Originally Posted by Rosie
I am sorry that Gastón lost, but I agree with GWH - there are more important tournaments coming up where he must do well - this one is really not important. In retrospect perhaps he should not have entered here but given himself another week to rest and prepare mentally and physically - guess he did not want to let people down which is good. But it's over now - onto the next tournament.
I agree with most parts of everybody’s posts, i.e. this wasn’t an important tournament, Gastón wasn’t in good shape, he shouldn’t have taken part, it’s worrying to see him playing so badly, etc… And I have it taped but I don’t want to see the match, so all I know is from watching bits in the sports programmes or hearing other people’s comments or from reports I’ve read.
But some things are objectively true: Even if one says it doesn’t matter that he lost, it DID matter to Gastón, very much! He was fed up with the whole setup - the state of the court, the extreme weather conditions (the stands were empty, only the poor fool players were forced to brave the heat, and all four main seeded players are out!), but principally with his own level.
And the worst part was when he yelled something like (rough translation) “I’m embarrassing myself” (“Estoy haciendo un papelón!”) which is what he dreads most. He can’t stand feeling he’s making a fool of himself, trapped on a court when he feels he wants to hide away in shame.
I think he entered this tournament, even if he wasn’t ready, because he has to start somewhere to gain confidence and competition level again, and because he felt he couldn’t let the organizers down for the event not to be a complete fiasco. But how can he gain confidence if he goes away feeling he can’t beat a player ranked 130 something?
In fact, he IS competing all the time, even in exhibitions, but against himself, trying to improve his game, and he gets really frustrated when he plays badly.
This shoulder injury has been tough for someone who’s hardly ever injured, and I guess only Gastón and his team know how he’s playing when he’s practicing and how it compares with his performance during a match, to be able to determine if he’s physically ready to start competing.
And btw, let’s remember we’re all in a Gaudio fan forum, we’re all friends, so let’s respect each other’s legitimate points of view!