The bromance basically wrote itself. After two days of exho matches and tennis clinics, DelPo and Fed finished the Argentina-leg of Fed’s Gillette tour by clasping hands and being utterly lovey-dovey.
They even wore matching outfits for a “couples photo,” even though Fed opted for a less fluorescent shade of neon green:
Fed and Delpo: best buddies?)) http://t.co/VR2r3C9w—
Sofia_RF (@Sofia__RF) December 14, 2012
After Fed met with Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner, he had a tennis clinic with young children. DelPo also attended this event, and many adorably entertaining photos followed:
Roger Federer has already did the tennis clinic with Tigre boys, now is training behind closed doors. http://t.co/nrkocw4n—
No Federer♥No Tennis (@SoyFederista) December 12, 2012
In the photo below, I like how it looks like DelPo is sidling up to WTA tennis player Ornella Caron, who also attended the clinic. I get the sense Ms. Ornella Caron wanted a photo with Fed, but then DelPo grabbed the space next to her. I say the photo turned out better for it!
The First Exho on 12-12-12:
The first exho took place on Dec. 12, 2012, which for the superstitious folks, was an ominous date. Perhaps this explains why the exho got off to a rocky start, as stadium safety issues delayed the exho by an hour. Quite a few Argie journos and fans noted that the wooden paneling made the makeshift stadium a bit nerve-wracking from a safety standpoint. The organizers set up what looked like chicken wire at the back of the stands, in an effort to contain the crowds.
Still, over 20,000 people showed up to each exho. Although the first night’s exho was a bit serious in tone, DelPo played well to win in three sets.
On the next day, Dec. 13, Fed and DelPo played a game of “footie tennis” at La Bombonera stadium, home of DelPo’s beloved Boca Juniors team:
Back in 2009, after DelPo won the USO, La Bombonera was the site of a big congratulatory parade for him. It was also in 2009 that DelPo fanboyed Fed and gave him a signed Boca Juniors shirt:
Fast forward three years and FedPotro are both playing at La Bombonera. In a way, DelPo’s dream came true, as Fed will now say he is a Boca Juniors fan.
Juan Martín Miotti (@7iinchomiotti12) December 14, 2012
A number 10 and his number 9, with the real number 9, Batistuta!
DelPo and Fed showed nice teamwork as they played. It was pointedly funny how DelPo was clearly trying to “make the assist”for Fed, rather than try anything himself.
The second exho was much more entertaining and it featured some fantastic points. Fed hit many tweeners, a shot that normally incurs the wrath of his fans. For an exho though, it was the perfect touch. DelPo was down 0-6 in the second set TB. During the changeover, DelPo and Fed shared a mighty hug. Aww. Fed won the second exho in straight sets.
As for Fed, he has now met with Pele, Gabriel Batistuta and the President of Argentina. He is receiving the rock-star treatment on his tour of South America. It’s been fun to follow. The Argentinean leg of his journey provided many fun moments. He is now onto Colombia, where he will play Tsonga on Dec. 15.
As for DelPo, he will play an exho against Fernando Gonzalez on Dec. 21 in Mendoza, Argentina. This will mark Gonzo’s farewell to the tour (he played his last official match in Miami this year).
More Funnies & Photos:
- Brazilian Pacman: I’ve been laughing at this clip of Fed playing “Brazilian Pacman”with a piece of fruit at a Sao Paulo market. He’s really been enjoying his time and showing his dorkier side to the greater world. I think Gillette brings out the dorkerer side of him.
- Fed & Papa Fed at Iguazu Falls: Another funny Fed video showing him screaming his head off at Iguazu Falls. My favorite part of this video is Papa Fed, who looks utterly laid back and calm in his sunglasses, while Fed channels his inner 5 y.o.
- Sparkling Wine: And a final photo of FedPotro chasing each other around the court with sparkling wine. Maybe Fed prefers Moet & Chandon champagne, but this was a fun moment:
I also like this photo of Batistuta, Fed and DelPo in the Boca Juniors locker room:
Del Potro, Batistuta y Roger Federer en los camerinos de la Bombonera. QUÉ TALENTO http://t.co/3mi73PBs—
Juez Central (@Juezcentral) December 13, 2012
Fed’s departure from Argentina feels like the end of summer camp!