Tournament a paradise for autograph-seekers -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 2004, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
spiceboy's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 53,587
Tournament a paradise for autograph-seekers

By Leonor Vivanco

INDIAN WELLS -- Rule number one: keep your eyes open.

When wandering around the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, it’s possible fans can catch a glimpse of their favorite tennis players in the Pacific Life Open, which runs through March 21.

The expression on the face of Matt Macleod, 13, showed focus and determination as he walked around with a marker and an oversized tennis ball souvenir.

Macleod, of Olympia, Wash., was trying to find his favorite player by "going around to all the different courts like every hour."

He was looking for Andy Roddick so he can get an autograph, like he did with Justine Henin-Hardenne. He saw her as she was walking around the venue.

Fans can get lucky and see players even while shopping, said Dee Dee Felich, assistant tournament director.

"Most of the time people get the greatest autographs when it’s spur of the moment and not planned and that’s why I think it’s important to be prepared, to really know who the players are, what they look like," Felich said.

"Normally a dead giveaway for a player is he has his tennis clothes on and he’s got a bag with a lot of rackets in it," Felich said.

But she cautioned that person could be part of a player’s entourage, like a coach, family member or hitting partner. When a player is sighted, fans should be prepared on a moment’s notice, she said.

"Have something for them to sign and always have a Sharpie with you. Never go anywhere without a Sharpie," said Felich, referring to the preferred brand of permanent marker for autographs.

Signature-seekers are also advised to be courteous and gracious. "It’s always nice to say hello, and please, and thank you. Obviously, the players appreciate that because they’re taking time out of their schedule," Felich said.

Jesse Knutson, 14, found complimenting players works for him.

"You say, ‘Wow, you played really well tonight,’ or ‘You practiced really well,’ or ‘You just played a great match,’ " said Knutson, of Seattle.

"They rarely turn you down unless their coaches say they need to go somewhere or if they’re just in a really big hurry," he said.

But I, being poor, have only my dreams
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
spiceboy is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 2004, 04:01 PM
Genie Bouchard of TF
matthias's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 106,883
once in Hamburg i saw few kids, getting Autographs from players
and after they got it they tried to read the signauter, because they didn´t know who the girl was

matthias is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome