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Fergie
01-03-2005, 11:00 AM
Massu was elected the best sportsman of the year (by all the chilean sportsmen)

A hundred of national sportsmen, of all the disciplines, chose almost for unanimity Nicolás Massú as the best of 2004 in the survey realized by La Tercera. The success of the viñamarino dragged to the exploit of the Olympic medals of Athens as the sports achievement of the year and to the tennis as the most out-standing discipline. Of 100 voters, only two stopped mentioning the Olympic champion as the best of the year.
The majority emphasized that the achievement of the tennis player was " historical and heroic ". Nicolás Massú, while, he said that is " emotive and nice that my sports partners recognize me fondly. If in Athens I fought very much, it was because I saw the 20 ó 30 friends who were encouraging me and were helping me to go out of the weariness ".

Congrats Nico :bigclap:

Daniel
01-03-2005, 11:26 AM
Congrats Massu :)

nice he has his forum now :D :yeah:

Kathy
01-03-2005, 05:39 PM
I hope Massu is feeling well and is able to play soon because any tournament he is in is a better tournament. No one, including the only one who would, can walk on the court facing Massu and not know that it could be their final match of that tournament. He is one of the best and I am surprised he has not been in the top ten the last few years. Anyway, I just hope he is able to get back in and do his best.

Oh, the only one who would think "Massu? No problem." is Federer and he would be wrong.

Fergie
01-03-2005, 10:26 PM
Oh, the only one who would think "Massu? No problem." is Federer and he would be wrong.
Massu won the last match that they played ... Nico and Rogi have played 2 matchs (1-1) and both matchs in 3 sets

Nico today did some exams because while he was training felt pain in his right leg, but he is ok an a new injury was discarded ;)

taysbest
01-05-2005, 10:15 PM
Congrats Massu :)

nice he has his forum now :D :yeah:

Yeah! I'm excited for him too. And all of his fans as well! :wavey:

Fergie
01-05-2005, 10:33 PM
Yeah! I'm excited for him too. And all of his fans as well! :wavey:
Welcome to Nico forum :hug:

Fergie
01-06-2005, 10:25 AM
Nicolas Massu : Baume & Mercier ambassador in Latin America

Chilean tennis player, Nicolas Massu has decided to represent the Swiss watchmaking brand, Baume & Mercier and be its ambassador in the Latin American zone. At 24 years of age, he is currently ranked number 9 player in the ATP tour, and particularly distinguished himself at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where he won gold medals in the singles and doubles sports events. Perseverance, sacrifice, innovation and perfection are his guiding values. The Baume & Mercier watchmaking house is very proud to be associated with this top-level sportsman.

Congrats Nico, he looks great in the promo pics :angel:

taysbest
01-06-2005, 11:45 AM
Welcome to Nico forum :hug:

Thanks! I'm glad to be here!

Fergie
01-07-2005, 06:04 PM
" Massú will not play in Acapulco "

During the last days the environment in the tennis did not have tranquility due to the words about Horace de la Peña's nationality, nevertheless today there arose a good news that there gave it to know the trainer Patricio Rodríguez.

The coach confirmed that Nicolás Massú will not play the Acapulco tournament and will benefit the preparation of the Davis Cup team with a view to the commitment that he will support before his similar one of Russia.

Rodríguez in addition indicated that the "El Vampiro" had registered in the Mexican tournament "for any contingency ", since the priority continues being the serie for the first round of the World Group of the Davis Cup

Nice choice Nico :yeah:

*Ljubica*
01-08-2005, 11:10 AM
Nico will start his 2005 campaign next week in the Kooyong Classic Exhibition tournament which starts on Wednesday January 12th in Melbourne. Here is a link to the tournament web-site:-

http://www.kooyongltc.asn.au/

Fergie
01-08-2005, 11:42 AM
Thanks Rosie for the info ;) ... A lot of great players there, good luck Nico :yeah:

Estefania_coriafan
01-08-2005, 06:48 PM
Nico's own forum!!! I'm so exciting!!!!:aparty:
This is a picture from Baume & Mercier
http://www.lun.com/imagenes/2005/01/05/4ldp5114.jpg

taysbest
01-09-2005, 02:26 PM
Thanks for the link Rosie- looks like it's going to be a great tournament- loads of good players.....
And thanks for the pic Estefania....Nico cleans up well!

SuperRevelation
01-09-2005, 06:11 PM
Thanks for the articles :). Good luck Massu in Kooyong!

+alonso
01-10-2005, 01:59 PM
jajajaj Muy buen foro
Vamos Nico !!!

Fergie
01-15-2005, 02:15 PM
Reject Massú's injury

"Nicolás suffered an inconvenience in the right ankle, but after a few examinations an injury discarded ", said his father, Manuel Massú.

Good news, seems like he is ready for Australia ;)

*Ljubica*
01-15-2005, 03:37 PM
Reject Massú's injury

"Nicolás suffered an inconvenience in the right ankle, but after a few examinations an injury discarded ", said his father, Manuel Massú.

Good news, seems like he is ready for Australia ;)

That's great news - thanks for sharing Fergie :)

NicoFan
01-15-2005, 05:50 PM
I have to admit that I do not trust Nico's father on anything he says about injuries after the hernia fiasco. Nico should have had that surgery the day he returned from Paris - they wasted precious offseason time when he could have been recuperating and wasn't training anyway - look how far it has put him behind. And Nico's father insisted over and over again that rest would take care of it, and that it was small - hmmmm....rest did not take care of it, and it was not small.

At least papa Massu was slightly better than Pato who denied that Nico even had a hernia.

And I don't think Nico should be playing in Australia - he shouldn't have gone to begin with - none of the other top players would have taken that chance - 5 weeks after surgery and only 2 weeks of training - on getting reinjured.

He should go home to Chile, rest his ankle since its probably the tendinitus (which only goes away with rest), and then start training after a week on clay which is a much easier surface than hardcourt. Then he'll be ready for the Latin American swing tournaments where he has good chances to win and get points.

But that's my humble opinion... :-)

Fergie
01-15-2005, 06:30 PM
Question for anyone in Chile:

There was an article in lacuarta this morning that seems to put Nico in the middle again regarding De La Pena's nationalization and a presumed falling out with Fernando. Does anyone have any info? Personally this is bad timing for this nonsense. Nico needs to fell comfortable and concentrated on his playing and not this other stuff. Thanks anyone. :)
I read it now ... And yes, Nicolas is angry with Horacio " because he put it in opposition to the country ", also said that Nicolas and Fernado aren't friends and probably not will play the doubles match for the Davis Cup :eek: ... This is a very sad news for the team :sad:

NicoFan
01-15-2005, 07:06 PM
I really don't think a lot of it is true- I watched Nico and Fernando a lot together, and if they aren't good friends, then they are both very good actors. They seem very comfortable with each other. And they do things together off court.

As for Nico being angry with Horacio, they've never gotten along. And Nico said he didn't think that Horacio should get nationalization. But I think that he realizes that Davis Cup is most important now - I don't think he would do anything that would mess up Chile's chances to win.

When he gets back from Australia, he should probably make a statement himself. Instead of others talking for him.

Fergie
01-15-2005, 10:20 PM
Acording to what I read Nicolas and Fernando aren't friends now for this problem of Horacio's nationalization ... I will wait to see if they will play together in Australia ;)

NicoFan
01-15-2005, 11:12 PM
If that is true, then this entire thing is very sad.

However, Fernando said about a week ago that people were saying there was a problem with himself and Nico, and that was untrue.

And Adrian also said that they are very good friends.

I'm not sure they would play doubles anyway in Australia. Last year they only played doubles because they both lost in the first round. I think its going to take a bit longer to tell if it really has affected their relationship.

Again if it is true, then its a complete shame. I will be very disappointed with everyone involved if an egotistical male power struggle cost these two - who have been close friends for years - their friendship.

Kathy
01-16-2005, 01:27 AM
Whew, this is all very sad. NicoFan, you tell it like it is. I cannot imagine what it would really be like if Fernado and Nicolas are not friends. It would be disappointing on so many levels, the most being the personal loss to them both. And can they put it aside to play DC together? The Gold Medal Doubles team no longer exists? Oh, I hope this doesn't get me in trouble but I so agree that I only want to hear from Massu about his injuries and even then, do we really know. On some level, it could even be said it isn't my business. I just think a male athelte can have a hard time coming to grips with their injuries. Again, he doesn't owe me an explanation but I am getting to be lery of these people around him, even his dad. Do they see a man or an easy way to make their money if they keep him out there? But then he too has to stick up for himself and say he's not playing until he is 100%. And thanks again to all of you who help make my interest in Massu easier.

Fergie
01-16-2005, 11:55 AM
Massú doubts his level for inconvenience in the ankle

Nicolás Massú could not start from worse way this year. Because though hethought that the injury to the straight ankle was not of gravity, yesterday the chilean realized that the inconvenience can spend the account to him(her).

Never he felt well in the practices before the Spanish Félix Mantilla and demonstrated in his face the pain that was provoking him to run towards the difficult balls.

"I have had bad luck. The problem is to play this way five sets from a beginning", said the "El Vampiro" with natural worry, who suffered this injury playing with the Argentinian David Nalbandian in the Kooyong Classic Tournament, an exhibition that was disputed in Melbourne.

But not everything is a bad fortune, so, as Fernando Gonzalez, it was not programmed in the opened one of Australia to make début tomorrow. Patricio Rodríguez, besides, discarded flatly that his ward has the intention of retiring from the contest.

This don't look good for Nico :rolleyes:

*Ljubica*
01-16-2005, 01:43 PM
Oh dear - that sounds bad :sad: . In my opinion, if Nico isn't fully fit then he really should withdraw right now instead of risking making this injury any worse. Of course I don't want him to pull out, but I spent most of last year watching David make failed come-backs from injury before his body was fully recovered, and the result of this was him missing over half the season, including four Masters' Series events, Wimbledon and the Olympics :sad: It was an awful year and I wouldn't wish that on Nico - we are still very early in the season and if he withdrew now he could get himself fully fit for Davis Cup and the clay court season. Just my opinion anyway.

Fergie
01-16-2005, 01:53 PM
I agree with your Rosie, Nico doesn't defend points in Australia and if he isn't physically well, it's better that Nico doesn't play and is prepared for the clay season here ... If Nico doesn't play in Viña del Mar for being injured it would be a great disappointment for all of us :sad:

*Ljubica*
01-16-2005, 02:22 PM
I agree with your Rosie, Nico doesn't defend points in Australia and if he isn't physically well, it's better that Nico doesn't play and is prepared for the clay season here ... If Nico doesn't play in Viña del Mar for being injured it would be a great disappointment for all of us :sad:

Yes - I can imagine it would be but I'm sure he'll be fit and well by then. I have two friends travelling from Europe for the Chile tournament and they will want to see Nico too. Do you live in Vina del Mar?

NicoFan
01-16-2005, 03:28 PM
He is taking a huge chance on being injured again.

I don't understand Pato either - same guy that insisted Nico did not have a hernia.

Just have to wonder about the "experts" who are advising Nico..as I said, if it were up to me...lol!...I would never have let him go to Australia to begin with, and two, he'd be on a plane back to Chile right now to rest his foot, and then prepare for the Latin America swing.

*Ljubica*
01-16-2005, 04:10 PM
Must say it's strange - I've been travelling on the tennis circuit a long time now and I've always had the greatest respect for Pato under normal circumstances, - but what he says does seem odd. Seems like there does seem to be something going on "more than meets the eye" as we say here in England

*Ljubica*
01-16-2005, 06:13 PM
Rosie- sounds like you are a longtime tennis fan, but are you involved in tennis professionally as well? I also had heard that Pato was a great coach, but I am surprised at his comments when it comes to his pupil. And from what I have read, Massu seems to respect Pato's judgement. I am just hoping for the best.
Unfortunately the start to Nico's last few years have been tough. On him and his fans :-)

I'm not involved professionally myself cobalt60, - but I worked in the media in Britain for a good few years, and still have friends involved in sports journalism, photography etc in Europe which is how I manage to get to so many tournaments :) Pato seems like a nice guy - and - as you say - Nico seems to like him a lot and respect his judgement which is the most important thing in a player/coach relationship. They have to spend so much time together "on the road" that if they didn't like and respect each other it just wouldn't work and would be disastrous for all concerned. I wish Nico all the best for a complete and speedy recovery.

taysbest
01-16-2005, 07:48 PM
I hope everything works out to a positive ending. I hope all is well with the ankle and all.

Fergie
01-16-2005, 10:59 PM
Yes - I can imagine it would be but I'm sure he'll be fit and well by then. I have two friends travelling from Europe for the Chile tournament and they will want to see Nico too. Do you live in Vina del Mar?
Yes, I live in Viña and I will go every day to the tournament :)

I find other interview:

Massú: " I cannot be happy to win a couple of matchs"

MELBOURNE. - "My forehand, where is my forehand!", there was screaming angered the chilean Nicolás Massú while he was training with a view to his debut on Tuesday in the Australian Open against the frenchman Antony Dupuis.

The demanding Massú was not satisfied for how himthe things were going. Worried? " Not, I am like that ", he said in conversation with the agency DPA. Newly gone out of an surgery of inguinal hernia one month ago and a half, the Chilean does not put excuses, feels strong and he will look for the maximum in the first Grand Slam of the year.

"I am training well and the goals of the tournament is to win it. I have a ranking (18), and because of it I cannot be happy to win a couple of partiesmatchs here and already it is ", he,she affirmed. For the year, only he wants to improve what has, without putting on concrete goals: "I want to win more titles, to being possible of Grand Slam or Masters Series".

The injury might make him take the things with calmer to the beginning of season, but Massú, which he exploited in 2004 with the golden medal achieved in the Olympic Games of Athens, does not give himself truce. " I am with confidence, assurance, with desire and training well, the operation is forgotten ", he affirms trying to cover his displeasure of the training.

But the injury has reduced trainings preparations and he prevented him from taking part still in the tournaments disputed in the first two weeks of the year. "It is obvious that they lower the possibilities ", ends for recognizing, though he stresses: " I come to win and to play what I have ".

Massú disputed rarely the Australian Open. The injuries separated him in several occasions and when he played in Melbourne, he never reached the final phases. But the surface her favors: " In cement I had my better results. I was a finalist in Madrid in 2003 and won the gold in Athens, though always I liked more the clay. I develop myself well in both surfaces ".

NicoFan
01-16-2005, 11:59 PM
There was an addition to that article that I was very happy to see - he spoke with Fernando so obviously that lawyer in that other article doesn't know what he is talking about - los chicos are fine...thank goodness!

From emol.com:

The year that begins has a special challenge for Massú: the Davis Cup. In March they will travel to Russia with the dream to arrive far away and that the Chilean team, commanded by the own one Massú and by Fernando González, reach what never before was achieved: to win the contest. The three medals achieved in the Olympic Games and the good results of the two players in the circuit they invite to the hope.

"It will be difficult to play in Russia, but they also respect us and one must go to win", affirms the Olympic champion, that confessed to have spoken with its friend González, happy after conquering the tournament of Auckland.
More than two hours of training and the view put Tuesday in its debut. By then it expects "to find" its right and to give the first step for a successful action in the Australian Open.

*Ljubica*
01-17-2005, 05:20 AM
There was an addition to that article that I was very happy to see - he spoke with Fernando so obviously that lawyer in that other article doesn't know what he is talking about - los chicos are fine...thank goodness!

From emol.com:

The year that begins has a special challenge for Massú: the Davis Cup. In March they will travel to Russia with the dream to arrive far away and that the Chilean team, commanded by the own one Massú and by Fernando González, reach what never before was achieved: to win the contest. The three medals achieved in the Olympic Games and the good results of the two players in the circuit they invite to the hope.

"It will be difficult to play in Russia, but they also respect us and one must go to win", affirms the Olympic champion, that confessed to have spoken with its friend González, happy after conquering the tournament of Auckland.
More than two hours of training and the view put Tuesday in its debut. By then it expects "to find" its right and to give the first step for a successful action in the Australian Open.

That's good news :)

Kathy
01-17-2005, 03:54 PM
Yes, that is great news.

Fergie
01-18-2005, 06:25 PM
Physical inconveniences complicate Massú after his victory in Australia

"Afflicted, but happy". This way assures Nicolás Massú feels, after hisvictory in the first round of the Australian Open, before the Frenchman Anthony Dupuis, for 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 and 6-2. According to the chilean, hissmall competition affected him in the physicist, situation that also complicated him during his début in the contest.

"Newly I started training the day of Christmas, for an operation of inguinal hernia. Until two days ago he did not know if was going to play and though I am not to the hundred per cent, I decided to come and it made me happy ", he confessed after the meeting.

On the pain that he felt in the middle of the match, Massú reported that "I began evil, the forehand was not moving along, but I ended much better. I am lacking in competition and in training, so it did not know how it was going to react. It could have passed any thing".

In any case, the racket number two of Chile does not repent having ratified his presence in the oceanic contest, specially because this way he recaptures confidence in his game. "I have inconveniences in all the sides, but I am glad to have come to Australia, though I had lost". In the second round he will face the German Philip Kohlschreiber, about which he does not know very much, but he does not think beyond: "Only I want to recover well and not to have problems ".

After Melbourne, there will come Massú's favorite tournaments: "Viña del Mar is my home, then Buenos Aires, also because Argentina is my second homeand there I won my first title. Later, Brazil, the Davis Cup, Indian Wells and Miami. It is important for a tennis player that he likes the tournaments".

Fergie
01-20-2005, 11:50 AM
Massú: "Hurts me"

MELBOURNE. - The Chilean Nicolás Massú said goodbye today of the Australian Open, on having left for injury the match of the second round that was facing the German Philipp Kohlschreiber, and affirmed to be "worried".

Massú, eighteenth favorite, retired he was losing clearly, for 6-0 and 2-0. The Chilean felt a crackle in his left foot to the beginning of the match, with 1-0 and 30-15 for the German.

"From there already I couldn't tread, lasted to seeing if I me was passing, but I couldn't ", said the Chilean, grieved.

Massú was on the verge of not disputing the first Grand Slam of the year due to an operation of inguinal hernia to which he surrendered on November 30 and for the one that could neither play nor train even after Christmas.

"Since I started training I suffer an inconvenience in the side of the foot. They said to me that it was an inflammation and that with treatment itwould pass, but the inconvenience today turned into pain ", made clear Massú, which was graphical in his speech: " If before one couldn't stand 4 in a scale from 0 to 10, now I feel 9".

These inconveniences made him retire in Kooyong's exhibition last week, and also he felt them in the first round in Melbourne when he conquered the Frenchman Anthony Dupuis. "Even I surprised that I could play the first match", he revealed, and added: "I was bothering, but I could play, and today in the training I felt also well".

"There is no reason, probably tread badly from the operation. I am going to see what they say to me, but I cannot be still like that. I am worried ", heconfessed.

After almost three months stopped and of starting training he does less than one month to one 40 per cent, Massú will have to continue waiting. "I have patience, but sometimes the pain passes to the head"

Massú confirmed that is in doubt his participation in Viña del Mar, in his house, in Chile. :eek: :sad:

taysbest
01-21-2005, 11:44 AM
Get better soon Nico!!!

Fergie
01-21-2005, 11:58 AM
Oh Fergie I hope he gets better soon for himself and for Vina!
I hope the same ... But If Nico isn't in his 100% I prefer that he don't play and recover good for the rest of the year :)

*Ljubica*
01-21-2005, 02:07 PM
I hope the same ... But If Nico isn't in his 100% I prefer that he don't play and recover good for the rest of the year :)

Fergie :hug: I have everything crossed for you that you will see him in Vina.

NicoFan
01-21-2005, 10:56 PM
Me too Fergie - hope you get to see him.

But agree also that its more important that he's at 100% before he starts playing again. When he said that he was frightened, that was scary for me at least. He also said he needs to rest, and definitely agree that he needs to rest and slowly get his body back into shape.

Fergie
01-21-2005, 11:40 PM
Thanks Rosie and NicoFan :hug:

I have my tickets for the whole week in the tournament, I hope to use them ;)

taysbest
01-22-2005, 01:45 PM
That's a shame!!!

*Ljubica*
01-22-2005, 03:00 PM
An article from Lun.cl reports that Nico has a stress fracture in the left foot along with tendonitis. He will be out for at least a month and there is doubt that he will play Davis Cup. :sad:

Poor Nicolas! Let's hope for a quick and perfect recovery. Get well vibes everyone!

Oh that's bad - I'm really, really sad about this - get well soon Nico :hug:

Fergie
01-22-2005, 11:27 PM
Nico is out of Viña, Bs. As and his participation in the Davis Cup is in doubt

This news couldn't be worse :sad: :sad: :sad:

*Ljubica*
01-23-2005, 12:26 PM
Nico is out of Viña, Bs. As and his participation in the Davis Cup is in doubt

This news couldn't be worse :sad: :sad: :sad:

I am so sorry Fergie :hug: This is such bad news for Nico and for you. I remember how bad I felt when David had so many injuries last year (especially when he pulled out if Wmbledon and Paris which are my two closest tournaments :sad: ) Please try and cheer up - and GET WELL SOON NICO.

taysbest
01-24-2005, 12:05 PM
Very sad news! I'm so sorry to hear about this. I hope Nico gets well really soon!

NicoFan
01-26-2005, 02:15 PM
Update on Nico's injury.

They are going to x-ray his foot again this Friday to see how the bone is healing. They will be able to tell then whether or not he can play in the Davis Cup or not.

Let's hope for good news. But the most important in all of this is not to rush him back - he needs to completely recover. Based on all the articles, Horacio de la Pena, Fernando's coach seems to understand this, but hope that Nico's own coach and other advisers understand it also.

Don't want another mistake like the hernia fiasco and then going to the Oz Open when he wasn't completely in shape and his foot was bothering him before he went.

Fergie
01-26-2005, 02:39 PM
I really want that Nico take his time and recover good ... I don't want to see him injury all the year :sad:

NicoFan
01-26-2005, 02:50 PM
Definitely agree. So far none of the injuries have been career threatening. But I'm afraid if he comes back too early, he might get injuried again and not be so lucky.

But one good news from the newspapers is that Horacio is going to help him. He's going to Vina today with a fitness trainer, and he says they are going to help Nico. I was so relieved to read that.

Just hope that Pato doesn't interfere. I still blame him for all this - he was the one that allowed Nico to play in Australia when he should have adviced him to stay home.

In my humble opinion...lol!...Pato appeared to be too busy worrying about discrediting Horacio so he couldn't get citizenship rather than worrying about Nico's injuries.

Fergie
01-26-2005, 07:00 PM
In my humble opinion...lol!...Pato appeared to be too busy worrying about discrediting Horacio so he couldn't get citizenship rather than worrying about Nico's injuries.
I agree :mad: ... Horacio will be this days with Nico in Viña (until Friday to take a final decision about Davis Cup), I will go tomorrow to take pics ;)

NicoFan
01-26-2005, 07:31 PM
You are a wonderful person Fergie!!!! Can't wait to see the pictures. Although I'm not sure if I want to see Nico with that boot on his foot. :-( Poor Nico - I wish this wasn't happening to him.

And I wish you could tell Nico not to play until he's 100% healed! :-) And get a new coach...lol!!!!! (I wish Horacio was Nico's coach...)

taysbest
01-27-2005, 11:59 AM
Have fun Fergie! You are Fantastic!!
I also hope Nico takes the full time to recover. It's never good to rush back....

*Ljubica*
01-27-2005, 05:27 PM
Thanks for all the up-dates NicoFan and Fergie.

NicoFan
01-27-2005, 06:21 PM
Rosie - you must be proud of how well David did at the Oz Open - he played well against Lleyton - like he said the 5th set was like a lottery - just luck would win it, and unfortunately, the luck went Lleyton's way.

I think Safin can win the entire thing - what an awesome win against Fed today.

*Ljubica*
01-28-2005, 07:49 AM
Rosie - you must be proud of how well David did at the Oz Open - he played well against Lleyton - like he said the 5th set was like a lottery - just luck would win it, and unfortunately, the luck went Lleyton's way.

I think Safin can win the entire thing - what an awesome win against Fed today.

Thanks NicoFan - yes I am proud but still a bit sad too :sad: And I am definately supporting Marat to win the whole thing too now.

Fergie
01-28-2005, 11:24 AM
I'm still sad with Roger's lost yesterday :sad:

But today I will go to the tournament and I will try to have some news about Nico ;)

Fergie
01-28-2005, 06:15 PM
We have a beautiful days here, I love the summer :D

I was in the tournament today but I didn't see Nico and his team ... I will go again later, I expect to have better luck ;)

taysbest
01-30-2005, 12:38 PM
Have fun Fergie!! I hope you see them and Gaston too!

NicoFan
01-30-2005, 03:04 PM
There was an article today in latercera.cl - doesn't sound like Nico is going to be at the tournament until Tuesday when he'll sign autographs. I guess he'll watch a couple of matches also. Sounds as if he wants to just rest right now.

Monday he's going to go to the doctor to see how the stress fracture is healing.

Doesn't sound like he's planning on playing in the Davis Cup - physically he wouldn't be ready for singles, and he's worried that if he plays doubles, he may get reinjured.

I think its for the best if he doesn't play - he would be taking a chance on getting reinjured. I would like to see him bag everything until the European clay court season - the clay will be easier on his foot, and it will give him the necessary time to recuperate and train properly this time.

Fergie
01-30-2005, 07:05 PM
Nico will be in the tournament just for his sponsor "Baume & Mercier" ... I heard that Nico just want to be in his home sleeping and watching tv :lol:

Fergie
01-30-2005, 07:28 PM
Yes, Mega is the channel that will show the tournament ... They want to Nico as commentator, but finally they didn't come to an agreement :sad:

NicoFan
01-30-2005, 11:51 PM
That's too bad they didn't come to an agreement - I think Nico would be a good commentator. Of course, I think that anything and everything Nico does he would of course be awesome at!!!! :-)

Good that he is resting, but at the same time, I don't like the sound that all he wants to do is sleep and watch TV. Sounds as if he is very discouraged. :-(

Fergie
01-31-2005, 01:22 AM
Pato Rodriguez said today that Nico is better of his foot and he think that will play for Davis Cup :rolleyes:

*Ljubica*
01-31-2005, 08:25 AM
Pato Rodriguez said today that Nico is better of his foot and he think that will play for Davis Cup :rolleyes:


But do we believe him :rolleyes:

NicoFan
01-31-2005, 01:03 PM
I don't believe him. I don't trust or like that man at all. He's the one that told Nico is was all set to play Australia - hmmmm....NOT!

Hopefully the doctor today will be able to counteract Pato's advice, and Nico will listen to his doctor over Pato (who I guess thinks he's a doctor).

taysbest
01-31-2005, 10:42 PM
I don't believe him. I don't trust or like that man at all. He's the one that told Nico is was all set to play Australia - hmmmm....NOT!

Hopefully the doctor today will be able to counteract Pato's advice, and Nico will listen to his doctor over Pato (who I guess thinks he's a doctor).

I hope he gets a second, and third opinion. It's a shame the TV thing didn't work out.

Fergie
01-31-2005, 11:02 PM
Nicolas will be other week without training because his injury evolves well but still he hasn't recovered in 100 %

Fergie
02-01-2005, 11:53 PM
The next week (on Thursday) Nico will define if he will play Davis Cup when the last exams will be done to evaluate the condition of his ankle... I saw Nico today and one saw discouraged enough for not being able to play the tournament in Viña

taysbest
02-02-2005, 11:58 AM
Fergie,
I was sad to see Martina lost her match.

Fergie
02-02-2005, 12:08 PM
Martina :crying2: ... Yeah was sad, but at least we saw her playing again ;)

*Ljubica*
02-05-2005, 01:16 PM
Hi guys :wavey: - just wanted to say I'll be away for two weeks supporting David in Marseille and Rotterdam, - so I won't be able to be here so often untilI I return home - but hope I come back to some good news on Nico :)

*Ljubica*
02-05-2005, 05:11 PM
Rosie have a great time! I assume this trip is for pleasure? I am heading to my first tournie in 20+ years for the Nasdaq 100 and so looking forward to it. And hoping that I get to see Nico play :-)

Yes - definately pleasure :) It will be my first tourney since Basel last year so a chance to catch up with old friends as well as watch some tennis. My real serious "touring" begins in April when I do the European clay court season almost in it's entirety - followed by Wimbledon of course!! Wow - 20+ years without a tounament - that's a long time! I hope you have a wonderful time at the Nasdaq but I'm bound to talk to you here before then.

Fergie
02-05-2005, 10:54 PM
Rosie have a great time! ... I hope that you can see David holding the trophy in Marseille :D (Not Rotterdam because I want that Rogi win there ;) )

Kathy
02-06-2005, 01:43 PM
Rosie, have a great time and blow a kiss to all of Marseille for me! Too bad Grosjean has to miss his hometown tournament again. And all the best to David, it is nice to see him playing strong again. We too hope you come back to good news about Massu.

Sue
02-08-2005, 08:58 AM
Hi Rosie- fancy seeing you here!
Have a wonderful time on your travels- looking forward to hearing your reports......see you in a few months!

*Ljubica*
02-08-2005, 10:46 AM
Hi Rosie- fancy seeing you here!
Have a wonderful time on your travels- looking forward to hearing your reports......see you in a few months!

Hi Sue :hug: how's Rocky? Anyway - just popping in to say hello from my Hotel in Marseille - having a wonderful, fantastic time here in France. Not so much tennis but loads of partying and catching up with old friends - don't worry Sue - it'll soon be Monte Carelo and you'll be in that Bar with me!!!

Love to everyone here and thanls for your good wishes - hope Nico's recovery is going well:

Bye for now :wavey:

taysbest
02-08-2005, 12:36 PM
Hi Rosie!!

Behave yourself! :wavey:

*Ljubica*
02-08-2005, 04:42 PM
Hi Rosie!!

Behave yourself! :wavey:


Why :angel: Misbehaving is far more fun!!!!!!

Fergie
02-08-2005, 06:48 PM
Hi Rosie ... Nice to know that you're enjoying your days in France :D

Not news for Nico, but maybe soon we will know something about David Cup ;)

*Ljubica*
02-09-2005, 01:59 PM
Rosie- no angel wings this trip huh? :angel: Do you head to Kitzbul and Bastaad BTW? Heard that the former was a fun place to watch tennis. Now that I am back watching I am seriously thinking of Kitz in 2006!
Have a great time! :wavey:

No - I don't do Kitz and Bastaad as David doesn't tend to play there, but friends of mine go to Kitz every year and tell me the nightlife is legendary!!! I tend to do the main European clay court season (Monte Carlo, perhaps Barcelona, Rome, Hamburg, WTC and Roland Garros), followed by selected matches at Halle and Wimbledon, and then recover over the Summer before re-entering the Tour for Vienna, Madrid, Basel and Bercy etc. Today I have also been offered the opportunity to go to Shanghai for the Masters but that's too far away to think about yet. I'm sure you would enjoy Kitz though.

Fergie
02-10-2005, 02:15 AM
Nico out until Indian Wells :crying2:

taysbest
02-10-2005, 12:11 PM
No - I don't do Kitz and Bastaad as David doesn't tend to play there, but friends of mine go to Kitz every year and tell me the nightlife is legendary!!! I tend to do the main European clay court season (Monte Carlo, perhaps Barcelona, Rome, Hamburg, WTC and Roland Garros), followed by selected matches at Halle and Wimbledon, and then recover over the Summer before re-entering the Tour for Vienna, Madrid, Basel and Bercy etc. Today I have also been offered the opportunity to go to Shanghai for the Masters but that's too far away to think about yet. I'm sure you would enjoy Kitz though.
Yeah Rosie!! Shanghai sounds interesting!

as for Nico :sad: Indian Wells seems like so far away

*Ljubica*
02-10-2005, 12:46 PM
Yeah Rosie!! Shanghai sounds interesting!

as for Nico :sad: Indian Wells seems like so far away

It is really not so long. Be positive. David was out so much of last season I kind of got used to it :sad:

Fergie
02-10-2005, 12:58 PM
Well, I'm sad because Nico will not play the David Cup, but at least i'm happy because he took the correct decision ... His health is the most important thing ;)

Get well soon Nico :hug:

NicoFan
02-10-2005, 02:13 PM
Definitely Fergie. It was the right decision. But I do feel so bad for him - he must be so upset.

And one of the articles today said most likely his first tournament will be Miami - not IW.

Peoples
02-12-2005, 01:24 PM
No - I don't do Kitz and Bastaad as David doesn't tend to play there, but friends of mine go to Kitz every year and tell me the nightlife is legendary!!! I tend to do the main European clay court season (Monte Carlo, perhaps Barcelona, Rome, Hamburg, WTC and Roland Garros), followed by selected matches at Halle and Wimbledon, and then recover over the Summer before re-entering the Tour for Vienna, Madrid, Basel and Bercy etc. Today I have also been offered the opportunity to go to Shanghai for the Masters but that's too far away to think about yet. I'm sure you would enjoy Kitz though.
Is it connected to your job somehow that you can travel to see tennis so much? It seems great :)

Fergie
02-15-2005, 10:51 AM
Hi all!

I read today that Nico is better and he is ready for begin to train again ... His goal is be ready for Indian Wells but Rodriguez thinks is better comeback in Miami ;)

taysbest
02-15-2005, 11:36 AM
Hey! that's good news! Thanks for that Fergie, I'm glad to hear that.

Fergie
02-17-2005, 11:33 AM
Nico is training with Hermes Gamonal since yesterday here in Viña ... He felt some inconveniences in his foot, but not pain ;)

*Ljubica*
02-18-2005, 05:45 PM
I wondered that too but then thought that Rosie's other life is that of a tennis groupie! ;) And that her work supports her hobbie/fix :) Lucky Rosie :cool:

No comment on the "groupie" thing ;) - as we are all friends here I shall just choose to ignore it!!!! It's true that I used to work in the media in Britain and still have contacts there - so tickets, accreditation etc is never a problem at European tournaments. Other than that - I'm just lucky that nowhere in Europe is that far to travel from London (most places accessible in a couple of hours), and my current job is flexible with hours, so I can work 24/7 for a few months, and then take a couple of months off if I want to! Sorry it's nothing more exciting.

Anyway - nice to know Nico is improving. I enjoyed my Marseille/Rotterdam trip even though David's results were not so good :sad: It was still nice to see him again though. Now I am back home, but unfortunately with a bad case of fever and flu :sad: - so need to rest for a few days.

Talk to you all later.

NicoFan
03-06-2005, 05:51 PM
Fergie - hope you are lurking about today. Need your translation skills :) When Horacio says that he's "putting his position" to the Chilean Tennis Federation, did he resign??? Or is he giving them the decision? I guess it doesn't matter becasue either way he's gone :sad: And what are people there thinking about Nico right now? Fazio had some strong comments today about his role in all this. And kind of implied that Nico could have played against Russia but didn't because he didn't want to be coached by Horacio (which I don't think is true - the doctor told Nico he couldn't play - and Nico would never not play for Chile if he could play even though he dislikes Horacio).

Fergie
03-07-2005, 11:18 AM
Yeah, Horacio resign as captain and now all the people thinks that Nico might have played but he didn't want :rolleyes:

And now the bad news are: Nico is injury again, I can't believe all this sh*t!!! :fiery: ... Now injure a tendon of the left ankle and will be 10 day without playing, of course now Nico won't play in Indian Wells :help:

NicoFan
03-07-2005, 01:59 PM
Thanks Fergie.

And that was what I was afraid of - I knew that this entire thing with the "family of tennis" would backfire on Nico.

Nico would never ever not play for Chile when he could. And the doctor was the one that said he couldn't play - and the doctor was the Davis Cup doctor so of course he wouldn't lie for Nico.

And poor Nico with another injury - this just really s*cks.

I doubt he'll be ready for Miami even if he can't train for 10 days.

I feel so devastated for him.

I said at the beginning that he shouldn't try to go to IW or Miami. The hardcourts would be too much for his foot - that he should wait until the clay court season to begin in Europe where the clay would be much easier on his foot.

Fergie
03-08-2005, 11:03 PM
Nico will be 5 or 6 weeks out and will play again in Casablanca ... I can't believe it, seems like Nico needs an exorcism or something to remove the bad luck :rolleyes:

*Ljubica*
03-09-2005, 02:19 PM
Nico will be 5 or 6 weeks out and will play again in Casablanca ... I can't believe it, seems like Nico needs an exorcism or something to remove the bad luck :rolleyes:

Oh - sh*t - this is really bad. It's so much like what happened with David last year when he ended up missing about half the season :sad: Please, PLEASE Nico - be careful, take your time, take it easy - don't push your body to come back too quickly.

