Face-off! The Tower of Tandil versus Sydney Tower. Journalist Craig Gabriel followed DelPo to the top of the Sydney Tower, where they have a Skywalk. Apparently, the Skywalk requires everyone to wear a special suit:
That wingspan — DelPo does his best impression of the Christ the Redeemer statue here. Between the towers of Tandil and Sydney, I call victory for the Tower of Tandil. 🙂
But I’d like to make one correction to Mr. Gabriel’s tweet: DelPo was not scared.
DelPo was not scared because he can pose with the largest of canine creatures and still maintain his composure. For him, standing atop the 268m-high Sydney Tower is the same as sitting next to this heavyset dog. The expression on DelPo’s face says so. Woof.
Update: It turns out DelPo was a little bit scared at the start. The ATP released footage of the visit. Some highlights:
- DelPo’s utterly dazed expression (0:25).
- Franco!! And physical trainer, Martiniano. A loyal team follows you to the top of the tallest building in Sydney.
- DelPo says he’s scared, in a joking voice. Wry DelPo jokes. I love how he casually points out the fact that he’s been on top of the Empire State Building before. Remember, after he won that title? 😉 (0:50)
- Juan Martin’s “Is safety here?” as he points to the ground below. (1:46)
- The photographer says “Look straight up, mate” to DelPo (2:12). Too funny.
- DelPo DANCES. He does the Lizard (?) at 2:30. Then a tennis-y dance to follow.
- Interviewer asks DelPo whether he’s more nervous at the Sydney Tower than he was playing the USO final against Federer. He says he prefers being nervous about Roger, for sure (3:27). Ahahahaha. Roger watches these videos, you know. I’m pretty sure DelPo ran back to his hotel and sent an apology text to Roger.
The Roland Garros twitter recently released a best impersonations video on their Google+ page. My favorite impersonations are of Gasquet, Roddick and Guga Kuerten (the video ends with an impression of Guga’s trademark drawing of his heart on clay). The impersonation of Gasquet is quite hilarious — I’d never noticed Reeshard’s quirks before, whether it’s his unique service motion or his paradoxically restrained Gallic manner of celebrating a winner. The video doesn’t embed, but is worth a watch (starts at 0:30)!