

Nina_rus
Mar 20th, 2003, 11:37 AM
thank you very much :)

Ryan
Mar 20th, 2003, 11:40 AM
Lol, thats Clarisa. Jordan for a fan you seem not to notice that the player in the picture was LEFT-handed, while Vera is a rightie.:p

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 11:48 AM
Are you all sure? :confused: I recognized clarisa a few days ago and I just went back to that picture and this girl doesnt have the same face as clarisa. Maybe my picture of "clarisa fernandez" isnt actually her :p The reason I say it is because when clarissa hits the ball she has a huge smile, this girl didnt. But maybe Im just off my rocker :D

Beat
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:07 PM
thanks so much for the great report and the nice pictures! :D

i don't know if it's clarisa, but it's definitely not vera.

Mateo Mathieu
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:26 PM
Are you all sure? :confused: I recognized clarisa a few days ago and I just went back to that picture and this girl doesnt have the same face as clarisa. Maybe my picture of "clarisa fernandez" isnt actually her :p The reason I say it is because when clarissa hits the ball she has a huge smile, this girl didnt. But maybe Im just off my rocker :D
It's practice, that's all! :) If she play her match and she would huge smile when she hit a ball ;) Hehe

Mateo Mathieu
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:27 PM
Lol, thats Clarisa. Jordan for a fan you seem not to notice that the player in the picture was LEFT-handed, while Vera is a rightie.:p
LOL I was also to say same thing! :o I'm so suprised that Jordan thought it's Vera!

Tennisfan-Mtl
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:31 PM
Thanks once again :)

croat123
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:31 PM
that girl is fernandez

iva :mad: get your serve together before i come see your match tomorrow!

Experimentee
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:43 PM
I also thought it was Fernandez when i saw it, but i could be wrong.

lokon
Mar 20th, 2003, 12:55 PM
Ok, the majority rules, its Fernandez :p:D

King Aaron
Mar 20th, 2003, 01:48 PM
Thanks lokon. :)

R&J
Mar 20th, 2003, 02:25 PM
wow, great pics! Thanks for posting those!!!!!!!:wavey:

Mark43
Mar 20th, 2003, 03:02 PM
lokon, thanks for the Monica and Corretja pics! You get great closeups! thanks!!! :wavey:

TennisHack
Mar 20th, 2003, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the report and pictures, lokon! :) Especially that lovely closeup of Michel. He has a big nose, LOL :o

Its good to hear that Juan Carlos is hitting well, even if in practice. :rolleyes: at the Fish fans. Funny how players' personalities attract similiar fans :rolleyes::rolleyes:

GermanBoy
Mar 20th, 2003, 08:47 PM
Thanks for the report and pictures, lokon! :)


Yes, thank you, lokon! :wavey: But where are "my ordered pics" :sad: :confused: ;) :angel:

*Lee*
Mar 20th, 2003, 11:17 PM
lokon :kiss: :kiss: :kiss: Thanks for the Guga pix. Will you please e-mail me the originals, all of them?

I've not yet finished reading your report cos once I saw there's Guga's pix, I scroll down :D :D :D

tumbleweed
Mar 21st, 2003, 02:41 PM
Great job! :hearts: Love Monica's close up...having done that, thought i'd post part of an article here:
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Ten years after being stabbed by a deranged Steffi Graf fan in Hamburg, Monica Seles says she still feels not enough is being done to protect women players at tournaments.

"You're totally accessible. There's no other sport in which you're accessible as in tennis," the Yugoslav-born American said at the Nasdaq-100 Open on Thursday.

Playing against Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva in the quarterfinals in Hamburg in 1993, Seles was stabbed in the back during a changeover by Guenter Parche, who wanted to see Graf reclaim the top spot in the rankings.

Asked if she was satisfied with the security on and off the court since the incident, she said: "It's insufficient in a lot of ways, our accessibility to people to get us on site, in matches, after matches. It's not just me, it's any of the high-profile players."

Seles, who spent almost two years away from tennis to recover from the attack, also dropped further hints that she is beginning to think about retirement.

She will turn 30 in December and, despite being one of the world's leading players, she reached at least the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slams last year -- she admits that her fitness is not at its peak.
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