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ceiling_fan
Jan 9th, 2006, 07:01 AM
OK. so firstly, my pics aren't that great cause my camera didn't zoom that much :tape: but anyway, I'd like to share my story. I would talk about the matches, and who played like what and so forth, but anyone can get that sort of information anywhere else.

Firstly, it was KID's day... so pretending to be 16 and under, we went into the fan-fest dome and got to play mini-tennis with KIM CLIJSTERS. I was playing on her side of the court but... oh well, same thing. She said Hi and stuff and was really friendly, answering questions and things like that. That's me on the left... :lol:
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So I'll write about all the "good" players I met. And i'll start with the people who rejected us...

Nicole Vaidisova and her dad weren't doing much on the side of the court. So me and my friends decided to ask for one. And the reply from her dad/coach(?) was... nothing. I think she was about to taHe just gave us this massive greasy, and so we got the picture. When she started practice, She looked pretty good, but she kept flicking her hair in that barbie kind of way :lol:
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Patty Schnyder and Lisa Raymond started walking down the path, then she saw us and walked back and took a detour... :lol: I don't blame them

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Its Robredo, but this is the only photo with Daniela in it :lol: like 100 metres away.
Daniela was practicing on the furthest court with Maria Kirilenko. I forgot to take pictures. She was walking down the pathway after practice and this girl in front of us got an autograph from her. So i asked for an autograph and she looked at us briefly and just kept walking muttering something under her breath... it was weird. It was kinda rude but i guess she had to be somewhere. Although...

Sam Stosur had a match 2 or so hours away, and she stopped to give us all autographs and take a photo with us. She was definitely the friendliest.

Anastasia Myskina... at first she told every "no photos" while she was practising, so we left, but when we came back we saw her off the court crying, and her coach (? not jens, some chubby old guy) was giving her a pep talk. It was so sad, she was wiping the tears off her face. Anyway, we decided not to bother her cause she was lookin so sad, but this girl in front decided to ask her for an autograph which Anastasia obliged to... So we asked for one and said thanks wen she signed and she smiled back weakly, with her face and eyes still red from crying... :sad:

Paola Suarez and Virginia were standing together (so cute), but I only asked Paola for one, and I think Virginia was a bit annoyed coz she walked away.. .I was planning to ask both of them to sign, but just happened to ask Paola first.

BTW James Blake and Gasquet are HOT.
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And Gisela was looking really nice (and was also very friendly and nice) in jeans and casual clothes for some reason... I heard she was going out with Tommy Robredo... Anyway, Here's a pic of them. They were really touchy feely, Gisela was watching him play on the grass or something
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http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/DHfan/DSC00333.jpg - gisela and her bro apparently

I didn't see GRoenefeld and Safina play, but i could definitely hear them coz they were grunting freakin' loud!

Oh and we saw this random guy... we thought he was Feliciano Lopez... but when he got closer to us, we realized he wasn't... anyone know who this is?
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Other phtos (they aren't too good): Anna Chak
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Justine n Hingis practising together
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Franny and another girl maybe vera D
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Ai
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Chance
Jan 9th, 2006, 07:28 AM
great report!!

lol@ patty
That's nice of Myskina to sign.

Damn Gisela :( ;)

Hayato
Jan 9th, 2006, 07:31 AM
cool, thanks for that. I thought kids day was Wednesday?

Hayato
Jan 9th, 2006, 07:33 AM
Paola Suarez and Virginia were standing together (so cute), but I only asked Paola for one, and I think Virginia was a bit annoyed coz she walked away.. .I was planning to ask both of them to sign, but just happened to ask Paola first.

Paola :hearts: :inlove: :hearts: Poor Vivi :lol: :sad:

Oriental_Rain
Jan 9th, 2006, 07:39 AM
nice one Ivy
and yep Daniela can be rude sometimes :tape: :p

nigel - dani fan
Jan 9th, 2006, 07:49 AM
..Its Robredo, but this is the only photo with Daniela in it like 100 metres away.
Daniela was practicing on the furthest court with Maria Kirilenko. I forgot to take pictures...
How could you forget Dani!!

ceiling_fan
Jan 9th, 2006, 07:55 AM
How could you forget Dani!!

Well, I forgot to take pictures, so I got my friends to walk back down so I could take pictures... and that's when Dani had finished practising and walking back up, and that's when I asked for her autograph. And when she cut us down, I guess I didn't think of taking a photo because she probably wouldn't like one being taken given the mood (i think) she was in

and yes ben, it was kid's day today... wasn't it? :confused:

Tati & Dani
Jan 9th, 2006, 08:35 AM
ivy , next time try a deodorant :p :devil:
maybe she signs then :p

améliemomo
Jan 9th, 2006, 08:45 AM
thanks for the report,any pic of amélie or did you see her??

ozfan44
Jan 9th, 2006, 01:05 PM
thanks for pics!

Myskina :sad: :hug:

CooCooCachoo
Jan 9th, 2006, 02:05 PM
The guy is Igor Andreev ;)

CooCooCachoo
Jan 9th, 2006, 02:06 PM
Anyways, thanks for the story and pictures!

