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I think this kind of thread must have been created in the past, forgive me then. You have many nice memories of making fools of yourselves in front of tennis players. And I wanted to share my just-translated article from Szczecin challenger (BTW I promised to translate as many as I can, here goes another one and I guess the last one cause I'm leaving for uni soon). Maybe someone would like to share own experiences in this matter? (Kristen?)Kindest greetings from Poland,
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Ball! Retrieve!

In the morning, when in the courts at Polish Army street there are no spectators, only the security guys out of boredom don't want to let the journalists into the press office, they already work hard. They, I mean the tennis players with their coaches.

Watching the practise schedule available in tournament's office, it's difficult to have doubts that the real Stakhanovite keeping form upon norm is Juan Ignacio Chela. Number one of the tournament can be announced for few hours long training on many courts at the same time, often with his friend and compatriot Mariano Zabaleta, who's absent in Szczecin from Tuesday. Argentine Chela's preparations have much in common with things presented in Poland by the Frenchman Gael Monfils (it's good that he doesn't play rugby in the street so far!) - the practise starts with volley game in service fields with two coaches. “Eeeeh, aaaaaaaah!” - Chela pretends the highest effort, playing a soft ball just to the other side of the net. “Buennissima!” - compliments his coach. Another solution taken from Monfils' team is quite original training – without the player's participation. Because this one stands nearby, keeping the improvement of his “bosses” last with the video camera. When the doubles finalist, great Argentinian Sebastian Prieto, enters the court, the real match begins: Chela hits the backhand volley standing opposite to the net, being happy: “I play like Max Mirnyi!”. Satisfied, he doesn't see when Prieto quietly runs to the ball and sends a lob with a comment: “I play like Guillermo Canas!”. Meanwhile, on the next court, Teimuraz Gabashvili runs in his military moro trousers, trying not to tire his injured right arm.

Who thinks that after this dose of emotion, nothing can surprise him or her, should have a walk towards the doubles sparring of Tom Vanhoudt (Belgium) and Tomas Cibulec (Czech Republic) as one pair, and seeded one Argentinians Martin Garcia with Mariano Hood. The last ones lost on previous day to Prieto and Agustin Calleri, the next opponents of sparring partners. Mariano Hood, asked if he came here as a spy or he wants to give some tips as a revenge, answered, he didn't want to be controversial (I'm not like you – he said). He didn't manage to reach his goal in 100%. Time after time he hit some balls on purpose outside the court, shouting to brave spectators, beautiful hostesses: “Ball! Retrieve!” and they were bringing the balls back to Hood with smiles on their faces. His doubles partner, instead, had a close meeting with a sponsor's umbrella, standing next to his desk, which taken up by the wind, suddenly hit the Argentine on his back. Furious Garcia run around the court after flying umbrella, finally he got it, furled it gently, and threw it angrily to reach the court ground. Things were no worse on the other side of the net. “Ciba on fireeee” - shouted Hood after perfect shots of Cibulec. In quite specific way Tom Vanhoudt was practising the accuracy of his shots: he found the non-signed below press-office girl as a target. When he finally managed to hit her ankle from the big smash, he pulled his hands up in the gesture of triumph, completely ignoring accusations of killing attempts.

But not always the tennis players are aggressive, sometimes they are victims, too. Like Alberto Martin from Spain, who was watered with the water from the tube. The proof on how little the tube operator had it in control was the fact, that instead of the red sand the poured water on banners around the court. Martin still seemed to get too few of wet substance. After he had finished the training, he went to take the shower, situated next to the press office, what helped us hear the Spaniard singing at the shower. Being honest, he should stick to playing tennis, he's already in the semifinal.

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Maybe someone would like to share own experiences in this matter? (Kristen?)Kindest greetings from Poland,
Nathaliia.
lmao! Ok... let me think... but these are from almost 12 months ago. I will have many more in a few months, trust me! I just know I'll slip and actually call Graydon Oliver 'cookie'.

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After discovering Niclas Larsson (very attractive Swede, who plays tennis with an equally attractive (albeit Australian) guy, Anthony Bonaccurso) a little earlier in the year, my mother and I were watching the two of them train together. My mother is a highly embarassing person (it's genetic!?) and so she told me to get on the court and get a photo with them after they finished. I was like, 21 at the time. Thanks Mum. So I walk on the court and what does Niclas yell out? "Come here...between our naaaked booodies!"


Feliciano Lopez / Fernando Verdasco - 2005
Training, half naked while every female fan with a camera, took photos. I did, and I'm not even a fan, really. They were making a game of it, trying to hit a target on the court (in this case, a bottle). Lopez was having a lot more luck than Verdasco, so he decided to wheel one of those big yellow drinks containers onto the court, to help his friend out! Whenever they would hit the target, the crowd that had gathered, would applaud them.


