Because DelPo looks awfully sleepy in his mugshot for the 2012 London Olympics:
I am perplexed, so I will hastily put together a defense for DelPo: First of allz, this is DelPo’s Olympics debut, anyone would be caught dumbfounded and looking off-guard. Heavy is the heart that carries his nation’s hopes. Secondlyz, his hairs could have been having an off-day (honestly, it looks quite nice. Just a bit all over the place, is all). He looks like a bear in hibernation — I want to clap my hands in front of his face. Maybe this is karma, for DelPo having such an awesome official ITF photo for the Olympics book?
DelPo recently confirmed in an interview that he will indeed be playing mixed doubles with Gisela Dulko at the Olympics. Here’s Dulko’s photo:
DelPo-Dulko are supposed to be the most attractive mixed-doubles pair. It’s criminal how the Olympics photographers managed to make these two look so sleep-deprived. It’s okay, they’re still guaranteed to be adorably attractive. Really, it’s Dulko who’s not pulling her weight here! 😉
For perspective’s sake, DelPo and Dulko managed far better than some of the other folks:
It’s just unfair what they did to Muller. LOL forever at Roddick. Nieminen has a halo, but Mother Theresa would probably not approve of his facial expression. Goffin is way out of his league, he needs to be carded right away.
Other players managed quite well — Gasquet, Fabio (Fabs proves that win or lose, bad lighting or not, he will always look good), and Rafa. Rafa and his amazingly cut cheekbones win the photoshoot. As for Rog — well, he won Wimby, so it’s only right that he gets a bad combover for his mugshot!
Onto More Serious Topics:
The exhibition between Federer and DelPo, that will take place on Dec. 12, 2012 at Tigre in Argentina, sold out in record time. Prices for the tickets were very expensive, with the cheapest seats apparently selling for around $700. Gulp.
Meanwhile, DelPo’s been training for the Olympics and he released this photo of himself scrambling after a ball. He seems to have dropped a bit of weight. He seems very excited to play the Olympics for the first time ever. This time four years ago, DelPo was ranked no. 44 in the world — he’d only just won his first title in Stuttgart, the first of four in a row that he would win that summer of 2008. People can sniff their noses at the fact that DelPo embarked on his title run when all the big-name players were playing the Olympics — but for perspective’s sake, I ask you, how many of today’s young players would be able to accomplish that (even when spoon-fed the chance? Seriously, who? Tomic? Harrison? Young? Even Raonic, for all his hype, seems suspect). Besides, DelPo defeated Gasquet-Melzer-Roddick-Troicki to win his first 4 titles in 2008 — any right-minded tennis observer would consider those players to be quality opponents ( that is, excepting Troicki). In any case, as of late July 2012, DelPo’s won 11 titles — including that big title, I think they call it a Slam! Here’s to more titles in the tower’s future!
What is there to look forward to this summer? For one, DelPo only has 360 points to defend for the rest of the year (not counting Davis Cup). DelPo did not play the Asian swing last year and he did not play Paris, due to a lingering shoulder injury. While DelPo has not had much luck playing the Asian tournaments, he still has chances to gain net points if he plays Paris and if he advances farther at the indoor HC tournys. This creates a small dilemma, as DelPo’s Olympics bid may endanger his form for the HC season. I guess we can take consolation in the fact that other players are also managing a heavier season due to the Olympics.
By my calculations, Tsonga has 2,855 points to defend. Berdy defends 2,030 points, while the ever-present thorn in my side named Tipsy defends 1,740 points. All in all, this is a great opportunity for DelPo to make his climb up the rankings and challenge Tsonga/Berdy.
Recent Bastad champion Ferru has a manageable haul of points to defend (1,450 points) — this means that Ferru has a great chance to end the year ranked no. 5. That’s an incredible feat for Ferru, who’s won 5 titles this year (equalling Fed).
As for the Olympics, the points distribution is as follows:
Gold (750), Silver (450), Bronze (340), 4th place (270), QF (135), R16 (70), R32 (35), R64 (5).
The draw for the Olympics will take place on July 26, while the mixed doubles draw will take place on July 31. More news to come!