I know you meant the pic to be of Daniela, but you made my day cause it's the first Tommy picture I've seen this year :woohoo:

Yeah he and Gisela have been a couple for months, but I guess they are slowly becoming more open about :lol: Gisela was watching Tommy's match against Burgsmüller [:help: @ the match] in Rosmalen in the Player's Box like three seats from me.

Gisela's brother Alejandro is hot by the way :drool: Have a good look at him :angel:

CooCooCachoo
Jan 9th, 2006, 02:08 PM
And :awww: to Myskina :hug:

Agassi Fan
Jan 9th, 2006, 03:08 PM
thanks for the pics.

King Aaron
Jan 9th, 2006, 04:19 PM
Thanks. The pictures are great. :yeah: :)

Wiggly
Jan 9th, 2006, 05:00 PM
Myskina :sad: :sad: :sad:

SzavayFi
Jan 9th, 2006, 05:19 PM
Dani :o Lighten UP! Oh well at least she is playing good tennis. THANKS FOR YOUR REPORT! :D :D :D Dani and lil Maria practicing together :inlove:

Spunky83
Jan 9th, 2006, 05:32 PM
And :awww: to Myskina :hug:

Yep...?!? Oh man... :sad:

pcrtennis
Jan 9th, 2006, 06:46 PM
Ceiling fan, Who was Ai practicing with and did you see any of her match?

tobi
Jan 9th, 2006, 08:21 PM
Thanx :)

Nastya :hug:

beauty_is_pink
Jan 9th, 2006, 08:32 PM
psssh Daniela :rolleyes: :(

ceiling_fan
Jan 9th, 2006, 09:47 PM
Améliemomo: I saw a bit of her doubles match with Kuzzy. The Aussies were embarassing :o
Also, there was a rumour going around that her and Kuzzy were dating... I don't believe it, but just telling you that's what the rumour was.

Pcrtennis: Ai was hitting with a male partner and practicing with the girl standing next to her in the photo... Don't know who it is though.

pcrtennis
Jan 9th, 2006, 09:58 PM
Anyone know who the girl behind Sugiyama is? Any ideas?

Hachiko
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:06 PM
The guy looks like Tomas Berdych to me. Thanks for the report! By the way, I've heard from reliable sources that Tommy is actually gay, and dating Gisela's brother.

ceiling_fan
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:07 PM
And since you have Na Li in your name. I must say (i think) she was hitting with one of the Vera's

Mightymirza
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:12 PM
thx for photos...did you see sania anywhere???whom was she hitting with?

hablo
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:21 PM
Sorry I don't believe your reliables sources about Tommy Robredo, Chevina :lol:

Poor Myskina : I hope she's ok :sad::hug:

I think that guy you didn't name looks like Igor Andreev (but I could be mistaken)

I thought Momo had a girlfriend already ! :shrug:

that's cool that Hénin and Hingis were practicing together!! :D

hablo
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:22 PM
Nice pics, by the way :yeah:

Hachiko
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:26 PM
Sorry I don't believe your reliables sources about Tommy Robredo, Chevina :lol:

I know what you mean. It sounds a bit far-fetched until you hear the stories...

hablo
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:30 PM
I know what you mean. It sounds a bit far-fetched until you hear the stories...
So Gisela has agreed to pretend to be his girlfriend because of the media/public ? ;):lol:

IceHock
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:43 PM
i cant believe hinis and henin practiced together when they were gunna play???i wish dani was more nice and that would be funny if momo and sveta are dating she does kinda look lesbian

Hachiko
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:43 PM
So Gisela has agreed to pretend to be his girlfriend because of the media/public ? ;):lol:

That's exactly right. I'm not saying I believe these stories either- just what I've heard.

hablo
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:46 PM
That's exactly right. I'm not saying I believe these stories either- just what I've heard.
I see ... interesting gossip!!!
I guess time will tell (and paparazzi pics too :tape: ) :D

new-york
Jan 9th, 2006, 10:59 PM
Nice Pics, must have been fun.

416_Man
Jan 9th, 2006, 11:48 PM
I think the player on the same side of the court as Ai is Stephanie Dubois. Anyone else have any ideas?

Thanks for the pics and the report :)

eck
Jan 10th, 2006, 07:05 AM
Nice to see Justine and Martina playing on same court

lauryn
Jan 10th, 2006, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the report and pics!

esdee
Jan 10th, 2006, 04:07 PM
I think the player on the same side of the court as Ai is Stephanie Dubois. Anyone else have any ideas?

Thanks for the pics and the report :)

Jennifer Russell maybe ?

Niunia
Jan 10th, 2006, 04:21 PM
Nice photos and report . Thanks for sharing! :)

wipeout
Jan 11th, 2006, 12:58 AM
The guy looks like Tomas Berdych to me. Thanks for the report! By the way, I've heard from reliable sources that Tommy is actually gay, and dating Gisela's brother.

