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WSFG Masters or How I spent my days in Cincinnati - a blog

Now I have the WiFi to myself I'll try to post a few pictures taken yesterday at the Cincy tournament. Actually I'm in Mason, Ohio but I guess someone figured no one would come if they call a tennis tournament the Mason Masters.





I will be here for the week and will be posting pics as the tournament progresses. It started Friday, July 25th with the draw and a seniors tournament. Because of delays in flights, rental car pickup, and heavy traffic from the airport to my hotel in Mason I miss the events of last evening.

Yesterday was the first day of qualifying. In general the crowds were small. With no qualies interesting me I just wandered between practice courts. With Rafa still in Toronto you'll have to be satisfied with pictures of other players I enjoy.

Yes there are espenses involved in spending a day at a tennis tournament. Not to fear the directors have thought of everything.



I'm rather doubtful I'll get to the groundst today. There is only and a daytime session and with Rafa's final to be played Not Before 1:30 p.m., I expect the day to be taken up with feeding and being in an air-conditioned place watching his match. For those who have always wanted to see Mason, Ohio I might be able to fill the gap between today and tomorrow's (Monday) opening day with a few pics of the area.

I do write but whenever possible I'd rather post a picture than subject people to a dose of my stilted prose.

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Re: WSFG Masters or How I spent my days in Cincinnati - a blog

I think some of you have seen previous tournament blogs I wrote for another website. In general, I like to see pictures and sort of think so do most other people. What I post are resized from high resolution. Perhaps more than seeing a competition in person is the opportunity to see your favorite player practice that makes a day at a tennis tournament worthwhile.

So I'm going to start with Carlos Moya, one of the senior members of the Armada. There are few practice court locations surrounded with high fence and unfortunately Charlie was on one. So the pictures show some indication of the chain link.





There are a number of Serbian tennis players current competing in both the ATP and WTA. My favorite in the ATP is Janko Tipsarevic.




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Tommy Hass mainly because he was practicing with Marat Safin.





Marat Safin who still has a game and a presence. Sometimes it is a good idea to be careful with off-hand comments. During the Marat's practice he included throwing a racquet. I made a comment about it to the young lady sitting next to me and later found out she is a pass wearing friend of Marat.




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Re: WSFG Masters or How I spent my days in Cincinnati - a blog

You notice a few players who need to get out in the sun more...

Jarko Nieminen.





Robin Soderling who was practicing with Feliciano Lopez.




Just one picture of Andy Roddick.


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Oooh thank you, Lopaka. Especially for the pics of the topless players. Oooga. (drool) even though i'm not a mssive fan of Roddick anymore, the close-up is to die for.

looking forward to hearing and seeing more.

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Re: WSFG Masters or How I spent my days in Cincinnati - a blog

I'll finish Saturday's player pictures with a few of an Armada member who seems to have a popularity beyond his tennis skills.

Feliciano Lopez.









One nice fan feature is what you might call a players autograph gauntlet. It is the walkway from the player enterence and parking lot. If you are willing to hang around during the day there should be a chance to get your favorite player's autograph.




That's it for my fist day. I don't think you want any pictures of or the words I said while trying to upload the pictures.

The important item on today's agenda is a successful finish to Rafa's Toronto tournament. Then safe and uncomplicated travel to Cincinnati.

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Wow. This is great. Thanks for sharing. Here's hoping to see pictures of our dear Rafito soon.

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OMFG!!!! Feli is so

thanks a lot, you'r so lucky!!!!

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Thanks to shering us the pics and tell us your blog!!!!

Hope to see more...

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Great pictures! I"m looking forward to seeing and reading more. The picture of Roddick is a great photo and Feliciano looked like he was posing for you in a few of them!
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Thank you so much! That was very interesting. I think Jess is going to be terribly excited by those Tipsy pictures.
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You saw Tipsy and Moya! I appreciate the captions and random pictures (ATM ) most of all, though.

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Great stuff Lopaka Thanks


All those shirtless photos! No David Pics Ferrer pics?

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thanks Lopaka for all these great piccies
I'm shocked by Soderling I never knew he has such a chest...but it doesn't match with his horrid face

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Wow, thank you so much Lopaka!
Your Safin pics are priceless
I can't wait to see shots you'll have of Rafa

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