Roland Garros: Who is Ready?

The draw ceremony will take place later today.  Meanwhile, most players have arrived in Paris and have been training on the courts.  DelPo was seen training on Court 18, which is probably 5 kilometers outside wherever everyone else was training.  Court 18 is the best, clearly.

His lingering knee problem hasn’t cleared up entirely.  At his exho match against Simone Bolelli, DelPo played in somewhat lackluster fashion to lose in straight sets.  Reports say that the knee still appears to be a problem, although it’s perhaps not a full-scale alarming one yet.  Also, Muzz lost to Ernests Gulbis at the same exho, so maybe the players aren’t taking the warm-up tourny seriously enough.

For now, DelPo looks bright and cheery on the clay courts of Paris.  Let us hope it stays that way!

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In other news, Feli seems to be busy training with his new friends Mario & Luigi.  Check out his new ad for a Nintendo game, called the “Mario Tennis Open”:

In this ad, Feli, Mario & Luigi play tennis on a beach, a hockey rink, and then a children’s playground. I’m not used to Feli looking so calm and relaxed (he falls down on the ice at 1:08.  I giggled).  Maybe he will be a dangerous contender at RG this year?

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Here’s another photo I wanted to post here, of Reeshard and his lovely backhand practicing at Roland Garros:

One of the sweetest moments from RG last year was when Reeshard defeated Thomaz Bellucci to reach R4, in front of his home crowd:

Given how uncomfortable Reeshard has been playing at home in the past, it was so nice to see the happiness mixed with validation on his face when he reached R4 (the farthest he’s gone yet at RG).  He’s been playing solid tennis this year (with a win over Muzz at Rome).  I’d cautiously like to say the outlook is good for Reeshie!

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I will update with news of the draw, once it’s released!

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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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2 Responses to Roland Garros: Who is Ready?

  1. Fantastic photo selection. I wonder how much it costs to go to pre-RG? It doesn’t look half bad to be there right about now! Feli is smiling an awful lot lately. What’s happening in this world?

    I do hope the knee is okay. The hair is definitely looking good 😉

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