The Sydney final between Jarkko Nieminen and Julien Benneteau was rained out and will go an extra day, on a Sunday finish. In retrospect, DelPo’s loss to Baggy does not seem that bad. Even if Baggy went down tamely to Benny in the SF. As you do, Baggy.
Anyhow, DelPo is now training for the Oz Open.
DelPo still uses the four-leaf clover vibration dampener on his racquet. It’s so curiously endearing (not biased at all).
More four-leaf clover. Hang on, does DelPo have a scar on his right cheek? Scarface DelPo? It’s OK, irksome things happen to tennis players on the right side of their faces. The right side is the best side, am I right? Not to worry, it looks more like a temporary indentation anyway.
In James LaRosa’s highly-entertaining piece, the “2012 Aussie Drinking Game,” he writes
“Take a swig if … JUAN MARTIN del POTRO hits a forehand that makes you feel like you just got kissed by God full on the lips.”
Whether or not you partake in said drinking game (not advisable), the way DelPo curls his left ring and pinky fingers when he hits a forehand still cracks me up. Who says DelPo has butcher hands and is incapable of playing elegantly? Apparently the photographer, who did not release any photos of DelPo at the net in Melbourne. Growl.
DelPo plays his 1st match at Hisense Arena against Mannarino. In a show of faith in Aussie hope Bernie Tomic, the organizers placed the Tomic-Verdasco match at Rod Laver Arena, while Rafa’s R1 match was placed at Hisense Arena.
That makes Nosense — surely Rafa deserves a RLA showing? Mostly, I’m relieved DelPo got Hisense Arena, and not a show court. So halfway hat tip to the Oz Open. A four-leaf clover is hovering at monstrous speed somewhere on the training courts!