Photos: DelPo in Melbourne

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.

(Photo: AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK)

DelPo still uses the four-leaf clover vibration dampener on his racquet.  It’s so curiously endearing (not biased at all).

(Photo: AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK)

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.

(Photo: AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK)

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.

(Photo: AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK)

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!

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About mariposaxprs

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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4 Responses to Photos: DelPo in Melbourne

  1. queridorafa says:

    The curled fingers are adorbz! Like a chef putting the finishing touches on a plate or something (Bon Appetit–here’s your giant FH! 🙂 )
    The Rafa on Hisense didn’t bother me initially, but the more I thought about it, it started to bother me. Tomic’s “he can’t hurt me” comments on Fer perhaps contributed (even for a brash youngster…that’s pretty brash!)

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Haha yea, the finger-curling is a funny quirk. I guess it’s one of those habits you pick up from childhood and don’t even notice. Unless he purposely curls them, which would be hilarious. I hope someone asks him this question in a presser one day.

      Rafa made quick work of his opponent today and DelPo managed to win, so I guess Hisense brought its special luck to players on Day 1!! Phew.

  2. Arienna Lee says:

    Nothing but fluff in this comment, brain on pre-slam overload, but… that’s a mighty fine picture of scar-face DelPo. Fine, indeed.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      It is 😉 I guess the hours under the hot Aussie sun means he has a nice tan to show for it! With a scar-face to match. Now if only someone could replace his four-leaf clover with…I don’t know, a big sapphire stone or something? Lol.

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