In the run-up to the Barclays London WTF, the ATP has released an “ATP Player Personality Quiz” for fans. You need a Facebook account to take the quiz, but it’s quite entertaining!
First things first. I am normally a master at taking online quizzes/magazine quizzes, etc. Normally, they go like this — let’s say the quiz is “What’s your approach to fitness and health?” The multiple choice answers are divided into three categories:
A) I never get off my couch.
B) I have a basic workout regimen and I try to eat healthy, but I am not afraid to enjoy a good meal with family and friends every once in awhile.
C) I am a total fitness freak — I have panic attacks if I don’t run my daily half-marathon at dawn.
Clearly, the right answer is B. There’s no such thing as a quiz with no wrong answers.
Take the “ATP Player Personality Quiz” — the wrong answer is anything that takes you in the direction of Tipsy.
However, the ATP quiz is trickier to ace because there are eight multiple choice options, which means it’s more difficult to find the right answer (which is DelPo, clearly).
Believe me, I tried. From reading his past interviews, I know DelPo’s favorite hobby is “Surfing the Internet” and that he once vacationed in the Dominican Republic. I think he also likes watching Entourage and 24. He only uses Twitter and Facebook (he doesn’t do Instagram, Google+ and no, he doesn’t have his own app). Basically, if you pick the most down-to-earth answer for your questions, you have a great chance of ending up with DelPo’s personality!
I dutifully picked the right answers, except for the “What’s your ideal vacation spot?” question. I knew Dominican Republic was the right answer, but I couldn’t resist the “French Islands” option. Who could turn down an ideal vacation in the French Islands, right? I thought since my other answers were DelPo-esque, that I’d definitely end up with DelPo as my player personality.
So obvious, right? Wrong.
Just in case you were wondering who DelPo plays tomorrow in the Basel final…
Apologies to DelPo, I will try harder to ace the quiz next year!
Mostly, I found it entertaining to see the various folks on Twitter react with horror/despair at their personality match-ups, especially the people who did the predictable “I’m so disgusted, I ended up with Federer!” bit. Puh-leez, do you think Fed is hopping with joy at the thought of being associated with any one of you peons?! Pfft.
Still, I will try harder next year to get the DelPo option 😛
DelPo defeated Gasquet resoundingly in straight sets, 6-2 6-2 to reach the Basel final.
This is DelPo’s second consecutive final and his second 500-level final this year. He lost to Fed in Rotterdam earlier this year. Their last match-up was that astounding Olympic SF match (where DelPo lost 17-19 in the third set, after 4h 26m of play).
With his win over Gasquet, DelPo now has 61 wins this season (61-14 this year).
One interesting tidbit: Fed says Basel is a faster court than Rotterdam, where he defeated DelPo. I’d say this slightly tips the balance in Fed’s favor, although DelPo has his chances to claim the advantage if he serves well.
In Fed’s post-SF presser (he defeated Mathieu to reach the final), he said DelPo would return to the player he was once was, and that DelPo was playing his best tennis since his injury in 2009-10. That’s reassuring news, for sure.
In Gasquet’s post-match presser, he mentioned it was difficult for him to trouble DelPo with his famed one-handed BH, because DelPo was tall and he was also good at neutralizing that shot. Gasquet then said that he wasn’t quite sure whether or not DelPo was back to his 2009 level — he said DelPo would need to defeat Fed or Novak, before anyone said that.
Given DelPo’s slightly unfortunate draw at the Paris Masters (and also given his questionable scheduling decisions, which means he’s less than likely to be in optimal condition at the Paris Masters), I hope he takes full advantage of his chance to finally defeat Fed this year. I’ll update with an overview of the Basel final after it takes place. Vamos DelPo!