DelPo makes his entrance on the red carpet at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. He looks very jolly, as he clumsily fumbles his way onto the red carpet.
While the Paris final is set for tonight, the top 8 players and the alternates have been suiting up and having a celebratory dinner in London-town.
Here is a link to each player (minus Ferru, who is still in Paris for his final) holding up a mini-bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne. DelPo looks mighty fine! You can visit the linked site to vote for which player looks best with their mini-bottle of champagne — DelPo is currently in the lead, with 31% of the vote!
First, the WTF logistics:
Group A: Novak, Muzz, Berdy and Tsonga. Group B: Fed, Ferru, DelPo and Tipsy. DelPo will play his opening match against Ferru on Tuesday night, while Fed plays Tipsy on Tuesday afternoon.
DelPo participated in the draw and he conveys how I feel about his draw — slightly horrified at first, but feeling better as time goes by.
Frankly, I’m very worried about DelPo’s prospects here. So many people seem to think DelPo can beat Tipsy and Ferru easily to advance to the SF, but let’s take a step back and remember that DelPo has lost to Ferru on clay, grass and HCs. This is why I hope the Janowicz-Ferru Paris final goes over three hours, so that Ferru doesn’t try and pull another win off DelPo. Ferru has become a source of troubles lately for the big man.
The fact that DelPo will play his most important match in the RR on his first day makes it that much tougher. DelPo needs to beat Ferru. Tipsy is a tough out, but if we assume DelPo beats Tipsy, he’ll need one more win in order to advance. One slightly encouraging stat is that DelPo has beaten Fed in the RR at the WTF — remember that exciting three-set match in 2009? So DelPo’s chances are still good, despite Ferru’s presence.
As for Ferru, may he play a long final against Janowicz in Paris! Ferru can win Paris, if he wants. But his fairytale ends there! I know Ferru is a saint, but I won’t be swayed by those pretty eyelashes. I get it: he’s a hard worker and he shows all the reasons why that is very important — tennis is not all about flashy shot-making. But enough is enough. DelPo, stand up for yourself!
Fed is a combined 30-3 against DelPo, Ferru and Tipsy (in fact, his only 3 losses have come to DelPo). I hope Fed’s in fine form and that he resumes his show of indoor HC prowess (except against DelPo, of course!)
Onto the Ceremony!
There’s nothing like DelPo looking suave in a suit to liven up the proceedings!
I wonder if Franco was instructing DelPo on how to knot his tie, when this photo was taken. How handsome is he! The haircut has grown out nicely.
He looks like he’s running away from paparazzi here. Only it’s DelPo, so he’s not actually “running away,” he’s just making long slow strides away from them!
DelPo can rock a suit.
DelPo looks like a cool, calm customer, who is silently judging Berdy’s high-pitched whiny voice. It’s so apt that Novak is chatty (and that he’s donned his eyeglasses, for whatever reason), while DelPo looks slightly bored. I love it!
The rest of the gala video is awesome too. Marcel and Marc! make an appearance. I love how Max Mirnyi seems to be engaging in an eyeball contest with the camera during his interview (at 0:33). Seriously, try to track the movement of Mirnyi’s pupils as his dubs partner Daniel Nestor speaks — so much hilarity.
Then DelPo makes his entrance at the gala! At 1:00 in the video, DelPo points to himself and asks the staff member, “¿Yo voy primero?,” like he’s insulted that they would ask him to make his entrance first. Thankfully, that dishonor fell to Berdy. After Berdy opened up the crowd, DelPo then made his grand entrance to the gala!! Fed makes his entrance at 1:43 and Muzz is creeping in the background — Muzz does a delicious glance-over of Fed, which is also hilarious.
The London WTF will be so exciting! I love how comfortable DelPo looks in these photos. He has that quiet air of competence about him, like he belongs.
DelPo Moves up to No. 7 in World Rankings
On the back of Tsonga’s loss to Ferru in Paris, DelPo will also move up to no. 7 in the world ranking. This is incredible. This time last year, DelPo was ranked no. 12. He’s moved up five spots to take a firmer grasp of his top 8 status. He’s also within striking distance of Berdy. No. 6-ranked Berdy reached the SF last year at the WTF. This year, Berdy’s in the same group as Novak, Muzz and Tsonga. If he loses in the RR, DelPo has his chances at the no. 6 spot. I am not trying to jinx DelPo — I’m simply incentivizing him.
More photos below, all courtesy of HinchadaDelPo:
Maybe it’s the lighting, but DelPo wins “best-looking” honors for this photo!
Berdy’s listed at 6’5″, while DelPo’s 6’6″. Someone is lying, because DelPo looks so much taller than the rest of the pack.
I love this photo. Fed is partying it up, DelPo is partaking in the rabble-rousing while managing to look cool, Berdy looks like a nervous twit, Tsonga looks strangely out of place and Tipsy looks even more like the odd man out. As for Muzz, well he’s taken one step forward and is clearly trying to steal the spotlight from the others (I’ve heard this is a common tactic among stage actors).
That is all for today! More to come once the WTFs begin on Monday!
He’s really back!