Sue
03-10-2005, 09:36 PM
Been lurking in this thread for a while and thought it was time I posted.
Sorry to hear about Nico's injury keeping him out, I was looking forward to seeing him play in Monte Carlo. ......but in the meantime thought some(old, but good) pics might cheer you up....

Daniel
03-12-2005, 04:33 AM
Thansk Sue for the pics :D

+alonso
03-22-2005, 01:21 AM
Hi all
How are you ?
Well i have to support nico so .. Let's gooooooooo
VAMOS NICO
^^

Fergie
03-22-2005, 12:45 PM
Welcome Alonso, great avatar :yeah:

In the news, Nico confirmed that will play in Düsseldorf with Gonzalez ;)

*Ljubica*
03-22-2005, 01:53 PM
Welcome Alonso, great avatar :yeah:

In the news, Nico confirmed that will play in Düsseldorf with Gonzalez ;)

See I'm a bit late for posting this news - but here is the link to the article (in Spanish) anyway. I will be there :)

http://www.tercera.cl/medio/articul...8818538,00.html

Fergie
03-22-2005, 08:42 PM
This year Düsseldorf will be more competitive, I hope that Nico and Feña can play his best tennis there ;)

+alonso
03-23-2005, 12:33 AM
Excelent.. chile will go for dusseldorf again?...... great news !!!
Oh thanks ! my avatar it's fine :p jejejeje

Daniel
03-23-2005, 04:26 AM
Vamos Nico :D

Fergie
03-30-2005, 12:44 PM
Nico will back to play in Montecarlo :D

NicoFan
03-30-2005, 06:28 PM
I'm so happy that he'll be back soon - he's been out way way way too long, and tennis isn't the same without him. :-( Just hope his team is being really careful with his foot and not pushing too hard.

NicoFan
03-31-2005, 02:57 PM
There was an article today with Pato that he thinks it will take Nico about 3 weeks back on the circuit to really get back into the swing of things - by Rome, he feels that Nico will be at 100%.

Fergie
03-31-2005, 04:41 PM
I don't trust in Pato, but maybe he is right this time ;)

NicoFan
03-31-2005, 05:45 PM
I don't trust him and I don't like him - but yes, let's hope this time he actually does things right.

*Ljubica*
04-02-2005, 05:04 PM
Nico will back to play in Montecarlo :D

I am glad that Nico is making a good recovery and should be back in Monte Carlo. I know I haven't been around much lately - had a lot of family stuff to deal with - but I've been reading the Boards as and when I can and keeping up with things. Providing nothing changes in my own personal situation over the next week, I should be in Monte Carlo and will definately give Nico a cheer from everyone here.

Fergie
04-03-2005, 11:05 PM
Enjoy your time in Monte Carlo Rosie :yeah: ... And take a lot of pics for us :D

Fergie
04-06-2005, 03:46 PM
Tomorrow Nico will decide if will play in Montecarlo or will wait a week more and will return in Houston :)

NicoFan
04-06-2005, 06:42 PM
I hope he does decide to wait even though I really really miss him. It makes more sense to get another week in training, and then fly from Chile to the US and then to Europe where he'll be until after Wimbledon. Seems kind of loco to fly from Chile to Europe to the US back to Europe.

NicoFan
04-06-2005, 07:43 PM
Just read that Nico will NOT play in Monte Carlo. I think that's a great decision.

He will play in Houston though the following week.

Fergie
04-07-2005, 12:44 AM
Finally a smart decision :D

+alonso
04-07-2005, 12:50 AM
Yeah !
Massu OUT Montecarlo , IN Houston I hope :rolleyes:
for more news
www.latercera.cl/medio/articulo/0,0,3308_5832_121570519,00.html

NicoFan
04-07-2005, 02:43 AM
Hola senor Alonso - how come Nico's name is second to Fena's in your signature...he should be first!...lol!!!...just teasing... :-) :-) And more importantly, you have Nico's picture under your name....that's nice...

And hey saw you over at Rafa's board...that kid is great!!! Got to love him :-) I think he can win the French...but don't want to put pressure on him. He's young...he's got a lot of time to win the big tournaments.

NicoFan
04-16-2005, 11:06 AM
Good interview with Nico on Radio Cooperativa yesterday. He sounds calm, and sounds like he has a good plan on returning...though somewhat tentative about returning.

From Radio Cooperativa:

Nicolas Massú (18º of the ATP) does not want that the anxiety by returning al circuit, after four inactive months by a seguidilla of injuries, to ruin him his plans. By this, the double Olympic champion is taken all with calm and will decide its participation in the tournament of Houston only after coaching this weekend in the United States.


The viñamarino commented that after analyzing at length with its medical and technical team the evolution of its tendonitis in the left ankle was resolved to travel to North America.


"It was not easy to decide because one has always the fear to be injured again, but I had a quite long meeting and we have analyzed it two or three times for week. I believe that the moment to be gone arrived, but I do not know if I can play or not", said Massú.


"My intention is to play and if I cannot act I will coach there, but I am ready or I lack a little", added.


Massú has clear that his return to the circuit, after his last match in the second round of the Australian Open, will not be an immediate process.


"I know that will be complicated because I note it in the training, my groundstrokes are not the same that when one is well and therefore would not miss me that the first two weeks the results accompany not me, but one always goes with faith", confessed.


"I know that after the third or fourth week I go to recently yield and to seek results, now I am going to reintegrate me in the circuit", added.


The double Olympic champion will travel in the night from this Friday to United States, to coach in Houston this Saturday 16 and Sunday 17. The tournament on courts of green clay will leave Monday 18.


Looking at Düsseldorf and the Cup Davis


Last March 13, Nicolas Massú cited to a press conference where declared openly its disagreement with which Horacio de la Pena have been in charge of the national team of Cup Davis, al same time that was a technician of Fernando González, something that qualified as "little ethical".


After the relief, the viñamarino indicated that the theme is absolutely surpassed and even indicated that has no problem in working with the Argentine coach during the World Cup in Düsseldorf, Germany.


"Does not it pass anything... we are going to work to Düsseldorf. Fernando goes with his coach, I go with mine (Patricio Rodriguez) and we are going to treat to win for third time. Thus of simple", it declared.


In another theme, Massú expects that al executive that will assume the Chile Tennis Confederacy, after the elections of the next one 4 of May, considered the opinion of the players on who should direct the national team of Cup Davis.


"It is all clearer, the person that arrive (as the president of the confederacy) can have his opinion, but he has to ask it to him the tennis players, who are the protagonists. Here it is not like the soccer... we are four and what is important is that we feel well. The same thing gives me the captain, but always I have my opinion", said. (Cooperative.cl)

Fergie
04-16-2005, 01:04 PM
Thanks for the interview :yeah:

NicoFan
04-18-2005, 12:54 PM
About Nico's return this evening:

From latercera.cl:

Nicolas Massú is conscious that its inactivity can pass him the account in its return al circuit. The same one says that its blows not yet are the of before and that the rapidity, one of its main virtues, not yet can be compared with that of its better moments. In spite of all, the viñamarino decided to return al circuit this week, in the ATP of Houston, after three far away months of the competences.

It will not be easy for the Chilean, considering that so much inactivity would be able it to affect notoriously. And it is for this that who they know it they advise him that be taken all with calm, putting emphasis in which high odds exist that in the first weeks the results accompany not it.

Against the anxiety

Gabriel Markus worked with Massú a year and a half, during the ones that almost did not suffer physical misfortunes. Nevertheless, the same DT recalls that when took al "Vampire", to ends of 2002, was with some objections that him did not they permit to leave well the 2003.

"Memory that cost him four tournaments to take up again the level, in which lost in the first round. And now it can pass him somewhat similar, because needs to play a lot to get confidence. What is important is that sits down well physically. Of all forms, I believe that the to have jumped Montecarlo and to leave in Houston, a tournament of less hierarchy, was a good measure", says "Gaby".

The Argentine says that the dangerous thing is that "'Nico' is anxious, that perhaps will seek to be felt well since a principle. Therefore, what is important is that be taken the things with a lot of calm, because with the time will recover the confidence that always is lost with so much time out of the circuit".

Leonardo Zuleta knows since small to Massú (was its first technician) and he has conversed follow with him during all this time. In fact the "Nano" he is in Houston together al viñamarino, therefore there they are playing two of its present pupilos (to see notes secondary).

"I see well Nicolas. Sicológicamente comes prepared to lose with any, something that can be given. I coincide with Markus in which can delay some three tournaments in getting confidence, what can result frustrante and therefore is basic that be strong mentally. Fundamental, also, it is that be forgot of the wound and comience to play tranquil, because to Nicolas those things affect him a lot", commented Zuleta.

It debuts in double

Massú arrived on Saturday to Houston and in the two days that carries of training the things have walked well. In fact the viñamarino decided to be recorded in the competence of double, in which will do double with Spanish Oscar Hernández. The player debuts today set against the couple comprising the Australian one Ashley Fisher and the south african one Chris Haggard. He will be a good test for the Chilean, who said that in land he would decide if he played or not the tournament. "He has felt himself well and up to now he plays", he said Claudio Ferrer, his physical coach. In singles, Massú will play in the first phase tomorrow before the French one Antony Dupuis (115°).

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
05-09-2005, 02:47 PM
I'm watching the match Massu/Roddick ((Hamburg) and journalists said that Nicolas Massu is dating the beautiful actress Salma Hayek :angel: ... both were together in New York.... and blah blah blah and the reporters have added that the tennis-players are only talking this love affair! seems it's the big deal on the tour. Is it true? :cool:

NicoFan
05-09-2005, 02:51 PM
Hope he is!!!

She's totally gorgeous. And smart.

Cross my fingers here that it is.

Whooo hoo if its true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
05-09-2005, 03:01 PM
Hope he is!!!

She's totally gorgeous. And smart.

Cross my fingers here that it is.

Whooo hoo if its true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


:wavey: NicoFan

I just found an article in the press

Salma Hayek busca al 'Vampiro' Massú (http://www.esmas.com/espectaculos/farandula/393680.html)

and there is a photo gallery Salma Hayek :cool:

NicoFan
05-09-2005, 03:16 PM
That's from awhile back.

Oh well was hoping it was true...

Probably not though.

He's been with other women in the meantime.

*Ljubica*
06-11-2005, 10:44 AM
This is an article from today's "La Tercera" which I translated, about Nico's cutrent coaching situation. Apologies for my poor translation - here is the link for those who would prefer to read it in the original form.

http://www.tercera.cl/medio/articulo/0,0,3308_5832_141295192,00.html

MASSU'S DILEMMA

It seems that only a formality separates Nicolas Massú from Gabriel Markus. The Argentine coach has already said that that he would like to be able to work with the man from Vina again, and yesterday Massú's father, Manuel, stated that it was "almost a fact" that the "German" would be the replacement for Patricio Rodriguez.

Speaking to Chilean Radio, Manuel said, "The truth is that there is more of a bond between us - we know Markus well and he knows us, whereas we know very little about Larri Passos" (the other contender for the job), "as he has worked exclusively for Guga (Kuerten) for the past 15 years." Manuel Massú dded that "the only thing that we asked of Markus was that he would work with us exclusively, and he agreed. Today, the only thing there is left to discuss is the financial side of things, but I don't see that being a problem."

The only problem from the Argentine's point of view is that a commitment to Massú (with whom he worked from November 2002 to June 2004) would jeopardise his current business relationship with the American Vince Spadea over the next few weeks. Certainly, for the next few months it would be "impossible" for him to start working with the Chilean because of these previous commitments.. Therefore "El Vampiro" is in a dilemma, looking for a person who can work as his coach until Markus can take on his job permanently. The name of another Argentine, Francisco Mastelli, who is currently coaching the Peruvian Luis Horna, was given by Manuel Massú as the most likely person to accompany his son to Wimbledon. Nevertheless, Mastelli saiid he knew nothing about this, he said. "No-one has said anything to me, so obviously I cannot speak about it at this stage. I would not have problems with it, but of course I would first have to speak with Luis (Horna), to see how he felt about it ". When appriached in Lima, Peruvian Number 1 player Horna knew nothing of the situation either. But he said, "I have a good relationship with Nicolas though of course it is something he and I would have to sit down and talk about first, - but I don't see that I would have any problems with Francisco working with Nicholas ".

Another option that has been mentioned, is that Markus could work with Massú just at Wimbledon, which would give them an opportunity to talk and finalise all financial agreements between them. This would also be an opportunity for them to decide on a date when they can work together properly, with a view to looking forward to the second half of the year that will be so important to the double Olympic champion.

NicoFan
06-11-2005, 01:00 PM
This is great news!!! I'm so happy.

Of course, it isn't a completed deal but sounds like its close. A little concerned about who he will get as coach until Gaby is finished with Vince. Shoot...why is Gaby even bothering with Vince...

Fergie
06-11-2005, 01:56 PM
In another article said that Nico and Gaby confirmed that they will work together again :)

NicoFan
06-11-2005, 02:14 PM
That's in lun. But I still think that Gaby has to work with Vince and then will come over to Nico from what latercera is saying.

Here's the lun.com article:

The Argentine technician took it to position 11 of the ATP Massú returns with Markus Saturday 11 of June of 2005 Lun

After a year moved away, Markus and Massú return to work together. After some weeks without a coach by the distance of Patricio Rodriguez, Nicholas Massú announced yesterday that Gabriel Markus will return to put itself into the hands of the Argentinean, who directed it between years 2002 and 2004, and with which obtained peak of his race when he reached place 11 of ránking ATP.

The news was confirmed by the father of the tennis player, Manuel Massú, to Chilean radio: "More bond well-known devil than santo to know. Gabriel we know it enough and of Larri Passos we did not have much reference. In addition that he worked 15 years with Guga and there is no another player to whom to ask to him ". Of that form it was discarded the eternal companion of Gustavo Kuerten, that does very little was broken contact with the Brazilian.

In agreement with expressed by Massú papa, the only exigency for the new and technical well-known it was that "we requested exclusive feature to him and it agreed in which thus outside. Now we must put to us in agreement in the economic thing and I do not believe that we have problems in that ". For that reason, before being again made position of the race of the Chilean tennis player, Markus will have to finish its relation with the Ecuadorian Giovanni Lapentti, with that almost did not aspire to matches ATP, because his ránking as soon as it reached to him after challengers. With the reconstruction of this relation, Massú will look for to recover its better days in tennis, because next to Markus it reached the end of the Masters Series of Madrid and cleared top ten.

Fergie
06-11-2005, 02:23 PM
I'm watching the match Massu/Roddick ((Hamburg) and journalists said that Nicolas Massu is dating the beautiful actress Salma Hayek :angel: ... both were together in New York.... and blah blah blah and the reporters have added that the tennis-players are only talking this love affair! seems it's the big deal on the tour. Is it true? :cool:
We don't know if this is true ... But we know that Nico loves the beautiful womans ;)

*Ljubica*
06-11-2005, 02:26 PM
Well I travel on the Tour a lot as you all know, but the first I heard of this was here on this Board :confused: Last time I saw Nico with a girlfriend was in Basel last year - she was petite and blonde and definately NOT Salma Hayek!!!

Fergie
06-11-2005, 02:29 PM
Well I travel on the Tour a lot as you all know, but the first I heard of this was here on this Board :confused: Last time I saw Nico with a girlfriend was in Basel last year - she was petite and blonde and definately NOT Salma Hayek!!!
Caroline was his girlfriend for 3 or 4 months ;)

Since there we know rumors about Salma and Luciana Salazar :ignore:

NicoFan
06-11-2005, 02:35 PM
I didn't like Caroline when he was dating her, but compared to Lula, I'd rather see him with her in a heartbeat!!! ;) He's be in Balstaad again soon so who knows...maybe they'll see each other again - but she was too young for him and again I wasn't thrilled with her at all. But Lula is too much... :eek: ...but Stefano says Nico won't marry her so that made me feel better! :) I would have loved to see him with Salma...too bad nothing happened with that...last I heard she was dating someone else. But stilll keep my fingers crossed for it...

I wish he would settle down with a nice girl...

NicoFan
06-11-2005, 02:41 PM
Interesting though Rosie you saw Nico with Caroline in Basel - I thought she was long gone before that...but definitely she's gone now...or she's a very forgiving girlfriend because he has been hanging around with Ms. Lula since the Vina tournament this year.

*Ljubica*
06-11-2005, 05:01 PM
Interesting though Rosie you saw Nico with Caroline in Basel - I thought she was long gone before that...but definitely she's gone now...or she's a very forgiving girlfriend because he has been hanging around with Ms. Lula since the Vina tournament this year.

Well I didn't know her name was Caroline, but if she fits the description, -then yes he was - and in Vienna too. She was very petite, very blonde, very pretty and extremely young to my recollection. Btw - no news about him playing in Stoke Park when I went there this afternoon -so I guess not :sad:

NicoFan
06-11-2005, 06:24 PM
Lol Cobalt! Yes, does appear papa Massu was telling the truth. Of course, she is gone so maybe the press were on to something. ;)

Rosie - this is Caroline:

NicoFan
06-11-2005, 06:26 PM
BTW - I'm not surprised he's not going to Balstad. Might be for more reasons than appearance money too...Nico really loved that tournament.

*Ljubica*
06-11-2005, 07:54 PM
Lol Cobalt! Yes, does appear papa Massu was telling the truth. Of course, she is gone so maybe the press were on to something. ;)

Rosie - this is Caroline:

Yes - that was the girl I saw with him last year.

NicoFan
06-12-2005, 12:07 PM
Well we celebrated too fast. Gaby doesn't see it as a done deal.

From latercera.cl:

Nicolas Massú intends to return with the Argentine one Gabriel Markus. The father of the player, Manuel Massú, commented Friday that was almost a fact that the "German" will be the replacement of Patricii Rodriguez and that only small formalisms they separated them that would fix in Wimbledon, the next week. Thus it would resumed again this relation that already had a first part, that lasted near a year and a half and that finished abruptly in the middle of 2004.


It would not be the first time that the "Vampire" returns with a coach of which he was separated. And the experience did not turn out to be good for the second national racquet.


The viñamarino hired al Argentine Pablo Martin in February of 2001 and they finished in the middle of that same season. The coach transandino said in its opportunity that "Nicolas has the head in any part and while itself not focus in their profession will fail to leave evil moment that crosses". The things finished badly. Both they tried to recompose the relation and they joined again in the middle of 2002. All was broken after three months "by insurmountable problems", as commented the Chilean.


