Originally Posted by TommyB.
Who is Pato Rodriguez? I never heard this name before.
OOP Sunday May 21, Start at NOON
Red Group - Center Court I Germany vs. Italy
Blue Group - Center Court II Chile vs. Spain
I think they changed the OOP because Ancic, Acasuso, Stepanek and the Bryan twins still playing in Hamburg.
Pato was Nico's coach for awhile - he coached Nico when he won the gold in Athens.
And Pato coached Andres Gomez obviously years ago, and Nico Lapentti for awhile. He's coaching Vince Spadea right now - they just started working together.
Gaby had been Nico's coach from like end of 2002 to the French Open 2004. Then Pato until the next French Open - they started off well together, but then Nico had all those injuries. It just seemed like Pato wasn't able to get Nico prepared to come back. Nico got frustrated, and that was the end of that. Plus there was a controversy about who should coach the DC team - Horacio was coach but Pato and other Chileans didn't want him. That was a huge fiasco. But they seem to still get along - Nico thought Pato was a nic guy. I saw a video of the player party at Estoril this year, and they were talking. And Nico is friends with Pato's son. Anyway after he fired Pato, Nico got Gaby back - who I love and adore and worship
and hope Nico stays with him for the rest of his career.