New Marcelo Rios book just came out
There is a new English book out about my favorite player Marcelo Rios, it's titled "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew." I just ordered a copy from amazon, it's 346 pages for just $13 bucks. If any of you remember this talented marvel of a player Chino, he was a hard to describe player, so smooth and flowing, so soft handed but talented enough to get to #1 and outsmart the big guns like Goran, Sampras, Becker, Courier, Agassi, Guga, Safin, etc. Rios was also a rebel, who ruffled the feathers of the tennis establishment on many occasions with his hard edged, hard headed attitude. A lot of players and insiders hated Rios but he kept it real and just followed his own drumbeat. I'm greatly looking forward to this book and discussing it with other Rios fans as soon as I finish it.
Here are some of the back cover quotes of the book: Interesting to say the least!
Michael Chang: "Why are you writing a book about Marcelo Rios?"
Ilie Nastase: "He's the worst prick I ever met."
Marat Safin: "He had the talent to win ten Grand Slams."
Roger Federer: "I was a big admirer of Marcelo."
Thomas Johansson: "Rios could make you feel like it was your first time standing on the court."
Mats Wilander: "I thought Rios was a ballkid."
David Mercer: "I don't think he respects many people in the media. I think he regards us as like parasites, living off his skills."
Nick Bollettieri: "He was one out of a million. What he had you can't teach."
Mike Agassi: "In a way he was better than Andre because you could not read Rios' shot."
Michael Joyce: "He was serving down love-40. Triple match point. His first serve was a fault. Then he hits the second serve as hard as he can and it's an ace. I walk back to the service line and then he says, 'Now we win.' I swear to God, then the guy hit like a winner on every ball."
Mike Nakajima: "Marcelo cold-cocked him. We go into the bathroom and the guy is out cold."
Peter Lundgren: "Marcelo said to me, I'm sorry I was like that. I thought you were a great coach."