I walk through the ways of Roland Garros, absent minded, when I see one of those chin-falling brunettes. I take a couple of steps and then I realize: it´s her! Gabriela Sabatini. I turn back, running, still in time to catch her before she entered the stands. The chat is very quick, but delicious. Ah, Gabi, Gabi, we all miss you so much! Don´t you miss the courts?
Sabatini opens a smile capable of melting in a second the whole iceberg that sank Titanic and convincingly says that no:
- I came for some business reasons, and it´s great to see the friends again. But about playing again, no way!
While se tells me that her current main occupation is shooting commercials for perfurms and classic and sports fashion modeling, the fans that won´t forget her take pictures, wave and even kiss her. Time flies, she´s in a hurry, but I still have to time to ask one more thing:
- Graf or Hingis?
With that angelic way, and at the same time evil, she kills it with one word:
Ah, Gabi, Gabi...
Fernando Meligeni and Gustavo Kuerten come back to the court today. In theory, Meligeni´s chances are bigger than Guga´s.
Filip Dewulf, Fernando´s opponent, is the world number 124, and however he beat the brazilian on their last two matchups, that happened more than three years ago, while the belgian was still among the 50 best players in the world.
Jonas Bjorkman, to play against Guga, is on the top of his form (right now he is ranked at number 23) and has an aggressive, tough-to-crack style.
In the current season, though, both Guga and Meligeni have beaten top ranked players. Guga defeated Andre Agassi and Meligeni prevailed against Michael Chang. It´s gonna be tough, but we can always cheer.
The french people´s love for tennis is so big that, in the last issue of "L´Equipe Magazine", its readers put Roland Garros´ final as the first among the best sports events they would like to watch.
The Parisien Grand Slam tournament had 37% of the votes. In second place came the European Champions League (soccer) with 35% and in third the Monaco GP of Formula One, with 34%. Watching a match from France´s National Soccer Team (warming up for the World Cup next year) came in a modicum eigth place with 18% of the choices.
Steffi Graf had a walk in the park with her last match. She beat the argentine Paola Suarez in a 6/1 6/4 match in which she didn´t have troubles.
Martina Hingis started against the weak czech Henrieta Nagyova, winning in a 6/0 6/2. [ps - some stupid lame comments on women and their microskirts combined with the wind...
Hingis and Kournikova are in the sentence. Then he makes a smart-assed comment on Venus and the irony of her name compared to her beauty. Well, every book NEEDS to have a lame part, isn´t it?
Both won their first round matches and they are the big hopes of the women´s tennis these days. Anna Kournikova was junior world champion in 1995. Venus Williams is seen, in the States, as a Tiger Woods of tennis.
If she wins one more match, Kournikova would have to face the world number one Martina Hingis. Venus Williams, in the case of a new victory, would have Monica Seles in her way.
"Tennis Magazine" reveals that former world number one John McEnroe got married again in the last March the 23rd, to his girlfriend Patty Smith (Tatum O´Neals´ successor). The ceremony was in Haway.
Love for some, pain for others. The same magazine declares that Martina Navratilova is no longer with the german young model Hunter Reno. They lived together for one year.
You can find anything on the sofisticated stores of Roland Garros. The best-sellers are, naturally, the sports clothes. A beautiful jogging, with the tournament´s logomark, can be bought for 380 francs (around US$ 76). A T-shirt costs US$ 30 and a polo shirt, US$ 50. A cap, one of the lowest prices, is at US$ 24.
The tickets to Center Court were worth, yesterday - second day of competition - 500 francs (almost US$ 100), with an adjustment up of about 100 francs from the original price. For the final, a ticket can go up to US$ 2000 in the black market.