Following his loss to Hewitt at Queen’s, DelPo has been settling into life in Great Britain before Wimbledon starts.
First, he attended his idol Bruce Springsteen’s concert at Wembley stadium with Franco:
DelPo is a huge fan of the Boss (he follows the Boss on Twitter). While his decision to attend a Boss concert wearing a Boss t-shirt is questionable at best, you have to admire his good taste in musical legends. On the same day, Sharapova and Wawrinka attended a Rihanna concert. Part of me is laughing at the fact that DelPo is the youngest of that group of players, yet he willingly chooses to attend a Boss concert over Rihanna. An old soul, that’s our DelPo!
DelPo was then spotted running up a hill by a NY Times reporter in London town:
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This tweet instantly brought to mind the Kate Bush song, “Running Up That Hill.” This is hilarious because Kate Bush is not a singer you would normally associate with DelPo. Kate Bush is a petite, bird-like singer while DelPo is a gigantic sasquatch.
One of my favorite Kate Bush songs is “Hounds of Love.” Coincidentally, one of my favorite Bruce Springsteen songs is “Tunnel of Love.” In conclusion, I like cheesy songs and DelPo has a lot of love to give.
And it showed. He would later post a photo of himself sprawled out on a lawn, doing his exercises before training:
I am a bit amazed at how openly he is baiting everyone to admire his backside. What other reason is there to post such a photo? Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back” comes to mind here. Or perhaps Destiny Child’s “Bootylicious“? To be fair, DelPo’s back muscles are lovely. He seems to have filled out a bit, which is encouraging to see, given his recent health issues. In any case, I suppose I have ended up compiling a mini-playlist, titled “DelPo at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships” (a well-balanced mix of the Boss, Kate Bush, Destiny’s Child and Sir Mix-a-Lot — not random at all).
Moving on to actual tennis news, the Wimbledon seeding committee has announced their seeding for the 2013 Championships. DelPo will be the no. 8 seed (he played as the no. 9 seed last year, where he lost in R4 to Ferrer. Last year, Tipsy was the no. 8 seed at Wimbledon — we’ve survived that nightmare).
There is no major movement in the adjusted seedings, save for Tsonga moving up one place to play as the no. 6 seed. Rafa will play as the no. 5 seed, despite the media’s constant insinuations that he should be randomly bumped up to no. 4 seed. In any case, this makes the upcoming draw ceremony all the more important, as Nadal, Djokovic and Federer could potentially land in the same half of the draw. This could potentially benefit no. 2 seed Murray, who is going full-blast with his efforts to win his home Slam this year.
The draw ceremony for Wimbledon takes place at 10AM on Friday (UK time).
In the meantime, DelPo also shared a photo of himself practicing on the green grass with Kei Nishikori:
DelPo and Nishikori last played each other on grass at the 2012 Olympic QFs, which DelPo won in straight sets. It’s incredible to see how a year has flown by since last year’s Olympics, where DelPo would lose that epic match against Fed in the SF (in a Reddit session, Fed said that SF win over DelPo was one of the toughest matches of his career), before defeating Djokovic for the bronze medal in an emotional display.
Given DelPo’s health troubles of late, it’s tough to expect the same level of success as last year. Still, he did show encouraging signs at Queen’s last week, so the hope is he can continue to improve his form on grass.
DelPo is scheduled to play the Boodles exhibition as well. The exho has already started and DelPo is confirmed to play this year, although he is not yet on the schedule. For those interested, the Boodles provides live YouTube streaming of their matches.