Olympics: Vamos, Team Argentina Have Landed in London.

Following a wait, during which the Armada (or rather, Ferru and Feli) took many awesome field-trip like photos of their experience at the London Olympics, Team Argentina have finally congregated:

Photo: Juan Monaco FB

Pico and Nalby are happy munchkins in the cafeteria.

DelPo and Nalbandian came a bit later than the other Argentinean tennis players, but they finally arrived at the Olympics Village yesterday.  I like the t-shirts, although it’s surprising Topper wasn’t chosen to make their official training/competition outfits.

Then, Gisela Dulko, ARG’s DC sub-captain (and fellow Tandil native) Mariano Zabaleta, and Eduardo Schwank appeared on bicycles taking a tour of the Village.

Photo: Gisela Dulko

Photo: @CharlyBerlocq

Edu flaunts his shirtless Argentina gear with Berlocq.  I wonder if DelPo will opt for the shirtless t-shirt, in a nostalgic throwback to his pre-2011 outfits?

DelPo had arrived at the London airport and given a video interview (rocking an awesome Argentina jacket along with some, ahem, facial growth) — in the interview, he talked about his hopes for this Olympics, while also congratulating Pico for his top 10 ranking.  DelPo talked about the somewhat uncertain nature of tennis at the Olympics, which is more prone to upsets and surprise medalists.

Just as I was starting to worry that DelPo had gotten lost on his way from the airport (London is apparently experiencing transport problems, due to increased traffic), DelPo showed up on the training courts.  He had a hitting session with Pico.  Ta-da:

Photo: @OlympicsTennis

Muzz photobombs this precious photo of DelPo practicing on the Wimbledon grounds.  The venue looks so different, now that it’s been redecorated for the Olympics.

Finally, Carlos Berlocq (who has been most generous with sharing photos of his experience at the Olympics), shared this photo of Team Argentina at the cafeteria:

Photo: @CharlyBerlocq

It wouldn’t be a Team Argentina photo without DelPo’s eyes being closed, Nalby’s face blocked out, and Pico’s blurry face.  At least the great majority of people in this photo are actually staring at the camera.  How cute are Berlocq and Edu?  ARG’s outfits are nice too.  Although Team Spain’s photos have a better field-trip feel, at least Argentina’s outfits are awesome 🙂

The draw for the singles competition takes place in about 5-6 hours.  I will update with the great draw-related news when I can!


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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