Hangdog over in the St. Petersburg tournament thread is writing some really good reports of her adventures at the event. I specifically asked her to watch Juan - so here is her report. Thanks so much Hangdog - and glad that you're becoming a fan of Juan
...... When they were finishing their training that was Juan Monaco who came in and began his own training from the football too. So 4 previous guys left the court and Juan started to play with his two coaches. I remembered I had promised to get a photo of Monaco but with my died cam it wasn't possible. So I decided to watch his training up to the end and at least ask him for some questions. But after about 20 minutes of the training Juan and his coaches left the 2nd court and moved to the first one (an interesting detail that he change his cap to the hair stripe before the moving). Some minutes late I did the same. I created an idea to find somebody else with a camera, earn the batteries and then get a couple photos of Monaco. I had a good luck because there were two men who came to the first court and one of them held a camera in his hands. He was kind to give me his batteries so I finally got some photos of Monaco and did my mission. But Juan's training was really different and interesting so I decided to watch it up to the end anyway. Soon Jarkko came to the entrance of our court and said: "Hey guys, there is nobody else training. Go back at home!". Late that was Max Mirnyi who came to the court and sat on a chair. And he almost didn't pay any attention on Monaco.................... Juan and his coaches moved back to the second court and Max with Greg began to play. Max noticed that this court is not so fast as the second one and Greg said this court is too slow anyway....................... I left the first court and moved to the second too. Juan and his coach worked on the technical elements. Later they finished their training with the football (and had a lot of fun) and began to change their clothes right on the court. I noticed there were two other players on the first courts and seemed one of them were Pavel but I waited for Juan. One Monaco's coach went out and soon the same thing did another one. I went to the court's exit to wair there for Juan. But I realized that his second coach didn't went so far. He came back, collected the balls and gave me several of them. I didn't understand what does it mean.
- It's for me?- asked me.
- Yes, it's for you!
- Oh, gracias!
- De nada! - smiled he.
- But well, then your player must sign it.
- Ok, he'll do it. Look, he comes,- said the coach and went out.
- Hey, your coach gave me these balls, would you like to sign one? - said I to Monaco.
- Yes, of course!
- And you're Juan, right?
- Yeees, - answered he with no surence in his voice (hehe!).
- Haha, I'm genious then.
- Yeah, hehe.
- When did you come to the city, Juan?
- Oh, I did it on Friday.
- And so you had a training yesterday too?
- Yes, I do my trainings here (*so I missed him a day before*).
- And how many traings do you usually have?
- Well, usually there are two trainings.
- By the way, did you notice that the second court is not so fast like this one?
- Sorry, can you repeat?
- Well, Max Mirnyi said that this second court is faster than the first one. And how do you think?
- Oh, I don't know, not sure.
- Well... buena suerte!
- De nada, - laughed his coach who returned to us.
- And do you play tomorrow, - asked me.
Juan wasn't sure but his coach knew more.
- No, not tomorrow, - answered he.
- Aha, so on Tuesday, right? And are you going to the hotel? - and the coach began to tell me who nice city St. Petersburg is that he loves it a lot and the hotel is a really gteat too. Juan who went forward waited us and wondered what we are talking about. Selv he said he likes everything around too but he hadn't visited anything except the hotel and the stadium and not sure if he is going to because it's too cold for him outside. Then coach began to study me sevaral Spanish words, then told me something else in Spanish and realized that I didn't understand, hehe. He left us again and we began to talk about Juan's next match.
- My rival is Gabashvili.
- Yeah, do you know him? He is also Russian.
- Yes, I know but I don't very like Russian players.
- Oh, you don't like Russians?
- Yes, don't know why... And my favorites are Grosjean and Clement, - honestly answered me.
- They are good. And why do you like them? If it's because of their tennis?
- Yes! I like their game, their playing manner. Well, I like French tennis.
- Hey, let's go! - said the returned coach.
They were kidding in the doors because Juan chose the wrong closed door at first. But finally he found the right one and we left the stadium.
Another day comes.