With Markus, the double Olympic champion finished well publically, but the coach transandino did not endure more the personality of the national one. It was bored of its tantrums. Today, the coach says that he has no problem with the "Vampire" and that would charm him to return with him and he trusts in which is the person indicated to set right his career, who has a second very complicated semester.


Markus clarifies


Of all forms, yesterday the former coach of David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria, of the maximum values of the Argentine tennis, al left step of the statements of Manuel Massú, who almost gave for fact the union.


"The unique thing that can say is that still we have to converse with 'Nico'. I read that Manuel said that I agreed the exclusive demand to be a coach, what is difficult, because I have a commitment with Giovanni Lapentti. Therefore it is something that have to converse to see if we can summarize something further on", explained a cold Markus from Buenos Aires.

NicoFan
06-14-2005, 12:39 PM
Our Nico isn't worried about being without a coach. Glad he's not, because I worry about him being all alone out there. But he's right in not rushing getting a coach.

From latercera.cl:

After 10 days in Santiago, Nicolas Massú left yesterday the country to return to the competences next Monday 20 of June, when comience to be disputed Wimbledon, third Grand Slam of the season. The Chilean travelled with several days of anticipation, "because the preparation I have to do it there, since here in Chile there are not grass courts".

The viñamarino said that its luck in the "Cathedral" will depend on the picture that touch him. "I am favorite, for which I will face no player located inside the 32 better in the first round, but equal one must be lucky, because for example last year touched me a type as Alexander Popp that is 80 and that only plays well on grass. But already I did third round there three years ago and now I have more experience", commented the second national racquet.

On the fashionable theme in around al player, referred to the contracting of a new coach, Massú explained that "many things have left, but not yet to have swum defined. I want to decide me with caution. The clearest names are Gabriel Markus and Larry Passos, but I have not spoken a lot with them. Of all forms does not affect me a lot to be alone in Wimbledon, where perfectly I can find other names".

The "Vampire" added that "for now is not a so worrying theme, but would not be good to be from here to end of year without nobody. I am young and still I have many things that to learn. But it is not easy to find coach to half of year".

As soon as al fear of exclusiveness that would be requiring the tennis player to his new one coach, the player said that "it is not something so important. More the person worries me. I cannot close to be alone and he is something conversable".
After 10 days in Santiago, Nicolas Massú left yesterday the country to return to the competences next Monday 20 of June, when comience to be disputed Wimbledon, third Grand Slam of the season. The Chilean travelled with several days of anticipation, "because the preparation I have to do it there, since here in Chile there are not grass courts".

The viñamarino said that its luck in the "Cathedral" will depend on the picture that touch him. "I am favorite, for which I will face no player located inside the 32 better in the first round, but equal one must be lucky, because for example last year touched me a type as Alexander Popp that is 80 and that only plays well on grass. But already I did third round there three years ago and now I have more experience", commented the second national racquet.

On the fashionable theme in around al player, referred to the contracting of a new coach, Massú explained that "many things have left, but not yet to have swum defined. I want to decide me with caution. The clearest names are Gabriel Markus and Larry Passos, but I have not spoken a lot with them. Of all forms does not affect me a lot to be alone in Wimbledon, where perfectly I can find other names".

The "Vampire" added that "for now is not a so worrying theme, but would not be good to be from here to end of year without nobody. I am young and still I have many things that to learn. But it is not easy to find coach to half of year".

As soon as al fear of exclusiveness that would be requiring the tennis player to his new one coach, the player said that "it is not something so important. More the person worries me. I cannot close to be alone and he is something conversable".

NicoFan
06-14-2005, 12:41 PM
Nico will be relaxed this year, so hopefully he will get to the 3rd round.

Wish I were there...

Rosie, if you see our Nico, check to make sure he's okay!!!

From Radio Cooperativa:

The tennis player viñamarino embarked bound for England to begin its preparation looking al third Grand Slam of the season, that starts this Monday, June 20.

With the fixed mind in surpassing the third round in the tournament of Wimbledon, the Chilean one Nicolas Massú (29º of the ATP) displaced this Monday bound for Europe to begin to prepare his participation in the classical contest on grass.

Massú said to be felt in perfect physical conditions and because of it trusts in surpassing the third round, instance to which arrived in 2001, in its better participation in Wimbledon. That year, the viñamarino fell before the American Andre Agassi.

The tennis player number two of Chile will coach this week in courts of lawn, with the intention to arrive in the best possible form al contest, that begins next Monday 20 of June.

On the contracting of a new technician, Massú maintained its position and did not show an approach with some coach.

"I have a pair of names, but I have not arrived beyond in any conversation. Therefore same, I have gone with plenty of caution, because when one speech of more, suddenly the things do not pass, but I, nearby the unique thing that have they are Gabriel Markus and Larri Passos", the Olympic champion relating to his former technician said and al coach that carried al Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten al number one of the globe.

Despite it, Massú left in clear that other coaches in their step by the English lawn they can appear.

"Perhaps in Wimbledon another coach appears and I will converse, but is not a decision that one should to take of a day for another for later finish the relation to the week or al month", asserted. (Cooperative.cl)

+alonso
06-19-2005, 07:51 PM
remember when i saw the olympics draw ! nico was playing not well and suddenly he beat so many players :bounce:
hope that nico can play well here and with no pressure

NicoFan
08-08-2005, 12:07 PM
I was hoping this was going to be an article saying that the deal with Gaby was completed, but its still up in the air - sounds close but still not a done deal. :sad:

Nico desperately needs a great coach - and I think Gaby is perfect.

I hope it doesn't fall through in the end. Although Nico probably wouldn't be going without a coach all this time unless he was very certain that Gaby would start coaching him after the US Open.

And Gaby's right about the decisions made by the Massu camp - like as Gaby said the decision to go to Australia - I couldn't believe it when Nico went to Australia with his foot already bothering him - cost him the first half of the season. Like this decision to have an exhibition match with the Bryan brothers when he needed to play Romania because of this points/rankings nightmare.

:sad:

From latercera.cl:

Gabriel Markus coached yesterday by near an hour with his present pupilo, the American Vincent Spadea. While this occurred in the court three of the complex one tenístico that harbors the Master Series of Montreal, in the court five practiced Nicolas Massú along with the Italian Andrea Seppi and his countryman Enzo Artoni, who officialized them of coach.


The viñamarino and the Argentine coach few meters separated them very, the same that distance it to be related again professionally in the circuit of the ATP, therefore yesterday was the own coach who assured to El Mercucio that "the again together chances to be are very large. We have had some conversations but still nothing is final".


The mesura of Markus before the imminent new contract, that will tie it with the double Olympic champion, al is owed respect that considers its present one directed, Vicent Spadea, with whom has a contractual connection to the Open U.S., that is initiated August 29.


"Does not yet it correspond to speak of the matter, already will be touched in its moment, but if Nico wants that help it already since the US Open, I would have no problem. I insist that the possibility to work with Massú is very close", indicated the transandino.


What more interests al former DT of Guillermo Coria is that their eventual new one directed recover their better level and that also not commit again errors that carried it to be injured. "Over there there is a theme of planning that played in against and that carried it to be injured. For example should not have played Australia Open, because perhaps the to be in that tournament deprived it to have continuity in the circuit".


Besides, Markus assured that trusts in which the second national racquet recover his maximum performance: "I believe that Nicolas can yield again and to achieve good results. In fact already he showed him during the last tournaments that played in Europe (semifinals of Gstaad and Kitzbühel)".

GonzoFan
08-11-2005, 07:17 AM
Here is an article from La Tercera :

Massú : "I'm worried about the ranking"

The viñamarino knows how complicated it will be to defend the title of Athens next week.

Nicolas Massú (31° ATP) recognizes that he is in a bad moment. And if he thought that a rise began after two semifinals in the European clay (Gstaad and Kitzbühel), today he feels that he gave one step back. he comes to lose in the second round in Washington (First round bye) and lost in the debut of Montreal, Tuesday against the German Nicolas Kiefer. It has been a hard passage of the clay to the cement, perhaps more difficult of which he thought. All this added to an ominous year, full of injuries and that have him at a difficult moment. And thus he assumes it, like also the consequences to feel below the player who was nine of the world in 2004.

"I have had three complicated injuries in a short time. I am not the same one that I was before, but if I am not it is only because of health. At the end of the last year I played incredible and in the preseason I also felt incredible. It is difficult, in addition, because when I began to feel better, when I began to feel the ball, I had to change to hardcourts and in this surface I had only one match in Australia in the year and that changes all the scheme to me ".

In spite of the good clay results do you still feel that you don't recover your best form?

So that people understand well, today I feel playing a second later that before, with less reflections and something weaker. But I can say that I have been much more strong that for the last two months, when I lost in first round, and made two semifinals of a ATP Tour. That was in claycourts and now it has been harder in fastcourts and more here, in Canada, that its fastest. But the moment will come that I will be feeling the same as before the injury. I do not know if will be the next week, or at the end of year, I do not know. Before I was like a panther, I could move from there to here, to everywhere in the court. And since the injuries I do not feel that agility.

I imagine that to feel like that, in a tennis player like you, who bases his game on the physicist, it must be hard...

Mentally I feel well. I am even surprised, because I have never felt badly. Yes I must recognize that after the defeat against Kiefer I stuck a hard blow. It hurt to me, not to lose again in first, but because I came in rise, I was wating for more, I made it bad and that hurts. One is excited, thinks that it is close... But I must move on. I am training more than before, because I know that I need to do it. Before, when it was well, I measured a little, now I cannot.

In Cincinnati, you defend 450 points from the Olympics. Are you worry about leaving the group of the first 50 players if you lose in first round ?

It worries to me and I could not say no. It is obvious that yes, but now that is in second place, although normally had to be first. That is, the more than I can go away is to 50º or 55º. And between being 30º and 50º, the only difference is that perhaps I do not enter to the tournaments and I will have to play qualies.

It is a "important punishment"...

But I assumed that and I would not have problems in playing qualies. I have left Cincinnati to reach a final or semifinal and enter direct to Madrid and Paris (last Masters Series of the year). If I play good I'll enter and if it not I'll play qualies ...

Are you in conditions of reaching a semifinal in Cincinnati?

If I play like I did this week, no; but of what I did in Kitzbuhel; yes. As I played in clay, I thought that I was for great things, but I have left time to train and I am with desire to look for my better form.

Which are the goals for this year?

To finish the best that I can. Last year my goal was to be top ten and I finished 12. And if nothing had happen to me I would have finished top ten. But how the things have occurred, hopefully I can finish between the 50. But if I finish between the 30 or 40, it would very good for me.

NicoFan
08-11-2005, 12:14 PM
Poor Nico - I want this entire thing to be over for him and back to his normal self.

:bigcry:

NicoFan
08-11-2005, 12:16 PM
Article in latercera.cl on coaching situation.

Gaby isn't a definite which we knew.

All I can say about this Enzo guy is who the heck is he, and I don't want Nico to hire him. I want someone well known for him, someone with a great track record, someone who has coached a top player.

And who can he possible hire from Chile?

I will be so upset if he doesn't get Gaby back.

From latercera.cl:

"Markus is not definite"

"In Montreal and Cincinnati helps me Enzo (Artoni, doblista Italian). I had to do it thus, because is very difficult to be alone, without coach, because one needs someone that good wave throw you".

Of Gabriel Markus ¿in what is?

I am seeing what is what I will do; if for New Haven and the US Open comes someone of Chile, Gaby or Enzo. I am seeing. The priority has it Markus, but not yet we make a decision. With Gabriel not yet we converse somewhat serious, but i would like to be again with him.

What search today in a coach?

When it was with Gabriel, was well coached. The "Nano" (Zuleta) was a person that helped me to motivate me and that I help me. I need a mixture of the two things. A person that good wave throw me and that cause he coach me a lot, hours in the court.

You did not pass with Patricio Rodriguez?

With the "Duck" al principle was all well, but all was complicated with the injuries. Neither he, neither I, not my physical coach we knew how much to coach; if a, two or three hours, because the type of injury was complicated. And that affected us al "Duck" and to me. For the two was very difficult.

+alonso
08-11-2005, 09:53 PM
we want GABY GABY GABY :mad: !!!!

NicoFan
08-11-2005, 10:28 PM
we want GABY GABY GABY :mad: !!!!

I want to bring a HUGE sign with me to all the upcoming tournaments - Cincinnati, New Haven, and US Open - that says: WE WANT GABY!

But I don't want to do anything that will make him lose his concentration or anything so I won't.

NicoFan
08-11-2005, 10:53 PM
And have to add - Nico wants Gaby too - so hopefully they can work out a deal over the next 2-3 weeks - and happy days will be here again!

*Ljubica*
08-12-2005, 02:02 PM
Well - Gaby would be good for Nico - but if it doesn't work out ,David has just split with his coach, Eduardo Infantino, so that could be a possibiltiy. Eduardo has worked with David for two and half years, and was formerly with Gaudio and also Younes El Aynaoui. At one stage - he was planning to work with Marcelo Rios and I know he and Nico get on very well, so...............

NicoFan
08-12-2005, 02:20 PM
Well - Gaby would be good for Nico - but if it doesn't work out ,David has just split with his coach, Eduardo Infantino, so that could be a possibiltiy. Eduardo has worked with David for two and half years, and was formerly with Gaudio and also Younes El Aynaoui. At one stage - he was planning to work with Marcelo Rios and I know he and Nico get on very well, so...............

Thanks for the info Rosie! :)

Too bad David split with Infantino though - I thought he was a very good coach.

Would be good for Nico though - I'll have to put up a sign for Nico in Cincy that says - If you can't get Gaby, get Eduardo!!! ;) lol!

*Ljubica*
08-12-2005, 02:28 PM
Thanks for the info Rosie! :)

Too bad David split with Infantino though - I thought he was a very good coach.

Would be good for Nico though - I'll have to put up a sign for Nico in Cincy that says - If you can't get Gaby, get Eduardo!!! ;) lol!

Let's say it has been on the cards for a while- David is not the easiest of people to work with. Eduardo has the patience of a saint - but everyone has breaking point :sad: And yes - he is a good coach - so please sign my name on that sign.

NicoFan
08-12-2005, 02:35 PM
Let's say it has been on the cards for a while- David is not the easiest of people to work with. Eduardo has the patience of a saint - but everyone has breaking point :sad: And yes - he is a good coach - so please sign my name on that sign.

lol! Nico isn't the easiest person to get along with either so he also needs a coach that has the patience of a saint! ;)

Poor Gaby - at one time he had both David and Nico at the same time... :eek:

And will definitely add your name...lol!

If Nico gets either Gaby or Eduardo ... I'll dance down 5th Avenue... ;)

*Ljubica*
08-12-2005, 02:39 PM
lol! Nico isn't the easiest person to get along with either so he also needs a coach that has the patience of a saint! ;)

Poor Gaby - at one time he had both David and Nico at the same time... :eek:

And will definitely add your name...lol!

If Nico gets either Gaby or Eduardo ... I'll dance down 5th Avenue... ;)

And for a (very) short while, Gaby had the ghastly Coria too :devil: That man must have the patience of two saints..........!!! In the circumstances, perhaps I should wish an easier personality on Eduardo now - the poor man needs a break ;) But it would be fun to see you dance down 5th Avenue - perhaps I'll do one down Oxford Street and we can send video pics to each other!!!

NicoFan
08-12-2005, 02:51 PM
And for a (very) short while, Gaby had the ghastly Coria too :devil: That man must have the patience of two saints..........!!! In the circumstances, perhaps I should wish an easier personality on Eduardo now - the poor man needs a break ;) But it would be fun to see you dance down 5th Avenue - perhaps I'll do one down Oxford Street and we can send video pics to each other!!!

I thought the same thing - poor Eduardo probably needs a break - going from David to Nico would be like jumping from the frying pan into the fire... :eek:

But my Nico needs help so someone has to do it!!! lol!!!

The poor Argentine coaches - they really do deserve sainthood... :angel:

We'd make the news...lol! Two nutty tennis fans dancing down the streets of London and NYC! :rolls:

GonzoFan
08-18-2005, 09:27 AM
In www.latercera.cl there is and article/interview where Gonzo talks about Nico's situation ... I'll try to translate it later if somebody doesn't do it before ... :yeah:

NicoFan
08-18-2005, 01:14 PM
In www.latercera.cl there is and article/interview where Gonzo talks about Nico's situation ... I'll try to translate it later if somebody doesn't do it before ... :yeah:

Here it is:

Inside his satisfaction by the victory on Nalbandian, Fernando González had also words for his friend, Nicolas Massú. Gonzalez showed his happiness by the progress in some weeks of the bond between the viñamarino and the Argentine coach Gabriel Markus, due to that this "can mark a great improvement in Nicolas".


The father of the number two of the country, Manuel Massú, will travel the next week to New Haven, where will be found with his son and will supervise the last details of the contract with the Argentine trainer. In every case already is a fact that Markus al will be incorporated before technical team of Massú, due to that already finished its contract with the American Vince Spadea.


"Is very beneficial for him. Nico with Markus already they worked together and they obtained large results. I believe that the things are going to change for better", added González, who attributes a lot of importance to the work of a coach with the good performance of its directed.


"I believe that now Nicolas will work of another form, a lot better. He will have a more established order, for which he will be easier to coach", he emphasizes the medalist of Athens 2004.


In this sense, González rescues the virtues of Gabriel Markus, to whom considers "a great planner. It knows to carry very well its players. And the best is that already knows Nico well, for which what will know to do, a lot more than other".

*Ljubica*
08-21-2005, 11:18 AM
I found a nice interview with Gaby Markus today that I thought you might be interested in reading - apologies for my not-so-good translation!! Also found out that Nico and Feña Gonzalez are playing an exhibition together against the Bryan Brothers on 14th September.


EXHIBICIÓN:

Ya hay escenario

Definitivamente, el Coliseo Monumental de La Serena será el recinto que acogerá la exhibición que jugarán Fernando González y Nicolás Massú ante los gemelos Bob y Mike Bryan. El lance se disputará a las 22 horas del 14 de septiembre.

Here is Gaby's interview. I tried to copy the links over for this and the piece about the exhibition, but they wouldn't work :sad: They were in yesterday's "El Mercurio" anyway.

