The draw ceremony took place and the ARG-CRO tie will begin in less than 24 hours:
A stand-off in this photo between the three giants in the middle
I’m convinced Nalby and Edu’s facial expressions have opposing reactions to each other. The happier Edu looks, the grumpier Nalby seems.
FRIDAY: Nalbandian vs. Cilic
(no footage of them from the draw ceremony)
del Potro vs. Karlovic
DelPo’s model pose, so carefully constructed.
SATURDAY: Nalby/Schwank vs. Cilic/Zovko
I was completely unaware, but Cilic and Zovko have played doubles together 14 times in their careers. Their best achievement as a team was reaching the final at their home tournament in Umag last year, where they lost to the Italian team of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli. There’s a Zelko Krajan sighting on the far left, he the temperamental former coach of Dinara Safina, now captain of Team Croatia.
SUNDAY: Nalby vs. Karlovic and Del Potro vs. Cilic
What’s in the shopping bags? Are they crinkled for effect?
More photos from the draw ceremony are available at the Davis Cup photo gallery. Here are a couple of my favorites:
DelPo shaved and he got a haircut — he means business. Also, the photo is amazing.
Nalby and Edu have their quarterly update meeting, in which Nalby speaks and Edu nods silently.
A hurricane interrupts the official dinner:
The night before the draw ceremony, the official dinner took place. The weather became an issue, as a big storm passed over Buenos Aires — the organizers ended up having to suspend the dinner. Apparently, gusty winds knocked over the glasses — the tent in which the dinner was hosted looked as if it might fall down. Here are photos that reveal the hurricane’s damage to the site. Pico apparently shouted, “We must leave here!,” before everyone left for their hotels (not even half an hour after the dinner had started).
Ivo Karlovic tweeted this scarily eery photo that looks as if it were a scene from a horror movie. The blue lighting, the crazed expressions on everyone’s faces, Ivo’s hands, Antonio Veic (fourth from left) howling at the moon…
ivo karlovic (@ivokarlovic) April 05, 2012
Fortunately, nobody was hurt and the clay court at Parque Roca did not suffer damage as a result of the hurricane. Also, according to accounts of the official dinner, there were no locusts at the scene of the dinner. Still, I feel “un poco ancios[a]” about the upcoming tie. Vamos Argentina!