Photos: DelPo & Pico Start Their Training

DelPo and Pico, who left Miami after his excellent SF run, were seen training at Parque Roca.  More training photos can be found here and here.

Photo: @AATenis

DelPo shows off his legs as his coach Franco talks to Martin Jaite.  Compare his legs to this photo from 2006 — he’s built his lower-body strength, which has helped his speed.

 

Photo: Ole

After Miami, DelPo has re-entered the top 10.  He’s 30 points ahead of John Isner, whom everyone welcomed with much fanfare to the top 10 last week — that was short-lived.  Still, Isner barely has anything to defend on clay, so it will be a close battle between the players ranked no. 9-11 to vie for the top 10.  Tipsy is ranked no. 8, although he’s currently no. 14 in the YTD ranking, while DelPo is ranked no. 6 in the YTD.  In the months ahead, DelPo has his Estoril defense in April and he is defending R4 points in Madrid, plus a R3 showing at RG.  Given the fact that Tipsy did not play Madrid and Rome last year, DelPo overtaking Tipsy for the no. 8 spot before RG may prove difficult.

Pico, for his part, rose 5 places to reach no. 16 in the ranking (that’s only two spots lower than his career-high of 14, which he reached in 2008).  One interesting fact is that Pico’s career high ranking is actually one higher than Feli’s (Feli, who sits at a current career high of no. 15).  Back to my original point — Nalby’s ranking did not change from the no. 50 spot he occupied last week.  Given how Nalby didn’t play the clay Masters or Roland Garros last year, he has chances to gain points in the next two months, health-permitting.  This is all health-permitting, of course.

On a slightly different note, Rafa had to withdraw from the Miami SF last week, due to a knee concern.  He’s met with his doctors and is looking positively ahead to the clay season.  It’s concerning that injuries will start to become an issue for the players at this point of the year, especially as the grinding of the clay season begins.  Let’s hope for an injury-free Davis Cup weekend and a healthy start to the clay season!

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I play favorites with Juan Martin Del Potro, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon and the long line of mercurial talent that drives me to despair in front of the screen at odd hours during the week.
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3 Responses to Photos: DelPo & Pico Start Their Training

  1. I *could* comment on the Delpo thighs. At length. Not as much length as what I’m looking at right now. OK, I’ll stop now. Nice to see Pico make an upward move. He and Delpo are obviously plotting their rankings strategy. :) It cracks me up when the guys say “I don’t care about the rankings, I just want to play my best.” You just know they check them first thing every Monday am. :)

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Exactly, rigghhhht??!?! Also, I wonder how DelPo could just aloof sit like that and not notice the photographers who are happily taking his photos. He def lives in his own world, doesn’t he? ;) The fact that DelPo’s compression shorts are white, while Nalby prefers to wear black compression shorts underneath his lovely-by-now-white-rainbow-kit kinda heightens the hilarity factor :) As long as they keep playing the tennis, they can choose whichever color they want though!!

    • When did so many players start wearing the white spanx? I saw so many of them at IW! Not that I mind if it makes them feel comfortable lounging about… !

      That eyebrow raise was precious. I can’t tell you how often I wish I spoke Spanish, or even French, but it seems to me that Delpo’s speaking pace doesn’t accelerate too much in his native tongue. He still takes his sweet time.

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