Other things during/around training sessions...
-Asking Kiefer who his doubles partner was, already knowing the answer, just so I'd know how to say 'Rainer' correctly.
-Glaring at Volandri, Vahaly, PimPim...all by accident, of course.
-Oliver Marach, post-match. BG:"Hey, I saw the trainer come out...is your ankle ok?" O:"Yeah, (the trainer used a needle and) all this yellow fluid came out"
-Cermak/Friedl were training... mid session, Frantisek noticed a small boy enjoying his tennis. So he walked over and gave the little boy 3 balls It was so sweet! Earlier in the day I'd seen Todd Woodbridge rolling balls along the fence, just out of reach for the fans. He had a good laugh about it.

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RG 2003, watching Dinara practicing with a friend, but when I mean "with a friend", there was only the 2 of us watching her. Well she threw a ball to the court next to the one where she was practicing and she seemed to be so worried not to get it back. But with my friend we asked a ballboy on the other court (they were playing an exhibition match so there were ballboys) to give it back and Dinara said "Merci" to us.


RG 2004, watching Novak, Stepanek and 2 other Czech players practicing. With my friends we decided to take pictures of Radek and act like crazy teenie boppers. Radek's coach saw us, was and eventually told Radek who at us.

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I remember RG 2003!!!

Rotterdam 2004 I started a convo with Mirka about Rogi's pics in GQ for Rogifan here. She really took the time to anwer

Proposed to Marat and he didn't want to hear it. I'll kill him if he ever says he has problems focussing on court!

Sat next to Llodra while watching Seb in Rotterdam this year. Ollie came and made some remarks in French about him already attracting pretty girls at this time of day. Me pretended not to understand French.

Have a funny memory of taking a pic of Rainer upside down, only he never saw it.

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Oh RG 2003 again: Corretja and Costa were streching next to a court in a place where only players have access. I saw them and took a pic and other people started to takes pics too. that made alex laugh.

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I also have a pic of that

I was the only one cheering for Yevgeny and Haarhuis against Llodra-Santoro

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Rotterdam 2004

Juanca and coaches played soccer with a tennis ball. Losing team had to crawl over the practice court. It wasn't Juanca, but looked funny alright. Juanca's gf was taking pics of it.

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Barcelona 2005: Carlos Moya was being filmed by some guy in a suit. I think he's well known in Spain I'm not sure. But he wanted to play some tennis with Carlos...so they hit a few balls untill Carlos hit one to the guy.....I think he spoke in a high voice after that one! Carlos also played bad Carlos when a kid dropped a giant tennisball on the court...he gave it back...but it dropped again....so he kicked it away!!! Almost went through one of the tents that were on the other courts.....poor kid!

Barcelona 2005: Marat Safin...destroying 3 rackets within 5 minutes for a reason only known to Mister Safin himself..... Tommy Robredo, who was on the court opposite Marat, even stopped playing to see what was going on there..... Tommy went: It was a funny sight!!! Marat lost it, just like that!!!


Rotterdam...ages ago 1996 I think... I was watching Peter Nyborg (doubles specialist) practice....and when I didn't pay attention for about 5 minutes he started using me for target practice!!! I was supposed to watch what him! Nice guy...really

RG .....I think Guy Forget at one point was trying to pull down Jakob Hlasek's shorts! It was hilarious! At one point they were chasing eachother!

Rosmalen 1998: Pat Rafter being ordered of court, because Miss Hingis wanted to practice there... so he took of his shirt and went to the court next to it.... the look on his face when he had to leave was priceless!

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these are funny to read. I wish I had something to put in. oh well someday. U proposed to marat??

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hey, thanks everybody for posting!!!

Apart from my pure article (however i still think it's quite funny) i have more memories...

~~ Sopot 2004: Rafael Nadal wasn't too much known then and he took his first tournament's victory in Sopot. Even though I'm not really into Spaniards, it was me who first saw him so I called to my friend: "Kaassiiaaaa isn't it Nadaaaaaal?" Instead of Kasia's response I heard the voice of a security guy: "Shut the f****g up or I'll close you in a toilet". But yes it was Nadal, I came up to him even though he was starting his sparring and said: "Rafa, come here and smile". He smiled. I still have this pic (it's in http://nathaliia.myphotoalbum.com => Sopot 2004). He trained with Galo Blanco (I think...) and he lost so as a punishment he had to crawl along the court.

