Wasn't sure where to put this... my sister and I saw Richard at TMS Montreal05. Just a few notes and a photo or two that we took.
Saturday August 6 - Tuesday August 9
My sister handed him a souvenir de Canada
without saying anything because only Spanish would come to her mind at the time. He seemed mildly embarrassed.
On Sunday August 7, we checked out the practice courts since Gasquet was supposed to be on court 5 but he never showed up, so we headed for court 6.
Monday August 8 - Gasquet beat Youzhny – a good match! Well done, Richard!
Tuesday August 9 [our last day]
d Niemyer/Grosjean court 9 [moved from court BN]
After the first three games of the Nadal/Robredo vs. Allegro/Hrbaty doubles match on CC, I decided to go to court BN to catch a little of the beginning of the other doubles Gasquet/Ferrer. I positioned myself just outside the court ready to film and as I started, I realized that this was not the right doubles match… it was Dancevic/Bester. Confused, I asked a volunteer what happened to the Gasquet doubles. Oh, they’re playing on court 9, he said… what? I can’t believe it!
So I high-tailed it over to court 9 and sure enough, the Gasquet doubles had already started. During a break I got in and asked someone the score – the person hadn’t a clue so I asked someone else who had to get up and look at the scoreboard to tell me… well I could have done that myself! Wasn’t the match already into the third set?? I was livid. I texted my sister, who, along with our friend, came over to try and see the very end of this well-contested match. Niemeyer was serving well when I arrived and people were chanting “Grosjean, Grosjean!” but Gasquet and Ferrer came up with shots to break their opponents and finally win the match. A couple of enthusiastic young female fans brandishing a big Spanish flag kept shouting out cheers, in French for Ferrer, then in Spanish for Gasquet or in English for both. A fun match on a small court – the best for atmosphere.