MARKUS INTERVIEW

Things have changed a lot since Gabriel Markus and Nicolas Massú separated at Roland Garros 2004. And both have lived through a similar process. In the beginning, the decision seemed to be beneficial: - the Argentine coach was contracted to Guillermo Coria and the man from Viña Marino achieved the most important success of his career in the Olympic Games. But both then saw things begin to deteriorate - by the end of last year. Markus had lost his two pupils (Coria and Juan Ignacio Chela) and, although he has never needed to work, he had to be satisfied with training (on a lesser level) with the Ecuadorian Giovanni Lapentti, and to offer a five week consultancy with Vincent Spadea. Massú, in the meantime, has suffered three successive injuries that ruined his year, his confidence and his ranking. It is now time to return to the good times, and from the next week (in New Haven, but already thinking ahead to the U.S. Open), Markus and Massú will be together again with the objective of recovering lost ground.

Markus says:- "The truth is that I haven't seen many of his matches recently, because he was in Europe and I was here in the United States. I saw him in Montreal and here in Cincinatti and I can say that I saw some tactical mistakes, that made me a little worried. But on the other hand I saw that he had little emotional control, and he was very negative".

- When you finished working together last year the realtionship was worn down, because of the tension and nerves that affected Massú at that time. How do you think to avoid that same situaitoon taking place again? "I think that it's possible to avoid it with much conversation, and putting down scear rules of our working together from the beginning."

- At the same time, considering the the problems that existed before, did it surprise you that Massú wanted to return to work with you? "No, it didn't surprise me too much. Nico knows that we work well together, - we have a good relationship and I believe that he respects me. We had very good times together and I believe that he thinks that we'll be able to have those again ".

- Do you believes that Massú recognises you were the key to the take-off of his success in 2003? "For sure he feels that I helped him a lot to obtain everything that he obtained. But he always had the potential and what I did was to help him recognise it and also to improve his tennis in some aspects. That allowed him to climb from the position of 100 to 11 in less than a year. I believe that he had something very important"

- With Massú nearly reaching 26 years old, is there still time for progression in the technical aspect of things, or can the improvements only come in terms of strategy and his attitude on court? "I believe that there is always room to improve technically, but only as long as the attitude and the temperament are the correct ones. What I'm going to do with Nicolas is to go back to insisting on improving his bad luck, and also convincing him to use his serve so that his power is better to quickly press his opponent ".

- Can Massú hope to obtain more than what he has already obtained in the circuit (to be in the top 10 and Olympic champion), or are you concentrating his efforts only on returning to be between 20 or 25 in the world? "When all the aspects - his tennis, his fitness and his mentality are in order, Nico will have the potential to obtain great things again. The work that we're going to do will aim at all these aspects and making him get to the best possible level "

-Does Massú need a permanent psychologist? "It would make me happy if Nico worked on the psychological side of things as all top sportsmen at a high level do".

- In view of the fact that it will be very difficult to enter directly in the Masters' events in Madrid and Paris, does he think that Massú must go and play the qualification rounds, or would he have to decide on other tournaments in those weeks? "That is something that we'll talk more about in the future, because first I would just like to see how he plays in the next few weeks".

- Can Nicholas still finish the season in great form or would it be necessary to begin to think about 2006 as the year of his return? "No, I believe that we have to think about finishing this year in the best possible form considering the difficulties that he had in first half of the year. It's necessary to think that he still can have good triumphs in this year, and we must make the most of things in the most intelligent way possible to have a great season next year ".

- A while ago you said that Massú was one of the players you had most affection for. Could you explain a little about those feelings? "Not really - it is something that can't be explained, simply a feeling".

NicoFan
08-21-2005, 03:10 PM
Thanks Rosie!!! :hug:

I loved the last line when Gaby says that he can't explain his affection for Nico...lol! I can relate - Nico can be...hmmm...difficult...lol!, but there's something about him that I still really adore... :devil:

And he does need a sports psychologist to help him control his anger. I think that should be #1 priority, because until he can get that under control, he's going to have trouble winning matches. As Gaby said, most guys have one.

NicoFan
08-21-2005, 03:13 PM
Here's an interview with Nico - poor guy, wish this entire time was over for him and he was back to winning again.

From lun.com:

To Nicolas Massú exceeded him time yesterday in Cincinnati. Already it eliminated of the competences of singles and double, its greater worry was to opt among a walk to a gigantic park of entretenciones or to practice golf in a nearby club. Finally it opted for the last thing, therefore needed to be relaxed. "It is that still I am hot by to have been eliminated. It was suitable to this tournament, but here I burned it", he recognizes.

Massú is seeking to be the same one of before, but him there is side more than expected and recently in the US Open will begin to work again with the Argentine coach Gabriel Markus. "We are practically ready, only lacks to tune up the silver. For that is going to come my dad to close the contract. But it is fixed that I return with Gaby, we will join in New York", explains.

The alone option to be is passing the account to Massú. It asked a friend of infancy that accompanied it in this trip, but this did not be able for to be working, for which in New Haven will be found with its smaller brother, Stéfano. Since a month ago that the doblista accompanies him Italian-Argentine Enzo Artoni.

"Enzo knows a lot of tennis and is a good friend. I asked that he came me to accompany because he felt me alone, he did not have with who to heat neither with who to speak of tennis. With him I carry me super well, but now I return with Markus".

The viñamarino already is directed to play golf when a volunteer of the tournament comments to another in low voice: "Look, that is the Olympic champion. I thought that was higher".

A year ago, Massú celebrated in Athens and today is expecting the ranking on Monday, where will appear beyond the 50. "They put him a lot in Chile with the theme of the ranking. The physical thing worries me more that the points".

-¿And how have it felt yourself in the physical thing?

-It came improving, but I have inconveniences in all sides: where operated me, in the ankle, but that is not why has not gone me well. No longer I feel hardly, neither quickly neither agile. Therefore I disincline me a little. This recovery has been very slow.

-¿You feel a little desperate?

-It is that if me not to have injured, would be a lot better. I did not do pre-season and I prepare me in the tournaments for continue not wasting time. Since I injured me, me there is side a lot to return. One it is despaired because wants all fast. But I have to be tranquil, to have faith.

Sparko1030
08-21-2005, 09:33 PM
Thanks for the articles Rosie and Nicofan. So glad Gaby is back as Nico's coach. He sounds very realistic- and if a sports pyschologist is what he needs that so be it. I've heard sportcasters say Federer used to have a bad temper but he learned how to be calm now and look where he is-don't know how he did/does it but the anger certainly does get in the way of concentration and winning. And Iam the same Nicofan-can't fully expain why I like Nico so much too but there it is. :crazy:

NicoFan
08-21-2005, 11:46 PM
Nice article today in latercera.cl about the boys friendship.

The destinies of Fernando González and Nicolas Massú they have always been connected. They won their first together tournament in the double youthful one of the US Open in 1997 and later touched them to define among them its first end of an ATP, in Orlando. Together they carried to Chile to win two times the World cup by Teams and they returned al country al World Group of Cup Davis, after 20 years.


If already it was special all it lived in Athens, the fact of to have obtained together the historic triumph did it still more special. By the side was the same old friend, with whom has gone burning phases of form almost parallel in the very impersonal circuit ATP.


"Of course that the to obtain the medals with Nicolas did all still more spectacular. I to ‘Nico' consider him my friend. In bad moments I can trust in him. The two we grew together, we know us since the 10 years and we begin to burn together phases. First he gave a leap, later I I gave it, later the even thing, later ‘Nico' hit another advance and thus we have gone in a lot of time and today we are super partners", comments González.


The relation in the circuit


After Athens speculated on a distancing of the double one. Though Massú confesses that "in a moment could think that", today assures that the relation is equal of narrow that always.


"My relation with Fernando is from boy. We are the unique two Chileans that are in the main circuit, we see us always and would be a tin plating that we carried us badly. The he helps me and I to him. In the tournaments perhaps we do not have a lot of time to share. Each one is worried of its own. There are tournaments that are going to eat almost every day and in other that neither we run into. Our relation is good and all walks very well", explains the "Vampire".


González says that Massú is a person of confidence, in which he can trust. "I tell things to him and he to me. Things that him not tell to other tennis players. For example, if us do not we see in a lot of time, barely we are again in a together tournament we call us immediately. We count us the details of what has passed in Chile (laughs), the copuchas of the friends and all that. The day that withdraw I know that we will continue being friends, because besides our families are very you united", comments Gonzalez.


"We have a super relation franca and we tell ourselves the forward things. If for example tells me that cannot play double, I respect it. In Kitzbuhel was a little injured of the shoulder and do not there was problem that did not play. That is good", explains Massú.


Clearly that all changes when touches them to be faced. "If we play in against us we throw a kick in the face by telling you something, because is part of the play. But out of the court is very different", comments González.

Choupi
08-22-2005, 01:41 PM
I don't know if you guys here know that Nico will take part to the Open de Moselle in Metz, in October. The official Entry list isn't published yet, it will only be available on Wednesday morning, but the Chairman has already announced some players's names. And Nico's is on the list. :)

http://www.opendemoselle.com/index.php?p=acu

Fergie
08-22-2005, 01:55 PM
I don't know if you guys here know that Nico will take part to the Open de Moselle in Metz, in October. The official Entry list isn't published yet, it will only be available on Wednesday morning, but the Chairman has already announced some players's names. And Nico's is on the list. :)

http://www.opendemoselle.com/index.php?p=acu
Thanks for the info! :yeah:

I found today a good article in LUN: http://www.lun.com/deportes/Tenis/detalle_noticia.asp?cuerpo=701&seccion=806&subseccion=902&idnoticia=C385858253005671 (http://www.lun.com/deportes/Tenis/detalle_noticia.asp?cuerpo=701&seccion=806&subseccion=902&idnoticia=C385858253005671ç) ... Sorry but I don't have time to traslate now ;)

NicoFan
08-22-2005, 02:07 PM
Thanks for the info Choupi! I had been just wondering about Metz.

NicoFan
08-22-2005, 02:07 PM
Here's the translation for the lun article - great article!

Nicolas Massú passes from long. Its face radiates hatred. It has just lost in double in Cincinnati and the umpire was mistaken in some key failures. Is "hot". Fast al walks side room, but the magic words they produce the metamorphosis: "we Do al shot the note, ¿where do we sit down? Dime you. You give him nomás, question".

The memory of Athens is the best antidote for the complex moment that passes. Has just left the 50 first of the world in the ranking and still suffers inconveniences by its wounds. But the word Athens returns him the smile.

"It was the best than me passed in the life. There is not comparison with nothing. You feel that have all the happiness of the world. One always dreams of that. When you are among the 10 ó 15 first somewhat upper waits and, when arrives, only have to live it", says.

Not even has bathed and the air conditioning is strong in the conference room. "You give him nomás, give him, we continue", insists Massú. There is not need to ask. It speaks alone: "Never I imagined that I, with my pure racquet, was going to do so happy to so much people. I feel proud to be Chilean. If it to have been of another country, perhaps they would not have it celebrated so much. I believe that, when dwells me, all they are going to agree of me. It is what always I wanted".

-¿How do you assume the condition of historic personage?

-That it does not matter so much. Seeing all the Chileans in the streets yes. They told me thanks. Thanks why? Perhaps because I gave them an enormous happiness, a relief for its problems. Then, it is incredible that I, Nicolas Massú, that I know what me there is side all this, can come to be so noticeable in my country. Therefore is that already I can die tranquil.

-¿What comes after something so large?

-One must be positive. First wanted to be 100, 50 and later 20. Then I was top ten. Now other dreams they remain me: to win a Grand Slam, a Masters Series, the Cup Davis. I hope to remain me enough time in the top ten. If I did it before with less experience, I can repeat it now. I know the road to return.

-Inside the court you project the image of invincible, but out of her are sensitive.

-I try to be always the hardest one and I can be it. I am a fighter, play with that. My mind is the best than I have, but I need to be stronger still. Of the five titles that I accumulate, three I have earned them in matches that had lost. I am a type that itself is not yielded never.

-¿What things affect you?

-That him even something to my family, to my friends, to my nearby. The 97 we went to India by Cup Davis. I gave a Cook-Queue to some children and they were distributed it among twenty. Never I have left to cry in a Teletón. Also it affects me to see that they place a bomb and that people dies that is innocent, as one.

-¿You are good to cry?

-I cry a lot when I am alone. This week, my brother complied 30 years and I could not be with him. I have lost many moments with them. When I return home and I see that my small brother is higher than I, I attribute me. A month ago and middle they operated my mom and I suffered it me all. For Wimbledon, my tata was ill, but me did not they mean because they knew that was going to affect me. Thanks to God they are well.

Massú speaks to give him thanks to God, a concept that should be complex in a family where the father is Catholic of Arabian ancestry and the mother is Jewish. The theme does not disturb him and speaks with naturalness while, a day after the first interview, we have lunch in the casino of players in Cincinnati.

"Are very different visions, but they have left us to decide. In the school exempted me in religion and never I have received pressures of some of the two families. Now, I believe in a God, just as your newspaper in the year end front he put him, where he said 'thanks to God by this year'. He is the pure truth, always I give him thanks for which passed me".

-¿It is certain that in the end of Athens you asked to God that the triumph in exchange for any thing gave you?

-¿Who did that count you? He is true. It was match point removing and dead person felt me. Among so many thoughts said: "God, you give me this point for which more want. It does not matter what even later. If I cannot play more al tennis, it does not matter". Good, almost the promise was given: I won Athens, I injured me and I was five months without playing.

-¿What things impressed you in Athens, aside from the medals?

-In Athens 2004 not so many, but in Sydney 2000 was incredible. There it passed me it more important of my career before the medals, that was to carry the flag in the opening ceremony. Also it impressed me to see Muhammad Alí and its illness. The attention called me the Chinese of the NBA (Yao Ming). We bother to (Ivo) Karlovic because is pailón, but occurs that the Chinese measures 30 centimeters more than he.

-¿The memory of Athens gives you spirit in the complicated moments?

-You know, each time that I arrive at my house, I revise the matches of the Olympic Games. And each time that I see I discover them new things and I put me again nervous. In the match point revolves itself me the stomach.

-I see that is the medal in singles the one that more you want, because only have spoken of her.

-Not, the gold with Fernando does not have price. I won and I did it with a friend with whom we have burned all the together phases. That has a great value.

Massú finishes its salads and, as already coached in the morning, does not know how to kill the time. A park of diversions with gigantic Russian mountains and a golf course they cause they doubt it. We leave to the greens and we continue speaking of Athens.

"The other Chilean sportsmen were very nice. When I arrived, I observed that they had me an enormous faith. We spoke a lot and felt that the hopes of them were in me. Since the first party that were with me. And each time that was tired, looked at al Duck Rodriguez and they were behind, encouraging me", account.

Massú asks sticks of golf for left-handed al to arrive at the court, because plays as if al hit her reverse in the tennis, and spontaneously speaks with an abandonment of admiration of Rodriguez: "Is a great person. He arrived in a moment in which he needed that someone advised me of the life".

-¿What was the best than you left Rodriguez?

-To see the simplest things of way. I complicated me for the grip (the mango) of the racquet and occurs that people with illnesses terminals exists. Helped me a lot in things extradeportivas. I am super timid, different to as I see me in the court. It costs me to speak to a woman, but with the Duck I learned to free me, to engrupir to the mines. When he did not know how to confront something in the life, al he asked him Duck.

Massú places the tee, but failure the three first intents. "After the third, I am a machine", explains.

-Many men praised your phrase "by something I am single", when you were with Luciana Salazar in the summer.

-But if is thus. I am not married, do not I have children. I should give him explanations to nobody. I have clearly what I want. If I am with someone in somewhat serious, happy that all they know that is my girlfriend. And if not, not. Never I have been girlfriends of long relations, by the life that I carry. It has to be given and to me has not been given me.

The golf finishes and Massú not even al walked first pit. Goes hot, but not so much as the previous day. "Encounter fome this sport", reflects. Al following day will travel to New York to be found with Stéfano, the smaller brother that is higher than he. The anniversary of the double gold in Athens will find him today in New Haven preparing a new tournament and thinking about the return to the glory, along the way that says to know.

Choupi
08-22-2005, 02:12 PM
You're welcome NicoFan & Fergie. I have my tickets booked for the semis & the final. If Nico does as well as Gonzo did 3 years ago, I'll see him live! And I'll take heaps of pics and will share them! Promised! ;)

Fergie
08-22-2005, 02:17 PM
You're welcome NicoFan & Fergie. I have my tickets booked for the semis & the final. If Nico does as well as Gonzo did 3 years ago, I'll see him live! And I'll take heaps of pics and will share them! Promised! ;)
Great :D

And thanks for the translation NicoFan! :yeah:

NicoFan
08-22-2005, 02:18 PM
You're welcome NicoFan & Fergie. I have my tickets booked for the semis & the final. If Nico does as well as Gonzo did 3 years ago, I'll see him live! And I'll take heaps of pics and will share them! Promised! ;)

Hope you have a great time! And yes, lots of pictures would be very much appreciated! lol! :) And hope that Fena goes too.

I would love to go to Europe for a tournament this fall but doubt I can do it. :sad: Maybe some year.

Fergie
08-25-2005, 12:01 PM
A Nice interview with Gaby Markus ... Can you translate it NicoFan please?

http://www.latercera.cl/medio/articulo/0,0,3308_5832_156000791,00.html

NicoFan
09-06-2005, 12:14 PM
Article from latercera.cl - love the last line!

Al final Guillermo Coria celebrates to it Marcelo Sales (with the recalled gesture of the "Matador") and jumps the network to give him the hand to Nicolas Massú. The viñamarino does not look it and neither its rival one does it, that leaves running toward the sector where was its technical body to celebrate a suffered triumph. Was the end of a "hot" match, the most long one in the present edition of the U.S. Open, with four hours and 32 minutes of play. A match that could have earned the Chilean, but that finished losing for 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 2-6 and 2-6, with what remained out of the last one Grand Slam of the season.


A stadium Louis Armstrong full saw an exciting match, that included graze among both players, that out of the court always they have had an excellent relation. Nevertheless, yesterday they forgot all kinds of courtesies to offer a match that only was defined in the fifth one set, with a Massú showing physical inconveniences, the ones that were causes of a prohibition among the protagonists.


All went well to the last one set. El Mago remained with the first sleeve al to break in the first play, an advantage that the double Olympic champion managed to revert in the two sets following. The transandino delivered all kinds of licenses with its remove, with a strange one third sleeve in which there were eight break (four for each one) and that was defined in the tie break for Massú. All was served so that the Chilean closed in the fourth one set, but he did not be able.


