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Fernando Gonzalez: "The best thing of everything is that we made happy a lot of people in Chile"
The tennis player of La Reina says that "there is no time to celebrate", from a year of the Olympic medals in Athens, but he is touched with the most important memories of his career.
"Welcome to the castle of Conde Drácula, where the light is not known", Carlos Burgos says when the enter to the room. The disorder is absolute. Right in front of the window in the hotel Marriot in Mason, Cincinnaty, there is a wall. To Fernando González it doesn't matter. He even prefers it, because that way he does not have reflection in the screen of his computer. He doesn't listen Carlos Burgos's comments. He only wants to connect the notebook. His face changes when he sees that there is wireless and that immediately he will be able to chat. Can stay all day there, happy, in contact with his friends.
All the clothes are in the floor. Two purses with wheels and one enormous suitcase complete the surroundings. "I always travel with a lot of stuff. I have the Golden Card in the airline and they do not charge me overweight. But in every trip I lose half of all my clothes.
He laugh at the messages from his friends. Some audio messages arrive and the starts to forward them . When we ask him about what he would have done playing tennis at another time, he supposes: "I would have died, but I believe that before all were more friends, they hang out together play the guitar together. Now each one live their world ".
It has been a year since Athens. He closes the screen and it remains thinking. "Puta, the time has passed quickly", reflects.
Immediately, he begins to rewind the facts. Rather, the emotions: "the medals are there, but the best thing of everything is to knoe that we made happy a lot of people in Chile.
The role of fool
In Cincinnati Feña is with Rodrigo Briceño, that plays tennis and studies in a college of Los Angeles. González, a guy of affection, always invites his friends to the tournaments. Many of them dreamed about being tennis players and Gonzalez shows them the world that they always wished to live. All of them celebrated the triumph in Athens, because they are unconditional. They help his to prepare, they are concentrated with him and they even are with him in his free time. When there is time, he likes to share in the roasts, where he plays the role of farcical. He bothers to the person that cook the meat and to the ones that eat it. He himself eats everything he can, but later says that it was bad and things like that
When leaving the after a match, after beating Nalbandian, a gentleman says to him: "González, strong forehand eh". The Bomber responds to him with a smile and comments: "These gringos become crazy with the forechand. They celebrate when I hit it". Also it is the weakness of the ladies, who see in him an ideal son-in-law, Latin lover. "In serious the old ladies shout things to me? I didn't notice that"
In third round he loses with the Russian Nikolay Davydenko, fifth seed. Through his mind it only passes the idea to take the first airplane to Miami, to see his sister and to rest. "Saturday I want to go to play golf, but it is to warm in Miami. In fact, most probable I think I will watch the chilean channels and stay there".
On sunday is the "anniversary" of the medals. Are you going to do something special?
- No, I will be in Miami and I will return to New Haven on Monday to continue playing. There is no time to celebrate.
You know clearly that no longer they are going to erase you from the history of Chile.
- people always mark a tennis player with a achievement. To me they locate me by the powerful forechand and because I won the Gold Medal in doubles in Athens. And that is going to be for always.
Do you think that you managed to transcend in life?
- the truth is that I would like that they remembered me only like what I am: a tennis player. But, perhaps like tennis player, the grandmas would not know who I am. They know me because of the Olympic medals.
What has been the most complicated thing?
I must recognize that I felt fear in Santiago in the return. There was a press conference in the Sport City of Iván Zamorano in which people almost overflow themselves. All they were too much excited. They had to remove us with the police men. In Concepcion there were two to three thousand people under the hotel every day. That had never occurred in tennis. It was pretty, but complicated.
Because I wanted to go out with my friends and I couldn't. I couldn't go anywhere.
It was hard to be in Chile
- In those days yes, but I don't change that for anything. It was awesome to won the medals for Chile. In the United States they have twenty tournaments, the NBA, football American, the baseball. In Chile we have few things and is necessary to enjoy them to the maximum.
How do you see yourself ten years after Athens?
I would like to be in tennis, related to it . I do not know if still playing. It is long time, but I would like to be able to be more in Chile. It would lovw to help the boys, but hopefully without having to travel.
Would you like to teach?
I have never done it. I do not have patience to read a catalogue, nor to arm something by pieces, but I do have patience to work with De La Peña, ja, ja, ja, ja. Actually I never get angry ... It's hard to see me angry.
Gonzo, as they call him in the United States, arrives at the room of the hotel. Strip everything within the purses. he doesn't a t-shirt and he put on another one. He buys a passage for Friday, early in the morning. In the lobby awaits for him, Nicolas Massú, who on the following day travels to New York. ("Me cago de la risa con el Nico") I laugh all the time with Nico. It was pretty to won the medal of double and to win it with him, with whom I have shared... Puta! I have shared more than half of my life with him".
For a long time they have not been meeting. It is the last night in Cincinnati and return to be together. Athens is the prettier memory that they have, but the life continues in tennis. The viñamarino wants to retake the level and the Bomber of the Queen, to arrive at the Masters. González synthesizes it: " The only thing that could be the same as Athens it would be to win a Grand Slam or Davis Cup. And now we go for that".