~~ Wrocław 2005: Michael Ryderstedt (SWE) and Frederick Sundsten (NOR) were about to have a practise session just before their match against Kunitsyn / Schukin (both RUS). The Russians took their court and the Nordic guys were just standing up from the table, when I entered the AZS Hall and came up to say "hi" to their coach and them as well. I took my seat and they... took their seats again as well! They didn't go! We started talking a bit... When the match started, "my guys" weren't completely warmed up and lost games which affected the final result. "I see his hunger for the game!" - the coach complained. - "If I ever in future hear he's hungry for game I'll give him such a strong kick that he'll land straight on the court with his racquet!".

~~ Sopot 2005: Gael Monfils was playing rugby in the street. He almost killed my friend Effka. Remi Barbarin saved her life, catching the ball 5 cm before her head.

~~ Sopot 2005: Puerta, Mónaco, Artoni and their coaches were playing football on the court. I entered the court, sat on the bench of players and asked Mónaco for a pic (it's in my photoalbum as well). Everybody looked thrilled when I came there (if my camera's not a bomb or whatever!).

~~ Sopot 2005: Gael Monfils was playing a friendly against Garcia-Lopez. I was the only one supporting Gael. He was so happy but he lost... but he won the whole tourney and GGL lost in the 1st round!

~~ Sopot 2005: That's how I got known Tommy Vanhoudt... They were playing a doubles training... as three people: Tommy, Tomas Cibulec and Robert Lindstedt. Two against the one. At first, Lindstedt was the one without the partner. We were clapping whenever he played a good ball. /Kasia and I must have been really bored when we came to such "event"... but I wanted to ask Lindstedt if he knew Mr Pawel Strauss, that person who was with Ryderstedt in Wrocław/ Then Cibulec was the "lonely guy". We were clapping as well. When it was Tommy's time to be alone, my mother called to say Gaudio had withdrawn but he's still in Sopot. A while later my grandpa called to ask when I was going with them to the lake and if I already collected some worms for fish. Kasia was laughing at me, Tommy got no support. He was angry, even threw the racquet. In the end, we asked them for the pictures and Tommy said he didn't want to have a pic with me because I was bad. I said sorry and promised I'd go to his match to support him, then he agreed. In fact, I saw only 3 games of his match and I left for Mónaco - Monfils (he reproached me about it even in Szczecin ), and later... geez, even worse things happened .

~~ Sopot 2005: Polish tragic junior players took the all courts. Chucho Acasuso appeared and saw nothing was free for him. He started to train near the grill, with the hitting wall. I had quite fun! Another time Chucho Acasuso was training in a normal court. My friend Effka was calling his footfaults. Chucho didn't agree: "Que??!!!"

~~ Sopot 2005: I attended Mariusz Fyrstenberg's brother's training (completely amateur player) with the one so-called professional Polish player (Frytka's bro was better anyway...). Built up, I went to see Frytka and Matka practising together. I started shouting (for fun) "Frytkaaaaaa serveeee an aaacceeeee!!!!!!" I didn't see that Monfils' coaches are on the next court (practising without Gael) and they are ROTFL'ing at me.

~~ Szczecin 2005: I was filmed by Chela during his practise. I was following his every step because I still was having some silly questions to him plus I was taking notes from his practise sessions. That time his coaches were pretending they're having a practise and Chela was filming them. In one moment he started to tape me (the only person there), taking the notes, sitting in the stands and looking generally stupid.

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I was at the US Open qualifying this year and saw Zabaleta practicing with Puerta. Just as I went over to take some pictures Zabaleta hit a bad shot and started getting into a screaming match with (i'm guessing) his coach. I was the only one there and felt odd watching the argument so I walked around and came back a few minutes later. Zabaleta was still hitting the ball poorly and yelling. After another wayward shot he turned around and mooned Puerta. It got everyone laughing.
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Cincy 2003 i think - Ljubicic hitting Pavel in back of head with a serve, (they were working on there dubs, lost in 1st round )

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I was watching Moya and Lapentti practice at the USO. I believe that somebody else from a round here was with me at the time, but she can tell the story for herself if she comes into this thread.

It appeared that they were fussing about the court surface, because they started trying to see which way the ball would roll across the court? They were standing at the net and would roll it straight and see which way it went? I assume they were fussing about the court surface, because I couldn't figure out why else they would be doing that. I have a picture of them somewhere
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Have a funny memory of taking a pic of Rainer upside down, only he never saw it.
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Australian Open 2003
I think everyone knows how loud and crazy the Swedish fans are in Melbourne each year. Well I was watching Sebastien Grosjean practice on one of the courts and there was a Swedish player scheduled to play next match on the court next door. Halfway through the session, the Swedish fans started going beserk singing and chanting in anticipation of their player arriving. First Seb just smiled and then he started laughing with his coach. Then he bolted over to the fence where I was standing and leaned over to look around at the commotion of Swedes. Then he kept on laughing during his session. It was quite amusing to see him so amused
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