The viñamarino played the best match of the year. But the physical problems for the national one arrived, who asked the trainer for to be tried in the left thigh. The fifth set began with Massú rengueando. But the Argentine did not believe him and he did him gestures that he was pretending the inconvenience. In the sideways change, between the second and third game, Massú demanded something to Coria and the Argentine, seated in its chair, seemed to tell him that concentrated on its own. The main judge descended of his chair to calm the spirits. From there on el Mago was a lot more fine and he took advantage of the problems of the Chilean, who yielded the decisive sleeve and good-bye said al tournament.


The protagonists continued with the "war" after the match. "Someone of the bank of Massú told me things and he celebrated the points that I he erred". And he shot against Massú. "And good.. Massú already did the same thing to (Nicolas) Lapentti and to (Guillermo) Canes in Düsseldorf. It was prepared to see it renguear and after run all the balls, the transandino said, alluding to that the Chilean was usual to pretend pains.


"I saw an attitude that i did not he like. I asked what happened and he told me 'andá to sit down'. When they do you something thus, the normal thing is that get mad ¿Why al final barely gave me the hand, me did not look at and went? I do not know if will have the clear conscience. I know that I behaved with dignity'', responded the viñamarino.

*Ljubica*
09-06-2005, 04:44 PM
Here's a link to an audio interview with Nico from an Argentine on-line newspaper- http://www.infobae.com/interior/home.html There is an interview with Coria there too :devil:

NicoFan
09-06-2005, 05:45 PM
Here's a link to an audio interview with Nico from an Argentine on-line newspaper- http://www.infobae.com/interior/home.html There is an interview with Coria there too :devil:

Thanks Rosie! I'll listen to it tonight.

Coria... :mad:

Something in the New York air - Nico always seems to have "controversial" matches here. ;) No wonder he always plays in Europe...lol!

french-guru
09-06-2005, 11:01 PM
this does not look friendly :awww: this is the oppisite of friendly.

NicoFan
09-07-2005, 01:49 PM
Short interview with Gaby in latercera that has Nico's schedule for the remainder of the year:

From latercera.cl:

The match that Nicolas Massú did to Guillermo Coria left very calm to Gabriel Markus. "For moments played a great tennis before a great player", the coach of the viñamarino said, who after two weeks of work he feels that progresses have been seen. "I have been able to order the strategy, although he still lacks. Yet it is not perfect physically and one must work in that", says Markus.

And the goals? "Nicolas will play Palermo (clay) and from there tournaments indoors (Metz, Stockholm, Madrid and Paris-Bercy), in which himself does not he feel very to flavor. I want that he finishes well physical and tenísticamente. I hope inside the 40, but the ranking imports less".

NicoFan
09-08-2005, 02:50 PM
Nico's schedule for the remainder of the year:

He is definitely going to Palermo, Metz, Stockholm, Madrid and Paris.

He and Gaby haven't decided on the one between Madrid and Paris - whether he'll go to Basel, Lyon or St. Petersburg.

Buene suerte to NICO!!!!!!!!

NicoFan
09-08-2005, 03:34 PM
Coria is claiming innocence now - from latercera.cl:

The Argentine Guillermo Coria said last night that is "I am not a devil, neither a tarado (?)", in reference to its argument with Nicolas Massú, in their match by the eighth of end of the US Open.


"I am not a devil neither a tarado. I react because they seek me, I am not the bad boy", affirmed the transandino after its rout in the quarterfinals before American Robby Ginepri.


"This year only I had problems with (Lleyton) Hewitt and with Massú. But nobody speaks by what did I react with Nico. The he called al trainer, he did gestures of pain, and suddenly he ran from a side to another, three or four shots... that bothered me a little", explained.


"I was who I mistook myself al to enter his play, and to do him mockery", recognized Coria, who had various crossings of words with Massú in the match that Coria won in five sets, Monday, up to now the most long one of the tournament.


"It was a very tense match", added the Argentine, who yesterday had a correct behavior before Ginepri.


"Always I have carried me very well with Nico, and I have no problem in speaking with him", he responded before the question of if he will ask him excuses, just as the Chilean, al to arrive al country, he said to intend.


Passed Monday, when the fifth one he was initiated set between Massú and Coria, the Argentine simulated a rengueo as mockery by the constant gestures of pain of the Chilean. Before this, the "Vampire" approached the network to ask him its colleague "¿what passes you?", discussion that then contininuó during the rest, when the judge of chair had to intervene.

Sparko1030
09-08-2005, 03:43 PM
Oh poor misunderstood Coria.... :bigcry: Yeah, right.... In yesterday's match with Gineperi Jim Courier(sp) was very critical him and he seems like a fair minded guy to me (unlike Pat Mac). Shame on Nico for having a muscle cramp, calling the trainer and then feeling better. So unbelieveable huh. The first time I watched Coria play I thought this guy is fun to watch but he is such a jerk it doesn't matter. He and Hewitt should start a club for misunderstood jerks of the ATP!

NicoFan
09-08-2005, 03:50 PM
Oh poor misunderstood Coria.... :bigcry: Yeah, right.... In yesterday's match with Gineperi Jim Courier(sp) was very critical him and he seems like a fair minded guy to me (unlike Pat Mac). Shame on Nico for having a muscle cramp, calling the trainer and then feeling better. So unbelieveable huh. The first time I watched Coria play I thought this guy is fun to watch but he is such a jerk it doesn't matter. He and Hewitt should start a club for misunderstood jerks of the ATP!

I used to defend Coria, but no more. I thought that since Carla was so nice, that there had to be something in Coria that we were all missing.

Guess not! lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

I wish that Coria would get his act together, because his game is awesome - should be in the top 5 all the time. He moves so quickly on the court - like you said, its a really fun game to watch.

+alonso
09-12-2005, 01:10 AM
38 direct entries in both Madrid and Paris masters.

Entry list for Madrid was determined by Aug 29 ranking.
Entry list for Paris to be determined by Sep 19 ranking.

That means Nico will have to Qualify for these events.. so sorry for him .. if he plays in Bucharest He'll have some chances but we all know that's not gonna happen..

NicoFan
09-12-2005, 12:45 PM
That means Nico will have to Qualify for these events.. so sorry for him .. if he plays in Bucharest He'll have some chances but we all know that's not gonna happen..

Yes, in some ways, its a shame that he's not playing in Romania. I think he didn't because of the exhibition with the Bryan brothers and now that's not happening. But after seeing him in the Coria match, his body needed the break so it I think worked well.

And Gaby :worship: is back now - these kind of decisions will be made far better in the future. ;)

Worst case scenario - because he does have a lot of points to defend - I'll have to re-add them but I think its like 300 during the Fall season - is that he drops down to 60-65 by the end of the year.

At the very least, I'm hoping he stays in the top 50.

But my wish is that he can end in the top 40.

Fergie
09-12-2005, 12:53 PM
Nico should receive a WC for Madrid :(

NicoFan
09-12-2005, 01:09 PM
Nico should receive a WC for Madrid :(

I had thought about that too because he was a finalist in 2003.

But I think that they will go to all the Spaniards that don't get in the direct entry. :sad:

Fergie
09-12-2005, 01:19 PM
Sure ... We will see some new spanishs losing in first round :p

+alonso
09-12-2005, 06:27 PM
I'm happy :) Coz Nico said "2006 will be the best year of my career" He's very focused on it :p :wooho:

Yeah, Nico should recieve one!! :(

NicoFan
09-12-2005, 06:37 PM
I'm happy :) Coz Nico said "2006 will be the best year of my career" He's very focused on it :p :wooho:
(

I think its going to be a great year too - Gaby is back, and watching Nico in practice during August and especially at the US Open, he is definitely focused and working really really hard!!!

That's our warrior!!! :fiery:

Just love this kid... :) :) :) :) :)

NicoFan
09-12-2005, 06:38 PM
Hey Fergie and Alonso - Nico was supposed to begin practicing again today. Let us know if you hear any news. Thanks!

kidnicky
09-13-2005, 04:51 AM
Yes NicoFan! I'm expecting some news about him returning to practice, I know that I hate when the press is bothering him but is just that I miss him so much!! :sad:

And he should receive a WC to Madrid but anyway, I'm so happy now that he's doing okay and pretty confident, like he said, that the next year will be the best of his career!! :worship:

yeah I know NicoFan, we adore that kid! lol! ;)

Sparko1030
09-13-2005, 05:27 AM
I hope he gets a WC for Madrid also but I do think it says alot about his drive to play the qualies if he has to. I think it was Nicofan who said somewhere that a lot of players in the same situation don't/won't do that. But Nico really seems to have the drive to work his way back up the rankings which is great-he is a warrior! He's got the drive and Gaby back and after his great showing at the USO I think that 2006 will be his best yet. :rocker:

NicoFan
09-13-2005, 02:31 PM
I re-added how many points that Nico has to defend - wow, higher than I thought - around 350 points. Geez its as bad as the Olympic points. I wish now that he had played Romania - even if he picked up only a few points, it would have been something.

But he's in better shape here, Gaby's back, and as long as he can pick up half of them, he'll be sort of okay.

I'm beginning to wonder here that if he doesn't do well in the first 3 tournaments, that he shouldn't play challengers during the weeks of Madrid and Paris rather than qualifying. Would be a bummer for him to have to do challengers again, but points are points no matter where you get them from. Gaby had originally talked about that, but now they are just talking about qualifying - I'm assuming since Nico improved so much and did so well during the US Open.

NicoFan
09-13-2005, 02:39 PM
On the bright side though ;) , in 2006, with the exception of Gstaad, Amersfoort, Kitz, and the US Open, Nico will have like ZERO points to defend all year.

So no matter how far he falls this year....he can only go up in 2006. :)

Sparko1030
09-13-2005, 04:28 PM
So much strategy involved! I know so little I'll just have to trust the decisions they make and again so glad he has Gaby to advise him. And I guess the upside of the first half of this year is that it means no pressure for him at the same time next year so like you said Nicofan his rank can only go up! I guess for the rest of year I just want Nico to be able to play his best where ever that is. :kiss:

NicoFan
09-13-2005, 05:08 PM
I'll just have to trust the decisions they make and again so glad he has Gaby to advise him.

I got bummed about it, and then remembered...Gaby is back! :worship: Don't have to second guess every decision anymore...lol! And feel loca about everything... :eek:

And as long as Nico stays healthy, feels good on the court...practices shirtless... ;) , I'm happy.

Buena suerte NICO! :hug:

GonzoFan
09-13-2005, 06:44 PM
Nico will begin practicing tomorrow (Wendsday)

NicoFan
09-13-2005, 07:09 PM
Nico will begin practicing tomorrow (Wendsday)

Thanks GonzoFan!

Took a couple days more than he originally said...hope that doesn't mean that the problem with his leg during the Coria match was more than he thought it was.

But since he will start practicing again, I assume everything is okay.

And he could have just wanted two more days off! :)

kidnicky
09-13-2005, 08:58 PM
Thanks for the info GonzoFan, at least we know that he'll be practicing tomorrow again and don't worry NicoFan he only needed the extra days off after such an amazing US Open ;)

About the points he has to deffend, I'm not as crazy as I was for the olympics 'cause know that Gaby is back I know that things will be different for Nico, he's not alone anymore and Gaby and him will take good decisions :yeah:

So I'm as confident as Nico is about his future and good things could only happen after all this, that's for sure!! :rolls:

a big VAMOS to Nico!!! :kiss:

Fergie
09-14-2005, 12:48 AM
Nico will have to play the qualy in Madrid :sad:

Sparko1030
09-14-2005, 05:08 AM
Nico will have to play the qualy in Madrid :sad:


:shout: Not the news we wanted to hear. Well, I'm sure Nico will just do what he has to do. From earlier comments he knew this could happen and he would just get on with it.

NicoFan
09-14-2005, 12:34 PM
From latercera.cl:

Nicolas Massú said does a pair of weeks that would not have problems in playing the qualifications of a tournament. After leaving the group of the 50 better tennis players of the world, when could not defend the points of Athens 2004 (22 of August), the viñamarino remained exposed to have that to pass for the qualy of the large year end championships. Yesterday the confirmation of the previous thing for the double Olympic champion arrived, who should dispute the classifications of the Masters Series of Madrid, where was a finalist in 2003.

The tournament is played between the 17 and October 24 and for the income the ranking was considered published August 29, before being initiated the US Open. In this classification, the "Vampire" appeared 58º, what left was it the main picture of the Hispanic contest, where the last one in entering was the Rumanian one Victor Hanescu (40º ATP).

The last time that Massú played the qualy of a tournament was in Long Island, August 16, 2003 , when fell in the first round before Moroccan Hicham Arazi.

Gabriel Markus, his coach, last week said that "if Nicolas has to play the qualies will do it without problems".

The small hope exists that Massú play not the qualifications. "We ask a wild card a time ago and we are expecting. As Telefonica promotes the tournament and is also sponsor of Nicolas would be able to open an option, but is difficult, however much have been finalist two years ago", said Manuel Massú, father of the player.

The situation for the second national racquet would be able to repeat in Paris-Bercy (31 of October). For the income al last Masters Series of the season will be taken into account the ranking of September 12, where the viñamarino elevated al place 48º thanks to its action in the Open one U.S. (eighth of end). Nevertheless this advance not him serviriía of a lot, therefore the French contest closes practically in the same place that Madrid, for which al Chilean would neither reach him to be jumped the classifications.

Begins the practices

During the morning of today Massú will begin the practices in the court central of the National Stadium for the match set against Pakistan, after a week of rest in Santiago.

Tomorrow will join with the training Fernando González and Friday will be the official presentation of the team that seeks to return al World Group.

NicoFan
09-14-2005, 04:24 PM
Nico has a cold so couldn't practice today.

Get well soon NICO!

From latercera.cl:

The first day of practices of the Chilean Davis Cup team was not of the all auspicious. Al Court Central of the National Stadium only they arrived the captain of the team, Hans Gildemeister, and the two invited tennis players, Felipe Stop and Jorge Aguilar.


The great absence of the day was Nicolas Massú, who he deferred for tomorrow their income to the practices due to a flu state that affects it.


Gildemeister, in every case, ruled out that this situation can generate some objection in the training. “Nicolas is taking some medicines and still a little weak he is found. He has a little cold. We prefer that he rest today and tomorrow comience the practices with Fernando (González)”, he commented the national captain.


In this way, the two better singlistas of the country will begin together tomorrow his training in Chile, a day before him arranged by the captain Gildemeister, therefore Fernando González had also reported that he had personal objections to be added before on Thursday to the works.


The other two members of the team are Paul Capdeville and Adrián Garcia, who they are found playing a challenger in Orleans, France. Garcia lost yesterday and Capdeville plays tomorrow in the picture of singles, although both will face today a party of double. According to it reported by Hans, both players will travel al country barely termienn their participation in the tournament.


Today in the night, in the meantime, they arrive at Chile the team of Pakistan, rival of Chile in the clash of the 23, 24 and 25 of September. The visiting assembly, nevertheless, does not arrive with the number one Aisam Qureshi, who will be integrated recently Friday.

Fergie
09-14-2005, 10:10 PM
Poor Nico, get well soon! :hug:

+alonso
10-03-2005, 11:37 PM
Massú: "Me equivoqué dos veces y perdí el match"

Triste por la derrota de primera ronda en el ATP de Metz evidenció estar el tenista nacional Nicolás Massú, quien manifestó que a pesar del resultado sintió que jugó bien ante un complicado rival.

"Me sentí muy bien, jugue muy bien. La verdad es que nadie quiere jugar con Agustín en el tour ya que es muy impredecible en sus tiros. Me encontré con un jugador con un nivel superior al que pensé", estimó el "vampiro".

Sobre el partido mismo, Massú indicó que quedó satisfecho con su actuación, donde sólo se equivocó en dos oportunidades que en definitiva le costaron el pleito.

"Hace tiempo que no jugaba bastante bien y a veces hay que saber perder. No estoy tranquilo, estoy un poco triste porque perdí dos o tres veces y por eso perdi el partido", sentenció la segunda raqueta nacional.

En las próximas semanas, Nicolás Massú jugará los torneos de Estocolmo, Madrid, Basilea y Paris, con el objetivo de finalizar de mejor manera la actual temporada.
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Massu :"I made some mistakes and I lost match"
Sad by the defeat of first round in the ATP of Metz demonstrated to be the national tennis player Nicholas Massú, who showed that in spite of the result he felt that he played well before a complicated rival. "I felt very good on court". The truth is that nobody wants to play with Agustín in tour since is very unpredictable in its shots. I was with a player with a level superior to which pense ' ", the "vampire" considered. On the same party, Massú indicated that it was satisfied with his performance, where was only mistaken on two ocassions that really they cost the lawsuit to him. "For a long time that it did not play enough good and sometimes is necessary to know how to lose. I am not calm, I am a little sad because I lost two or three times and for that reason perdi the party ", sentenced the second national racket. In the next weeks, Nicholas Massú will play the matches of Stockholm, Madrid, Basel and Paris, with the objective to finalize of better way the present season.

Sparko1030
10-04-2005, 12:29 AM
:hug: to Nico. You rock Nico! :rocker2:

+alonso
10-04-2005, 05:54 PM
Masters Series
NICOLÁS MASSÚ COMPETIRÁ EN ENCUESTA POR UNA INVITACIÓN AL TORNEO DE MADRID

Massú llegó a la final el 2003
El chileno, junto al español Alberto Martín, el estadounidense James Blake y el francés Gael Monfils pugnan por un wild card, el cual se entregará por una votación popular que organiza un prestigioso diario español. (TERRA.cl/ Agencias)

MADRID, octubre 04.- Como el actual ranking (47°) no le permitirá ingresar directamente el Masters Series de Madrid, el tenista chileno Nicolás Massú (finalista en 2003) podría obtener una invitación si gana una novedosa iniciativa.

Y es que el certamen entregará un wild card al tenista que consiga más votos en una encuesta que organiza por cuarto año consecutivo el diario Marca.

Además del chileno, los candidatos que compiten por la votación son el español Alberto Martín, el estadounidense James Blake y el francés Gael Monfils.

En el 2003, el viñamarino cayó en la final del torneo madrileño ante el español Juan Carlos Ferrero, cuando el “Mosquito” era el número uno del mundo (6-3, 6-4 y 6-3).