I also thought Berdych. :yeah:

He's 6'5" so that's a clue if it was him.

drake3781
Jan 11th, 2006, 02:08 AM
Thank you, this is so interesting!

slk45
Jan 11th, 2006, 04:57 AM
The girl with Ai looks like Kateryna Bondarenko. Her WTA pic looks nothing like her, but I saw her in person in Memphis and San Diego. :drool:

I saw Dani once walking by the practice courts in San Diego and asked her for a picture. She didn't look very happy, but she agreed. I didn't know until about 5 minutes later that she'd just lost a match. :o I do know that she will refuse a picture (as will most players) if she's on her way to a match; but she generally says so if she's about to play.

Nastya! :hug: I wonder if her mother is ok?

martinafan
Jan 11th, 2006, 05:22 AM
The girl practising on court with Ai is definitely Jennifer Russell. I've watched both of her doubles matches this week. 100% sure it's her.

Russell is actually a VERY good doubles player - i have been extremely impressed with her this week. Great hands and touch and really knows when to cross.

ceiling_fan
Jan 11th, 2006, 10:22 AM
So the girl next to Ai could be Bondarenko, Russell, or Dubois :lol:

I saw Ai today... she was practicing on a court next to Clijsters, but it was quite sad because there was a whole crowd around Kim and no-one on Ai's court. I think Ai and her group were watching Kim and laughing. I saw Ai pack up and leave so i decided to stand on the path to get an autograph, but then Gasquet was signing on a court about 10 metres away. I had to make a choice :tape: and I went with Gasquet, but when I came back onto the path, it was too late and Ai had gone to the restricted area. :sad: I heard stories about how Ai doesn't get too many autograph requests.

Mattographer
Jan 11th, 2006, 12:46 PM
It's definitely Igor Andreev ;) He's my favourite male tennis player so trust me, it's him! :p

Mattographer
Jan 11th, 2006, 12:47 PM
By the way, I've heard from reliable sources that Tommy is actually gay, and dating Gisela's brother.
Details, please! :hehehe:

slk45
Jan 11th, 2006, 03:29 PM
So the girl next to Ai could be Bondarenko, Russell, or Dubois :lol: Russell and Bondarenko do look very much alike.
Dubois is 5'4", 127lbs. and was 19 in Oct.
Bondarenko is 5'9", 132lbs. and was 19 in Aug.
Russell was 27 in Aug., and apparently is keeping her height and weight to herself.
Sugiyama is 5'4-1/4", 121lbs. and was 30 in July.
You make the call.
I'm still leaning toward Bondarenko based on her, uh, profile, ;) 'tho I would allow the likelihood of Russell.

ceiling_fan
Jan 11th, 2006, 10:03 PM
Well... Bondarenko just played in Hobart didn't she :confused:

slk45
Jan 12th, 2006, 04:05 AM
Well... Bondarenko just played in Hobart didn't she :confused:
That was her sister Alona. :) sometimes spelled Alyona.

Kateryna lost in 1R qualies at Sydney.
They have another sister too, Valeria, but I don't think she's playing this month.

hablo
Jan 12th, 2006, 04:50 AM
It's definitely Igor Andreev ;) He's my favourite male tennis player so trust me, it's him! :p
I thought it was him too ;)
I saw him in person at the tournie in Toronto (2003, I think!!)

pcrtennis
Jan 12th, 2006, 04:57 AM
So the girl next to Ai could be Bondarenko, Russell, or Dubois :lol:

I saw Ai today... she was practicing on a court next to Clijsters, but it was quite sad because there was a whole crowd around Kim and no-one on Ai's court. I think Ai and her group were watching Kim and laughing. I saw Ai pack up and leave so i decided to stand on the path to get an autograph, but then Gasquet was signing on a court about 10 metres away. I had to make a choice :tape: and I went with Gasquet, but when I came back onto the path, it was too late and Ai had gone to the restricted area. :sad: I heard stories about how Ai doesn't get too many autograph requests.


I bet Ai gets plenty of autograph requests...I know she does especially in Asia! How was she practiving? Well or did she look sick, she's not been feeling well...Who was with her on the practice court? What were her and group and her laughing at about Kim?

Thanks for the info!!!!!

ceiling_fan
Jan 12th, 2006, 07:03 AM
I bet Ai gets plenty of autograph requests...I know she does especially in Asia! How was she practiving? Well or did she look sick, she's not been feeling well...Who was with her on the practice court? What were her and group and her laughing at about Kim?

Thanks for the info!!!!!

She was practicing well I guess. She was with about 2 other people. One was probably a coach and the other a hitting partner... I think they were both Japanese also.

Ai was resting on the chair facing in the direction of Kim training and all the people watching her, and it was pretty obvious that what they were laughing about was concerned to Kim & the crowd, not sure what though.

Then Ai started skipping (with the arms swaying and everything :lol) around the court (part of her training) but she looked like a fool, and she knew it, because she was laughing at herself and her group was laughing at her aswell. When she got to the side of the court that was closer to Kim's she checked out the people in the crowd & Kim and people took notice of her and laughed and she laughed back. It was cute