- He stands firm on his decision not to play Davis Cup this year: He says he has received a lot of criticism from Argentiniean fans on social media (Twitter, Facebook) for his decision. He says it’s fine for them to express their often profanity-laced views, but they should also come to terms with the fact that he is at peace with his decision for this year. DelPo also says he will be back to play Davis Cup (if Jaite will have him) in the future.
- The interviewer asks DelPo if he’s ever considered living in Europe or the USA, given the extra travel hours he endures from Argentina. DelPo says he likes his life in Argentina too much to consider such a move.
- In Argentina, DelPo lives by himself in Buenos Aires. Still, he often visits him parent’s home in Tandil, where his childhood room is still set aside for him, complete with a teddy bear he’s had since he was a child.
It’s a nice interview from DelPo, who speaks eloquently in Spanish about his career and his perspective on Davis Cup and his past wrist injury. He also talks about his favorite animation characters, Disney movies (!) and his love of chocolate and sweets in general. It’s almost as if his body is simultaneously inhabited by an 80-year old and a 5-year old.
** Cincinnati Action:
Speaking of animation characters and childhood movies, DelPo sported a new look in practice on the Cincinnati courts. He showed off a collar t-shirt and a headband combo. He looks very much like the the old movie, Karate Kid:[tweet https://twitter.com/weswie/status/367347307680763904 align=’center’]
Nike should consider giving DelPo a collar t-shirt to wear (assuming he re-signs his contract with them at the end of the year).[tweet https://twitter.com/weswie/status/367334273008680960 align=’center’]
In fortunate news, it seems his back pain is not bothering him during practice:[tweet https://twitter.com/FitLen/status/367347655640629248 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/FitLen/status/367343049619550208 align=’center’]
And he was generous with hugs as well:[tweet https://twitter.com/Jeannab64/status/367338433918009344 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/FitLen/status/367338326057287680 align=’center’]
DelPo’s first match takes place on Court 3, against Nikolay Davydenko. DelPo is a straight 3-3 in the H2H against Davydenko. Their only previous meeting on outdoor HCs was earlier this year at R2 in Indian Wells, where DelPo had his great finalist run.
In other news, Fed his back to using his old 90″ racquet, after experimenting with a new 98″ racquet in Hamburg and Gstaad. It seems he will go back to testing the new racquet after the US Open is over. This seems like a smart strategy, given the big HC tournaments coming up.