Gonzalez Expresses Sadness Over Chilean Earthquake
by ATP Staff
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Chile’s top tennis player, World No. 10 Fernando Gonzalez, has been attempting to return to his family in Santiago following an 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck early Saturday morning.
Gonzalez, who played a semi-final match Friday night at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, flew from Mexico to Lima, Peru, on Sunday night and took a domestic flight Monday to Tacna, located on the Peruvian-Chilean border. He will travel by car to the northern Chilean city of Arica, where he will attempt to book a flight to Santiago.
He posted the following message Sunday on his official web site:
“I was watching TV and I found out about the earthquake. I’m so sad for the victims and families. I’m at Mexico City. This night I’ll fly to Lima to try to get a new flight to Santiago.
“Thank God I could talk with my family after the earthquake. I watched TV all the time and I’m so sad with the news. It’s tough I can’t be in Chile. I’m praying. I would like to help with the reconstruction of my country.
“I hope to see them again as soon as possible.
“A big hug for everyone and ¡Fuerza Chile!”
The 29 year old added on his Twitter account Monday: “I only want to come back to Santiago to stay with my family again”.
Gonzalez and the Chilean Davis Cup squad are scheduled to host Israel in first round World Group action beginning Friday in Coquimbo. The port town, located 500 km north of Santiago, has suffered little damage from the earthquake and the Chilean tennis federation would like the tie to go ahead as planned.
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