I've posted a wee bit on the fangirl thread, but I thought I should come here and introduce myself properly.
My name is Eve and I'm a student living in the UK. I study 3 subjects - French because it's a beautiful language, and I'd quite like to try living there one day. English Literature, because reading and creative writing are two of my favourite hobbies. And music, because I adore pretty much everything about it, and also play the piano and the harp. I also love film, cooking (asian cuisine), knitting, cartoons (because I'm 6, really), and long, long walks in parks, forests or National Trust areas. My dream is to one day visit Iceland.
I think I'm relatively new, in tennis-fan terms, though oddly I can't seem to remember a life where constant stress, first serve percentages and 2am livestreams weren't a regular fixture! I've been following since Wimbly 07, when I just happened to flick over to the men's final. It astounded me how involved and emotional I became over this match, given that I barely knew anything about either player apart from the fact that the guy with the pretty hair was no.1 and kept winning everything. The moment Roger Federer collapsed onto the grass of centre court, I was sold. Haven't looked back since.
It is for that sentimental reason, and the fact that's he's, ahem, indescribablybeautiful
, that Roger is and will always be my favourite player. His 2008 season, in particular, has made a real impact on me and the way I try to live my life, because of the tremendous heart and courage he showed despite many setbacks. Reading over that I realise it sounds a little silly, but maybe I'm just a sucker for that kind of thing.
Being a Fed fan does not mean I overlook other players, though - in fact I follow many on the tour. I love Marat Safin - though who doesn't? - and will genuinely be gutted when he retires later this year. Also on the list are Janko Tipsarevic, Fernando Verdasco (since before AO/DC/Ana, actually
) Juan Carlos Ferrero (he was the first player I ever saw live, back when I was little), Mario Ančić, Ernests Gulbis, Simone Bolelli, Andreas Seppi, Jonathan Eysseric, David Ferrer, Marco Chiudinelli (
), Michael Lammer, Yves Allegro, in fact pretty much the entire Swiss DC team. (On that note, good luck guys! You're going to need it
) I also have a lot of respect and admiration for Rafael Nadal, despite having to constantly associate him with tears and heartbreak
So I think that's it. If you managed to read through the whole thing (all 500,000 words), then thank'ee kindly