En ese certamen, el campeón olímpico cumplió una de sus actuaciones más notables, dejando el camino a jugadores de la talla de Gustavo Kuerten (en ese tiempo 20° del mundo) y Andy Roddick (2° del mundo en el 2003).

En tanto, los tenistas españoles Fernando Verdasco y Albert Costa recibieron las otras dos invitaciones para el torneo que comenzará el próximo 15 de octubre en el pabellón Madrid Arena del Recinto Ferial de la Casa de Campo

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I can't translate it now.. but Nico will be in a poll and the winner will earn a WC for the MD in Madrid :woohoo:
Let's vote for nico!!!

NicoFan
10-04-2005, 06:07 PM
Here's the translation:

The Chilean, together al Spanish Alberto Martin, the American one James Blake and the French one Gael Monfils fight for a wild card, which will be delivered for a popular voting that organizes a prestigious Spanish newspaper. (TERRA.cl/ Agencies)

MADRID, October 04.- As the present one ranking (47°) will not permit him to enter directly the Masters Series of Madrid, the Chilean tennis player Nicolas Massú (finalist in 2003) would be able to obtain an invitation if earns a novel initiative.

And the fact is that the contest will deliver a wild card al tennis player that obtain more votes in a survey that organizes for fourth consecutive year the newspaper Mark.

Besides the Chilean, the candidates that compete for the voting are Spanish Alberto Martin, the American James Blake and the French Gael Monfils.

In the 2003, the viñamarino fell in the end of the of Madrid tournament before Spanish Juan Carlos Ferrero, when the “Mosquito” was the number one of the world (6-3, 6-4 and 6-3).

In that contest, the Olympic champion complied one of its more notable actions, leaving the road to players of the size of Gustavo Kuerten (in that time 20° of the world) and Andy Roddick (2° of the world in the 2003).

In the meantime, the Spanish tennis players Fernando Verdasco and Albert Coast they received the other two invitations for the tournament that will begin the next one 15 of October.

NicoFan
10-04-2005, 06:08 PM
Latercera is saying to go to www.marca.com, click on Tenis so you can vote.

Maybe I'm going blind...lol!...but I'm not seeing it.

Once we can figure it out, I'll (or whoever sees it first) can start a new thread asking everyone to vote for NICO!

I've asked KidNicky to look at the page (since its in Spanish) and see if I'm missing something. But I really can't see where to vote. I can see on the first page where to vote for something on Real Madrid, but nada on where to vote for Nicolas.

+alonso
10-04-2005, 06:10 PM
I looked and nothing.. i think we will have to wait for the poll..:sad:

+alonso
10-04-2005, 06:10 PM
anyways if i find something i'll tell you asap ;)

NicoFan
10-04-2005, 06:11 PM
I looked and nothing.. i think we will have to wait for the poll..:sad:

Gracias Alonso!!!! - we'll have to keep checking there.

At least I'm not going blind - and thought my spanish language skills were good enough to pick out a poll! lol!!!!!!!!!

NicoFan
10-04-2005, 06:13 PM
BTW - everyone in Chile has to vote for Nico once this poll comes out - there's millions and millions and millions of votes right there!!! lol!!!!!!!

kidnicky
10-04-2005, 06:25 PM
Well I just read about the poll and checked the site but like both of you said "nada" so we have to be checking this everyday and when the poll is out start voting like crazy :silly:

So everyone in everywhere has to vote!!!! Don't worry I'm trained in this and I can vote like millions of times everyday :lol:

Vote for Nico yeay!!! :yeah:

NicoFan
10-04-2005, 06:37 PM
Don't worry I'm trained in this and I can vote like millions of times everyday :lol:

Vote for Nico yeay!!! :yeah:

I'm going to make everyone in my department vote and all my friends and relatives.....I'll make everyone loco about it... ;)

James is going to be the tough one to beat. With his come back story, all those Americans who will vote.

So we'll just have to try double hard... :)

kidnicky
10-04-2005, 07:14 PM
I'm going to make everyone in my department vote and all my friends and relatives.....I'll make everyone loco about it... ;)

James is going to be the tough one to beat. With his come back story, all those Americans who will vote.

So we'll just have to try double hard... :)


I'll do the same thing, although like I told you, I'm trained in that and I can vote hundreds of times everyday ;)

Maybe James will be tough but no offense, the american fans are not as crazy as the latin fans!!! So if this poll will be "fair", we'll give to Nico that wild card!! :rocker2:

Vote for Nico!!!!

NicoFan
10-20-2005, 01:51 AM
I hope this is true - I'm really worried about him... :sad:

From latercera.cl:

Calm in spite of the last four losses in the first round of the tournaments in which has participated, the national tennis player was shown Nicolas Massú, who indicated that he is not necessary to do so much emphasis to the situation, therefore quick he will have again good results.

The second national racquet was shown a little uncomfortable by the reaction of the national media, in the sense to give him a greater cover to its last actions.

"Not one must put him so much color neither, I believe that they put him more color of what is. Myself am more calm than nobody and when return my level I am going to win again", indicated the "vampire" al program Al Air Free of Cooperative Radio.

Of the same form, the Olympic champion indicated that in spite of the bad results itself there is not low, owed al difficult year that has touched him to face.

"I am for nothing low, to the contrary I take the things in positive form. It is thus win or is lost, has been a difficult year for me for all the injuries that have had and I expect to return with all the next year, but I am very calm", finalized.

Massú will begin the next week its participation in the Basil Open, tournament where should defend 110 units by to have arrived at the semifinals in the previous version.

NicoFan
10-20-2005, 02:10 AM
He's calm, and I'm stressed...lol!

And he's out having fun at a Real Madrid game while I'm worried about him! ;)

Well, he's obviously waiting for next year to comeback so Nico sweetie do the best you can for the next two tournaments.

Love ya! :hug: :hug: :hug:

This boy is going to make me completely loca... ;)

From Radio Cooperativa:

Since the box of the Stadium "Santiago Bernabéu", the viñamarino relativized its badly moment and said that "no one must put him so much color" with its consecutive routs in initial phases, included the Masters Series of Madrid.

The Chilean one Nicolas Massú (49º) criticized the emphasis that it he has been given to his badly moment tenístico, reflected in four consecutive routs in the first round of different tournaments, and even he compared him with a similar gust of wind of the American Andy Roddick (3º).

In dialogue with Al Air Free in Cooperative since the box of the Stadium "Santiago Bernabéu", where witnessed the victory of Real Madrid before Rosenborg by the League of Champions, Massú indicated that he does not worry especially the negative path by the one that has traveled during September and October in the circuit ATP.

"No one must put him so much color neither, I believe that they put him more color of what is. Myself am more calm than anybody and when return my level I am going to win again. They are three match (N. of the R: are four), Roddick has lost three first rounds and nobody speaks of Roddick, but in Chile he is spoken a lot that I have lost in the first rounds", maintained.

Massú lost in the premiere of Palermo, Metz, Stockholm and the Masters Series of Madrid, while the American aimed by the number two of Chile fell three times in the début in the last four contests disputed (Montreal, US Bid for and Madrid), although in the middle arrived at the end in the is Super Nine of Cincinnati.

The viñamarino assured that is very calm and confident in which will take up again its better level in 2006.

"I am for nothing low, to the contrary I take the things in positive form. It is thus earns or is lost, has been a difficult year for me for all the wounds that have had and I expect to return with all the next year, but I am very calm", affirmed.

Its optimism is based also in the good work that said to be complying with his coach, the Argentine Gabriel Markus.

"Very calm with that, by the team that I have by my side and to give him for ahead not more, thinking about the two tournaments that remain", indicated.

By way of balance, Massú justified its irregular season to the physical problems that had and emphasized that in spite of that continues put among the 60 first of the world.

"Him it cannot be asked to a human being that with an operation and a serious injury in the ankle can be in perfect conditions. But any tournament in which I played well in all the year, or more or less well, I believe that shows the level in which I can play. Being maintained among the 60 of the world with three or four tournaments is not easy", he assured.

The Olympic champion will play the next week in Basil and only in case of arrive not at semifinals will be able to dispute the classifications of the Masters Series of Paris-Bercy, since by try not a contest of greater category that the Swiss tournament, cannot opt to a special exempt.

The other option for Massú would be to expect that run the list to enter directly al main picture. (Cooperative.cl)

Fergie
10-20-2005, 02:22 AM
I don't like too much this words ... I miss our fighter boy, who looked angry when loses a match :sad:

Now seems like Nico feel good only playing, without mattering if he does it well or badly

NicoFan
10-20-2005, 11:58 AM
I don't like too much this words ... I miss our fighter boy, who looked angry when loses a match :sad:

Now seems like Nico feel good only playing, without mattering if he does it well or badly

I know...I thought the same thing too.

Its like he's just playing out the year. :sad:

And that's not good.

I miss our fighter too!!!

I guess he's satisified to end up 60+ for the year - and that makes me sad too.

Though in his defense - he's been through so much this year. There's just so much mental stress a person can take before they either go loco or have to walk away for a bit. And I'd rather see him walk away for a bit than go loco.

*Ljubica*
10-20-2005, 12:13 PM
Well I am back home now and back at work :sad: , and the only thing I can add to your comments from my own experiences, is that Nico did look very sad after the Chela match :sad: - but not at all angry - more resigned to the loss if you see what I mean. I happened to be walking out of the door at the Hotel when he was coming back in on Monday afternoon - his head was down and he didn't look up or smile at anyone around like he usually does - he just kind of shuffled past me and my friend and obviously looked like he wanted to be left alone :sad: He wasn't with Ganby - strangely enough he seemed to have travelled back to the Hotel from the venue with Chucho Acasuso and his coach - but they were chattering and laughing together and Nico didn't seem to be "with threm" if you see what I mean - probably just shared a lift back because they all wanted to leave at the same time. He had certainly stayed at the Venue a long time after the match finished because I was already back at the Hotel and had eaten some food before he returned. I would like to see the fighter back too - it was sad to see. Anyway - sorry to be depressing - i had better finish my lunch and do some work now - starting earning some money for me next tennis trip.

NicoFan
10-20-2005, 12:52 PM
Thanks Rosie.

I didn't think that Nico was as "calm" as he claims. He usually downplays his problems to the press. In one way I like it because he doesn't offer excuses as to his losses.

I think that he's pretty demoralized right now by everything that has happened this year. And really who can blame him? It has been a very shitty year for him.

And that stuff about once he gets back in form that he'll win - that's probably something that Gaby and his dad are telling him to keep him upbeat. And its true. He will be back.

He needs to go home, relax, and regroup with Gaby.

And the guys pick up rides when they can. Gaby might have been working with someone else - I know that he did at the US Open.

And now I'm very worried about him all over again. He is upset.

Poor Nico. :hug: :hug: :hug:

And here I was being hard on him yesterday...shame on me... :sad:

*Ljubica*
10-20-2005, 02:21 PM
Thanks Rosie.

I didn't think that Nico was as "calm" as he claims. He usually downplays his problems to the press. In one way I like it because he doesn't offer excuses as to his losses.

I think that he's pretty demoralized right now by everything that has happened this year. And really who can blame him? It has been a very shitty year for him.

And that stuff about once he gets back in form that he'll win - that's probably something that Gaby and his dad are telling him to keep him upbeat. And its true. He will be back.

He needs to go home, relax, and regroup with Gaby.

And the guys pick up rides when they can. Gaby might have been working with someone else - I know that he did at the US Open.

And now I'm very worried about him all over again. He is upset.

Poor Nico. :hug: :hug: :hug:

And here I was being hard on him yesterday...shame on me... :sad:

Don't be sad - sorry to have upset you. I am sure he will be fine by now.

NicoFan
10-20-2005, 02:28 PM
Don't be sad - sorry to have upset you. I am sure he will be fine by now.

I wanted to good rep you for updating us for the last couple of weeks but it says that I have to spread the good reps around first...lol!

I'm just worried about Nico - I feel so bad for him knowing that he's upset.

But I'm sure he is fine by now...he doesn't seem to hold on to these things for long.

Just wish he'd get some wins. Even one before the end of the year - it would probably make a big difference.

kidnicky
10-20-2005, 03:15 PM
Yes Rosie, thanks again for the reports in the past weeks, is not your fault that Nico was sad.

and you're right NicoFan, I'm sure that he's fine by now, it's been a tough year for him and I'm sure that he'll be back the next year.

So Vamos Nico!!! Buena suerte the next weeks, it would be lovely that he could get some wins before the year is over, not for us just for him.

Love ya Nico :hug:

*Ljubica*
10-20-2005, 05:42 PM
Thanks guys :hug: - the people over here are so friendly and welcoming and I really enjoy my visits to Nico's Forum. I am sure he will start winning soon - and then when he does - he will never stop.................... :)

Fergie
10-21-2005, 12:21 AM
An interview to Gaby here, if someone can translate it please: http://www.emol.com/noticias/deportes/detalle/detallenoticias.asp?idnoticia=198995

NicoFan
10-21-2005, 12:45 AM
Hey Rosie - Thanks! We aim to please ;) And Nico's nice so his fans s/b too! lol! Hope you're right about his winning...I think so too! Especially with Gaby in control.

Speaking of Gaby: here's the translation for the article (what does "pulir" mean - didn't translate).

The Argentine Gabriel Markus bets on to return Nicolas Massú to the first plan of the world tennis in 2006, in its second phase as the coach of the Chilean player.

"It would interest me to see him among the 20 first, and I believe that it is possible", said today Markus to DPA in Madrid, where Massú fell in the first round this week.

Markus, that was again the coach of Massú in August, after a pause of approximately a year, he trusts in the potential of the Chilean, that came be number nine of the world in September of 2004.

The Argentine received a player "totally without confidence, disorderly in the play and anxious by obtaining results". Massú he was separated of the Patricio Rodriguez in May of this year.

Therefore now he aims at "the emotional regularity". "Nico has many ups and downs, therefore is important that be more orderly in the calendar, is important to rest, that he listens to me as for the planning of the year", explained.

That is him more important so that Markus relance the career of the double medalist of Olympic gold, because in him coach believes that only there are details that pulir.

"I have to try that take confidence in the reverse, and that take advantage of more its remove, that is good", added.

The Argentine recognized that the pressure that bears Massú is from time to time very strong: "In Chile they criticize them a lot, because only there are two players. They are too much slope of them, and that at times affects the player".

+alonso
10-21-2005, 01:23 AM
True!! :yeah:

Vamos Nico! You have potential man!
I'm certainly sure I'm going to see Nico next year way better than this one! I want him to grow up as a player more and more.. :yeah:
VAMOS NICOLAS!! You have my support :p

Fergie
10-21-2005, 03:14 AM
I'm waiting for better things in the next season ... Vamos Nico!

NicoFan
10-21-2005, 12:38 PM
Therefore now he aims at "the emotional regularity". "Nico has many ups and downs, therefore is important that be more orderly in the calendar, is important to rest, that he listens to me as for the planning of the year", explained.

Por favor Nico - please please please listen to Gaby and do whatever Gaby tells you to do...please...I know you will, just want to make sure... ;)

Love ya Nico... :hug:

french-guru
10-22-2005, 01:04 AM
Hopefully things will get better for Nico :)

NicoFan
10-24-2005, 02:30 PM
Interview with Nico's dad.

From latercera.cl:

The unique thing that wants at this time Nicolas Massú is that finish of a good time this 2005 harmful. They remain so alone two tournaments (Basel and Paris-Bercy). A year plagued by injuries and where the bad news have abounded besides the good. But already does not it remain anything and is therefore same that the national player already plans the next season, in which expects to recover the land lost.

Sponsors

Telefonica it carries various years as the main one sponsor main of the viñamarino. And in December expires the contract, for which they will have to begin the negotiations among the parts to see what happens. The fall in the classification (is almost a fact that will finish the year out of the 50 better) would be able to damage it, nevertheless Manuel Massú, father and representative, thinks that this will not affect.

"They know what weighs Nicolas and all the physical problems that has had this year. The ranking of Nicolas is a liar and all we are sure that the next year will change the situation, because will not have anything that to defend", explained. Unofficially the contract between Massú and the business of telecommunications is for US$ 100 thousand annual.

With the remainder of his sponsors, the theme does not worry. "With Adidas and Babolat there is contract in force and with Stores Paris extends to the 2006, although there is an option to give it for finished in order to year. But it is something conversable", added Massú father.

In another aspect, the advisors of the Olympic champion already plan the 2006. Already it is a fact that after playing in Paris-Bercy (finalizes November 6), the player will have three weeks of holidays. The first week of December will initiate the pre-season in Buenos Aires, next to his coach Gabriel Markus.

"He is not considered to play exhibitions and all will be centered in arriving well al start of the year that will be in Auckland and later in the Australian Open". And on the other hand will be avoided to make mistakes that yes were assumed for this year.

"Special emphasis in the making of the calendar was put, because for example now should not go to Palermo and should leave immediately in indoor. They are things that itself they cannot be repeated", added Manuel Massú.

Besides, the Chilean will work the aspect psychologist, with a specialist in the capital of Argentina. "Nicolas has been submitted to a lot of pressure and that comes him affecting in its play. Him it is seen pressured, because in the technical part and physics is well. If in the training does not show problems, but yes when does it for the points", added the representative of the viñamarino.

NicoFan
10-24-2005, 02:31 PM
Interview with Hans in latercera.cl:

From latercera.cl:

No matter how more its performance in the last tournaments frighten to various, I am not worried about what Nicolas Massu is living. And the reason is simple: before has been in similar situations and always managed to do well with success. It suffices to recall what suffered in the 2003 and how al following year was transformed into idol al to obtain the medals in Athens and to complete its better season as the professional.

When a player crosses low moments he should appeal to his effort and courage and the Nico he has him to spare. I know that next to Gabriel Markus, his coach, he will worry to do a good pre-season. One must leave behind the last period and to be concentrate on what comes. Clearly, I hope that in the two tournaments that reduces him to play obtain triumphs, only to take up again something of the confidence loss. Although in reality this faith in itself only recovers coaching and with many hours of tennis.

As the captain of Cup Davis touched me to realize that to Massú is an example at the moment of to coach. In fact, before playing against Pakistan, asked me to be remained more time in the practices, to perfect its blows. That it is the attitude that expect of him now, since if did not yield this year was only by the injury that suffered at the principle of the season.

Keys will be the first tournaments that confront in 2006. Auckland, the Australian Open and Vina del Mar, they can mark the return of the true one Nicolas. I have conversed personally with him and Fernando González and both tell myself that they will arrive in the best form to the Davis Cup match against Slovakia, by the first round of the World Group. It is seen that they are anxious, with desires to face to the possible champions of 2005.

