Short interview in Ole today. Anna posted the photo in the photos thread.
TENNIS: JOSÉ ACASUSO, FACE TO FACE WITH OLE
“We are favourites”
Chucho analyzes the Davis Cup tie against Austria and speaks of the time he thought of quitting tennis.
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The guy doesn´t stop. Only 10 days from his match against Marat Safin in Moscow passed and since the moment he arrived to the country, José Acasuso played two exhibitions last week (Vilas Cup and Indoor Masters of Córdoba) and yesterday he was in Pilar Golf Club in the Ole 10º Anniversary Meeting, where a group of amateur tennis players asked him about his professional life. After that he chatted with this newspaper. “Today I enjoy my holidays”, José said.
-But you didn´t stop…
-Well, but now I´ll spend some days resting and then I´ll travel to start the tour activity. This year I decided to start directly in the Australian Open. (starts 15th February)
-More than a week after the Davis Cup final passed… Which are the sensations left?
-I think that if the tie would have been played on clay, we would have won the Cup, but it was not that way. The team is convinced that will go for "revenge" (it´s not so strong in Spanish) in a short time. What we didn´t understand is that the press said that there was an argument between Nalbandian and Mancini, but nothing happened. It bothered us because this group, if it´s characterized by something, is the union that showed. Really, it was only an ideas exchange.
-The road of “revenge” (again, it is not this strong when it is said in Spanish) starts in Austria. How do you see the tie?
-We make a great team and Austria has got their figures, such as Jurgen Melzer in the singles. He is in a good doubles with someone like Julian Knowles. Despite not being locals and that it will be on carpet, I trust that we are favourites for this tie.
-How do you feel nowadays in the tour?
-I´m 24 years old and I already have 8 as a professional, so, I feel like a veteran. I still remember when I came to live to Buenos Aires, what meant a change coming from Misiones, and the bad moments when the idea of quitting tennis crossed my mind.
-Yes. During 2002 and 2003 I thought I would never play again due to the injuries I suffered, I could not recover from them. I was afraid I would never be healthy again because every time I entered a court I played a tournament and got injured for two months (adductor muscle, knee, etcetera). It was a difficult moment. But today I´m happy I haven´t quited tennis.
-A unique 2006 comes to an end for you. What are your goals for 07?
-The idea is to be in the top 15 (today he´s 27º). With my work group we are doing everything possible to make it. It´s essential having a good performance in all surfaces. Tennis is getting more and more professional, good players are “emerging”. The one I like the most is Novak Djokovic, a 19 years old Serbian that is in the top 20 (16º). Most of them have a good level and in the little details the difference is made.
The next one, with Cañas
José will take some free days, he´ll skip the Copa Argentina and on Sunday he´ll play another exhibiton, in Parque Roca, during the “Interclubes” final, called “Liga de Primera” (Prime League). There, he´ll face Guillermo Cañas. The League final will count with Juan Chela, Juan Monaco, Martín Vassallo, Mariano Zabaleta, Luis Lobo and Javier Frana.
It will be carpet in Austria
Austria chose indoor carpet (there will be low temperatures) for the first round tie, that will be played between the 9th and 11th February. The place will be the Intersport Arena of Linz, a city with 180,000 inhabitants in the North of the country. Meanwhile, Chile will recieve Russia, the current champion, in La Serena´s clay.