I started this thread just to share my article from Szczecin (I think it's the last one which may interest you... others are or already translated, or about matches or press conferences so they don't have too much value... however - being not humble - I love my match texts lol)
Does exist such a Brazilian, who prefers tennis to football, compliments the Argentinians, wins with the local beloved player Adam Chadaj and then becomes the favourite of the journalists on the press conference? Yes. Delinquent's name is Marcos Daniel.
Any player who starts commenting just played meeting, most often says: “match was difficult” or “match wasn't too much difficult”. Marcos Daniel qualified his 6:4. 6:4 with Chadaj as a difficult game. That's because he hasn't seen his rival in real action before, only during practise sessions, which may not tell anything. In Brazilian's opinion, the Pole couldn't find the right rhythm. Daniel to the account of his psychological advantages counted last week's challenger's final in Seville, where he was forced to retire due to his ankle injury. As a stricte tennis advantage he qualified his service, practically unavailabling Chadaj the fight in Brazilian's service games. Tennis player from South America wasn't even deconcentrated by persistent messing his name with surname by the umpire, because it happens everytime in different parts of the globe. To be exact – Marcos is his name, Daniel is the surname.
Our hero is the third racquet in his country, after Ricardo Mello and Flavio Saretta. The best known player in Brazil is still Gustavo Kuerten, who apart from problems with injury, has problems with motivation, and his followers can't be neither seen, nor heard. Daniel says, even if you see a talented Brazilian junior player, you can never tell what he may reach in future. At least it's good the federation finally started to help those children, because till now there was a conflict between the players and the federation, also the ones presenting higher skills (Kuerten denied playing Davis Cup because of it).
Marcos Daniel comments, that in Argentina financial matters were solved differently. There are few rich managers, who aren't afraid of investing in players just starting their adventure with tennis. They sign special contracts, which in fact allow players to make benefits of what they earn after they get the right position, but they don't have to worry about many things while setting off. Being mobile is another advantage of the Argentines. The Brazilians don't want to stay in Europe for too long, they aren't eager to leave native country. The most important thing is still the national mentality. The Argentine will be always fighting till the last blood, even if he's not in the good shape. Caused by the brightest traditions (for example in people like Guillermo Vilas, Gabriela Sabatini, Guillermo Perez – Roldan), the Argentines play often and willingly – even in the small clubs at 7 p.m. out of 30 available courts, all are taken. Few weeks ago Daniel said goodbye to two challengers in a row (under his home's roof!!!) after losing to 16 yeared Juan Martin del Potro from Argentina (I would be sick if I didn't mention him anywhere...).
As you can see, being the second row tennis player in Brazil isn't an easy piece of cake, but it isn't said you must choke with this cake. Daniel is satisfied that he's not a football or volleyball player, but he chose tennis. His story with the discipline started, when the doctor adviced his injured father (indoors football player) to swim and play tennis. Little Marcos got inspired with his dad's activity: he became a pro in tennis, and inseparably connected with water surfing is his hobby. Daniel plays football as well (I forgot to add in Quito challenger he was a goalie versus Argentina... Argentina won 1:0 after Marcaccio scored a goal... stupid me, that one would be funny!).
He said, he'd meet with pleasure his compatriots representing local football club, Pogoń Szczecin.
kindest greetings to everyone, especially people in Brazil