Ahead of today’s opening action at the London WTF (Group A plays today, with Muzz and Berdy kicking things off, followed by Tsonga and Novak), the ATP has released many videos for fan consumption.
Boris Becker (3-time winner of the season finale) is often a consultant who provides his expert opinion for these ATP videos. He’s attired in a Burberry scarf and he speaks for a good minute and a half about Group A, before he shares his thoughts on the “weaker” Group B, which he ominously calls the other group.
Becker says Group B is primarily composed of baseliners. Yet Novak and Muzz of Group A are hardly serve and volley types — Muzz is quite skilled at the net, but he rarely travels forward of his own volition.
Also, Becker says Group B is not composed of players who are strong on indoor HCs
Except Federer is in Group B and Fed has won the WTF a record six times. Remember that, he’s defending champion. DelPo’s coming off a strong season on indoor HCs and Ferru’s just won his first Masters title on the indoor HCs. So I would argue that Group B is just fine, Mr. Becker, thank you very much!
As Becker talks inside the O2 arena, DelPo is practicing in the background. This may be why Becker suddenly points to DelPo and calls him “my dark horse.” I’m not sure whether to accept that as a compliment or a jinx. We shall see.
Also funny was this ATP video where each WTF player introduces himself. DelPo’s pronunciation of “appearance” (at 0:24) is comic gold. It sounds like he was trying to say “operation,” but then he changed his mind and went with “oper-eance” instead 🙂
This is DelPo’s third appearance at the season finale. Berdy and Tsonga are also making their third appearances at the season finale, yet Berdy and Tsonga are three years older than DelPo. This goes to show just how much DelPo has achieved in his tennis career. Ferru makes his 4th appearance, Muzz his 5th, Novak his 6th — and Federer his 11th season-finale! Fed’s track record over the years is simply incredible. I hope DelPo plays the WTF in the many more years to come!
Highlights from the Media:
- Rankings update: DelPo has moved up one spot to no. 7. Reeshie makes a return to the top 10! I remember Reeshie was targeting a top 10 finish for the year, so this is a nice accomplishment for the Frenchman.
- In Fed’s Daily Mail interview, he is asked what profession he would have chosen if he weren’t a tennis player. Fed’s answer: “I would love to say something amazing like a ski instructor, but in reality it probably wouldn’t be anything that cool.” Good to know Fed is a dork at heart, who secretly looks up to ski instructors 😉 Fed also shares that his worst pro moment was his 2009 AO loss to Nadal. The interview is worth a read! So is this interview with Fed’s long-time fitness trainer, Pierre Paganini.
- This year’s surprise Paris finalist Jerzy Janowicz caught the tennis world by surprise with his great performance this past week. In a short interview, Janowicz reveals that he would choose Eva Longoria to play him in a movie about his life … It seems Janowicz is a very complex character indeed! I hope he becomes a more recognizable face in tennis next year, so we get to know more about him.