Originally Posted by Florencia
George, your approach is totally correct from a pragmatic standpoint, but I believe that there are other aspects that have nothing to do with the importance of the event or the points necessary to maintain a ranking position. I am referring to pride and prestige. I will always support Gaston, but it really makes me sad when he blows chances against rivals who cannot even compare to him.
I tend to agree, Florencia. I´m not the typical tennis fan because I give so much importance to the human side of success or defeat. In this case, I imagine Gastón travelled to Viña as if he was going to a party - the returning champion, seeded #1, an easy tournament, a beautiful seaside resort, admiring gf by his side - and suddenly the harsh unpredictability of sport threw it all back in his face.
I hate to think about how he must have felt, but hopefully he has developped a thicker skin through the years, and he knows his worth as a person apart from his job and doesn´t rely on tennis results to define him.
A friend in the Yahoo group pointed out that it´s almost two years (since Estoril 2004?) since he lost to "just nobody" in a small tournament on a clay court, so he´s been pretty consistent, really.
Now he has more time to get back in his stride on clay and I hope he´ll be practising soon with Mancini. Calleri is through to semis playing doubles in Viña so he´ll arrive later.
VAMOS GASTI AND THE ARGENTINE DC TEAM!