Before closing this column, wanted to stop me in another theme: the Cup Petrobras that this week is played. I think that will be the great opportunity so that Chile see in action to the other members of the team of Cup Davis. I expect that Paul Capdeville and Adrián Garcia they show their advances and plunge points. Would be ideal.

NicoFan
10-24-2005, 03:02 PM
What Nico's dad said about Nico doing well in practice and can't do it on the court - so true. When I watched Nico in practices during the summer, he would be doing so well...and then he would get on to the courts, adn look so tentative and lack confidence. Especially for the match against Tim - I thought from practice that he was going to kick Tim's butt the entire match - but got out there, and one break, and he looked like the world had ended. Didn't stop trying, but just looked devastated.

Hopefully the sports psychologist will help.

kidnicky
10-24-2005, 05:48 PM
oh! who could be the sport psychologist :drool: although I wouldn't help him too much, 'cause I would be spoiling him always and actually I kind of need a psychologist for myself ha ha! :silly:

He'll be back, I know NicoFan !! Vamos sweetie! :hug:

NicoFan
10-24-2005, 06:45 PM
Lol KN!!! We would spoil him.

So proud of him :hug: - he's doing everything we hoped that he would do - getting right back to work after a short vacation, getting help, obviously listening to Gaby. Gaby...thank goodness he's back! :worship:

Sparko1030
10-25-2005, 12:26 AM
All good news! I know Nico will work this out and I will add my thanks to Gaby also as I don't know that some of these decisions would be made without him there.

NicoFan
10-25-2005, 06:56 PM
Why does the Chilean press pick on my poor Nico... :confused:

Now they are complaining that because he had a bad year, the guys won't classify for World Cup in Dusseldorf. Of course they fail to say its because of 3 injuries that he had a bad year.

And they even put it in the article for his match tomorrow. From latercera.cl: "The viñamarino will try to cut a negative gust of wind of four consecutive losses in the first round, that have it far from the first places of the ranking ATP and with the Chilean team with scarce chances to classify to Düsseldorf. "

No compassion. :mad:

Just like in Cincy when Nico was so upset that they were more worried about his ranking than about how he was healing physically.

No wonder he gets upset with it all.

We love you though Nico... :hug:

french-guru
10-25-2005, 10:19 PM
I can't believe the things that are happening to Nico, things have to get better!

NicoFan
11-02-2005, 12:12 PM
Interview with Nico's dad in lun.com after loss to Max:

The defeat given by the Belorussian Max Mirnyi closed the discreet season of the viñamarino, who added its sixth consecutive defeat in the first round of a tournament.


Nicolas Massú could not have yesterday a worse closing of season: the viñamarino wanted to be compensated in Paris of five consecutive defeats in the first round, but the power of Max Mirnyi was too much for his pretensions, being said good-bye thus of the last one Masters Series of the season, delivering the suit by a double one 6/2.


With this reverse, the medalist of gold in Athens 2004 closed this season with a registration of 18 victories against 22 falls, of which eleven were in the initial phase of a tournament. With it he equalized his worse gust of wind of negative starts, which dates from the 2001 when also fell consecutively six times of a total of 14 premieres without victories. Besides, and al the same as that year, did not win a title.


"The Nico should rest and to give return the leaf. The injuries complicated him during great part of the year and that impeded him to carry out an adequate pre-season. That be alarming, but I would be worried if its badly performance was for lack of tennis and that, fortunately, has not been thus", analyzed Manuel Massú, father of the sportsman.


"Besides Nicolas carried out a great effort in the 2004: won a pair of titles and succeeded in the Olympics, in singles and in double. That effort passed the account and they came the fracture by stress in the foot, a slipped disc and an injury to the groin. Also I believe that we hurried in the recovery of some of them, removing him continuity to his play", added Mr. Manuel.


It is the opinion that the mother of the tennis player, Sonia Fried, reaffirmed last night in the television program "The last temptation" of Chilevisión. "I believe that Nicolas initiated very quick the season, without taking into account the theme of the wounds. He thought that he could be well, but he made a very large mistake, because later he had one injury after another, that him signficaron to be six months stopped".


In the Parisian court, the Belorussian was a superior al national, who with the rout of yesterday he will finish the 2005 beyond the set of pigeonholes 65 of the ATP. "Sure that was a very hard match, because besides the pressure that himself autoimpone the Nico, Mirnyi he is strong in fast surfaces as this", Massu's dad said.


-¿Nicolas should be concentrated now in the next season?


-Yes. The best is that come immediately and take some good holidays. It needs to rest before being begin to plan what will be the 2006. The good thing is that my son has a lot of claw to do well after these falls and I am sure that the next year will be his, therefore physically is found better and will not have to defend so many points.

DhammaTiger
11-03-2005, 12:03 AM
Thank you for posting the article NicoFan.I wish Nico Massu a good rest and rehabilitation from his injuries. I also wish and hope tat next year will be injury free and will see Nico back to his winning ways, and will end the year in the top ten. Meanwhile, I hope and wish that Nico Massu and all his loved ones, and all his fans, will be happy, safe and free from suffering this year and always. Thank you and see you next year.

NicoFan
11-03-2005, 03:30 PM
Nico is home!!! And wow, he is serious about 2006. Is only take 2 1/2 weeks for vacation. Will start training again on 11/21 and go to Buenas Aires on 11/28.

From latercera.cl:

A balance of what was its action in the season that recently finalized, carried out this late one the national tennis player Nicolas Massú, who explained that the complications tenísticas arose for the constant injuries that suffered from end of 2004.

"The year was difficult. All began the 2004 when I had a problem with a hernia for which I had to have operated on. I was five months stopped without doing nothing and then it cost myself a lot to return", indicated the racquet number two of Chile.

Of the same form, Massú reiterated that each championship that had to confront, was full of difficulties, what him did not they permit to arrive from good form al final of the season.

"Always I was playing with problems, lacked me to win more matches and thus the end of year arrived and in this type of surfaces (hard) rhythm is needed more and I was not with confidence. I had a full year of difficulties and I did the best than I was able and passed what had to happen", assured the "Vampire".

On the processing of his injuries, Massú indicated that "I made no mistake, I did everything that was al reach of my hand", assuring that to half of season had his better action (Amestfoort, Kitzbuhel, US Open and Gstaad).

The viñamarino will initiate its pre-season November 21 and the 28 will begin to coach splits it tenística, the surest thing in Buenos Aires, for later begin the season in the tournaments of Auckland and in the Australian Open.

In the meantime, in which concerns al clash by Davis Cup before Slovakia, Massú indicated that one must seek a court that favor the pretenciones national, but does not have a preference marked.

"If it is in Vina del Mar would be happy because I am of there, but if is in La Serena or Rancagua would also be good to carry the tennis to those cities for the first time", finalized.

NicoFan
11-03-2005, 03:45 PM
dtiger - you have a great offseason also!!

But looks like our Nico is going to have a short offseason. Hope he has a great vacation - he deserves it.

NicoFan
11-03-2005, 03:51 PM
More of interview from terra.cl - this is more about Coria:

The “Vampire” arrived this morning al country, putting an end to a season where him went not well product of multiple wounds. In national floor put final point to its discussion with the Argentine tennis player. “It is clear that I am not going to go to eat with him, but if touches me to coach do not I have problems in doing it”, maintained. (TERRA.cl)

SANTIAGO, November 03.- The second national racquet, Nicolas Massú, spoke again from Guillermo Coria, Argentine player with the one that had a strong crossing of words in the past US Open, and said that among them “there is not problems”. The viñamarino, that this morning to Santiago arrived putting an end to an irregular season, wanted to put thus final point to a matter that him does not please to touch too much.

“Never I had problems with Guillermo. It is more, our relation was always very good except for what happened in the United States. In that tournament a lot of the attention called me to his attitude”, maintained.

It added that “is clear that I am not going to go to eat with him, but if touches me to coach do not I have problems in doing it. In the US Open he carried himself badly, but I insist that in him personal I believe to have objections with nobody in the circuit”.

It consulted by them you said of Fernando González on El Mago (to whom qualified as “the player less wanted of the circuit”), Massú said that “that they should resolve it among them, just as I spoke with Coria… does not treat that Guillermo does have not friends, simply that all the people are mistaken”.

Clearly that that was not the only matter that treated the “Vampire” in its chat with the press. It confirmed that will be of holidays to November 28, date in which will be transferred to Buenos Aires to initiate its pre-season looking al 2006.

“If I do a good preparation and me not the injuries they pursue I am going to be again among the better of the world. With Gabriel Markus we are very well, despite the last results, and now all is focused in the next year”, commented.

NicoFan
11-03-2005, 03:53 PM
And now I hope they leave our Nico alone until the start of 2006 (and so I can get some work done! lol!).

+alonso
11-03-2005, 04:30 PM
He looks so funny with his mustache :lol:

Sparko1030
11-03-2005, 04:40 PM
Sounds like Nico knows what he has to do. That is very positive! Hope he has some fun before training again but I have a feeling that won't be a problem. And Alonso-where is this picture of Nico??? I can't miss pic of Nico even if his mustache looks funny??? Dtiger-I hope the same for you during the offseason. :wavey: Nicofan-get to work for goodness sake!!! ;)

(Oh, and lol on Nico and Coria not dining together! Nico still has his sense of humor!)

NicoFan
11-03-2005, 04:44 PM
Here's more from Radio Cooperativa - and thanks for yelling at me Sparko! I knew there would be Nico news today so built it into my schedule....lol! And I want to see a picture with just a mustache - he always has a mustache with his goatee but not just only a mustache.

Nicolas Massú: "I will be again among the better of the world" The tennis player arrived al country to initiate its period of holidays and indicated that the lean end of year that had will be erased with a good physical work of pre-season and a careful planning.

The six consecutive routs in the first round that harvested in the end of the season left Nicolas Massú very badly stopped. In fact the next week will leave the group of the 60 better than the System of Entrance of the ATP. All badly, although the doblecampéon Olympic believes that with a good pre-season and a calendar well structured will manage to will know again of triumphs.

"If I do a good preparation and if me not the injuries they pursue I am going to be again among the better of the world. With Gabriel Markus (his coach) we are very well, despite the last results, and now all is focused in the next year", maintained Massú to its arrival al country to initiate a period two weeks of holidays.

Massú indicated that will take care of in detail its calendar 2006: "When one is inside the 10 or 20 better than the world all is easy because one does the calendar, but when they are further back is more complicated. By something I am not going to play the first week (of January), I am going to plan a lot better, to take rest and to aim at the large tournaments"

The injuries pursued to Massú during all the season and for the viñamarino was decisive: "Was a complicated year, all began when I had problems in the groin a year ago behind, then came an operation in the foot (left), another pain in the ankle of the same leg... I was five pull without physical work. It cost me to return... to half of year I had my better tennis (where reached semifinals in Gstaad and Kitzbuhel), with an only correct performance, and in order to season I did not have neither confidence neither rhythm".

"I would not like to say this, but I played all the year with inconveniences, I was not never calm. I did everything that I was able. I made no mistake... the sportsmen pass for high and low. In fact, in all the tournaments I visited al doctor... never I had the same force neither the agility of before. They are things that add... did not I have pre-season and a sportsman knows that that weighs a lot of", added.

On the setting for the collision of Cup Davis of February of 2006 before Czech Republic, Massú shoed itself indifferent: "Is a theme that should handle the Confederacy of Tennis, what is important is that play itself sea level and in that sense we should seek the best for us".

Massú will initiate its pre-season November 21, will play an exhibition in Uruguay the 29 and 30 of November, and will debut in the circuit in Auckland (New Zealand) January 9. (Cooperative.cl)

NicoFan
11-03-2005, 04:47 PM
(Oh, and lol on Nico and Coria not dining together! Nico still has his sense of humor!)

BTW - love his sense of humor - very dry. Hard to get if you haven't watched him for awhile.

NicoFan
11-03-2005, 05:24 PM
OMG OMG OMG!!!

You should see the pictures of his press conference!!!

There goes studying for the day! lol!!!!

I can't concentrate after seeing these pictures...if he was any cuter...lol!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's the link, and I'll put some of them in the pictures thread.

http://www.terra.cl/deportes/index.cfm?id_reg=554031&accion=tenis

Sparko1030
11-03-2005, 06:21 PM
OMG OMG OMG!!!

You should see the pictures of his press conference!!!

There goes studying for the day! lol!!!!

I can't concentrate after seeing these pictures...if he was any cuter...lol!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's the link, and I'll put some of them in the pictures thread.

http://www.terra.cl/deportes/index.cfm?id_reg=554031&accion=tenis

:lol: better luck with that tomorrow Nicofan!

NicoFan
11-06-2005, 11:04 PM
Here's the article that go with the "biker" pictures! LOL!

From lun.com

"With these sure photos that we are going to break it. Already it was bored middle with those typical that take me in the court, al side of the network", comments Nicolas Massú while runs between its piece and the mirror that communicates the dining room, provided of eccentric t-shirts for the unscripted photographic session. And the vedette of this interview is not the tennis player viñamarino dressed of rock artist but a small silver motorcycle that adorns the living room of his department.

The joyita in question, a production Harley-Davidson style machine limited that can run to 50 kilometers for hour, has dazzled al tennis player, that thinks to buy it to give him an ambientación different to its new home. "Me change to a larger department in December and I am going to decorate it in my style, with metallic furniture and outlandish colors. And the one that have, it lease or seeing. I take advantage of your newspaper to pass the avisito, jaja. And this motorcycle comes me very well to place it near a bar. It would remain impeque, not?", plans Massú, while drinks a Coca-Cola frost and does zapping with the remote control, tuning in quickly the contorneos of the girls of Mekano.

The good spirit of the double Olympic medalist contrasts with the summary of its sports year. It was a somber season in the court that assumes as a result of the wounds and does not dramatize more. It knows that with a normal preparation goes to be again up fighting the important things.

"After a year as good as the 2004 I would be able to have me relaxed with the Olympic achievements. But not, I am a maverick and always I want more. Everything that it passed me already is history and in that sense I hit me a matured hardly. I will be again that of before. The good thing is that now I dominate a lot better the crisis. Before me would have gone crazy with a so bad gust of wind. I achieved that the things did not affect me so much. Gabriel (Markus, his coach) presented me even to finish the year in Madrid so that aired me the head, but I did not want. Equal tin plating gave me that me was not better in Spain because I felt that did not I respond to the people that voted me so that played the tournament. Yourself figure you that Manuel Santana, the director of the tournament, approached itself me the day that closed the votings to tell me that was impressive like the people wanted me, that had devastated. Him could not believe", the player of 26 years says.

The door of the department of opens and Sonia Fried, its mother, enters for the walkway pushing a car of full supermarket of merchandise. "For the boy, that had peeled the refrigerator", comments the aunt Sonia with its habitual maternal tone. It is hooked with the conversation and quickly seeks a camera to portray to its regalón, that enjoys with the clicks of the photographer while embraces the famous motorcycle. Its brother Jorge Andrés, is killed of the laughter with the scene. The interview continues.

-Should be complicated to add six weeks in a row in the first return. How did you manage to survive to that frustration?

-To remain idle and to have that to expect several days to enter again to the court is not simple, but depends a lot of the place where you are. Internet enough accompanies me and a lot more now than I travel with a personal computer to drink wine in the nights before sleep. During the day, after the training I go to some mall to buy me clothes. Is my obsession.

-¿The relation of the tour is only of companions or you cultivate friendships?

-Good, friends like the Feña (González) there are few. He puts me al day with the things in Chile if we coincide in the tournaments. But equal there is people burglarizes. For example David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal. The other day we were with a grupito to see the party of the Real Madrid with the Rosenborg, by the Champions League, and later we went us to eat. The Rafa (Nadal) is a seven of person.

-¿Some book in the trips accompanies you?

-Not, not, almost do not I read. Is that me not the novels they entertain and as I am restless costs me to concentrate me a lot of while. They give me dream. I prefer the real histories, like those of other sportsmen. There was read the history of Maradona and on holiday I think to read me that of the cyclist Armstrong and that of Michael Jordan.

Nicolas asks pause to attend his cell one and continues: "to the extent that I have gone growing I interest me more with other things. Now I give me the time to travel through the cities in which I play, thinking that I am a privileged one in having the profession that have. There are incredible tournaments and fantastic places that do not want wasted".

-¿You feel that are in the half of your career?

-I am in the results consolidation phase and I have to put all my experience al service of my career. It is a pleasing sensation, as that of a young veteran that already passed various spools but that still conserves the energy to continue battling.

-¿And what place occupies the love in this period? Is very far away in your priorities?

-For now I am well single and alone. I do not deny that i would like to be accompanied, but the things have not been given so that I be with someone. Being tennis player the love is complicated and for the moment my priorities are the tennis and my family. To my people always the strange one when I am outside, but this hits is thus not more. I feel tranquil with the life that I carry and, good, so so alone I am not neither. Always something falls over there.

NicoFan
11-16-2005, 04:38 PM
Too bad - I know Nico wanted DC to be played in Santiago. And I wanted it in Vina.

A little help from the Chileans - is Nico saying that he thinks there should be a stadium built in Santiago?

From latercera.cl:

A week ago Nicolas Massú knew that Rancagua would be the headquarters of the matches against Slovakia. And though himself is not opposed to the decision, yes jumped to some conclusions regarding the process that carried to be decided for the Sixth Region.

"If we go to Rancagua is not for money nor by a sports thing. What happens is that there was not where more to do it", indicated the viñamarino, who asked to the authorities that worry about having an adequate precinct to receive an appointment of the World Group of Davis Cup.

"All this causes thinks me that is clear that lacks a stadium for the tennis in Chile, one that another alternative give us to play in Santiago", added.

Massú assured that by defending to Chile would play anywhere of the country (" even in Punta Arenas") and confirmed that when Fernando Gonzalez returns from China will "audit in Rancagua. But I do not believe that be greater the differences with playing level of sea".

There were other members of the "Familia de Tenis" that also they considered that the election of Rancagua should not damage the options of Chile. Alvaro Fillol commented that the "difference with Vina is not so large", while Patricio Rodriguez said that "the altitude of Rancagua does not impact a lot and, besides, is good that change of cities".

The dissident only voice was that of Leonardo Zuleta, who considers that "is an advantage to play greater height. When they were localities, they placed us a very fast court and with little rowboat.