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Mooo! The Americans May Be High On Grass But CHILE's GARRA Will Smoke Them Out!

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NicoFan
02-12-2006, 09:30 PM
Buene suerte to the boys in the quarterfinals! :bounce:

Will be tough if the US picks grass, but I gotta have faith in my chicos. :hug:

*Ljubica*
02-12-2006, 09:54 PM
Buene suerte to the boys in the quarterfinals! :bounce:

Will be tough if the US picks grass, but I gotta have faith in my chicos. :hug:
Will you be going? Or is that a silly question? :)

kidnicky
02-12-2006, 10:03 PM
Buena Suerte chicos!!!!! You can do this!!! :rocker2:

I'm really hoping that the US team think about that again and forget about grass, I'd hate that!!!

Fergie
02-12-2006, 11:27 PM
Vamos chicos, we know that isn't impossible!!! :yeah:

NicoFan
02-13-2006, 12:23 AM
Will you be going? Or is that a silly question? :)

Well, depends on where it is. I live in NYC so if its in California, I probably can't go. :sad: Too long of a flight, and I'm already taking a week for Miami, and need to save time for the August tournaments. I'll be pissed if its in California too because every tournament seems to be in California lately.

But if its in the South or even Houston, its doable. So I'll be watching closely to see what they decide.

I'll bring my Chilean flag (signed by Nico) and try to root my boys on for the upset! :yeah:

NicoFan
02-13-2006, 12:53 AM
Five cities submitted bids to the USTA for the quarterfinal tie:

Scottsdale, Arizona (hard or grass)
Mission Hills, California (hard or grass)
Thousand Oaks, California (hard or grass)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina (indoor hard)
Delray Beach, Florida (outdoor hard)

NC and FL are probably out now because the US will most likely pick grass. Darn! AZ and CA - so far away. :sad: And who the heck even knows where Thousand Oaks or Mission Hills is! :mad:

I think that the USTA - even though its located in NY - forgets there there are other states that they can have tournaments in besides California - seems like they get most of the tournaments there.

kidnicky
02-13-2006, 04:10 AM
oh poor you NicoFan, I'd really like to have you there :sad:

Anyway I'm still pissed off with the US team for picking grass, who the hell likes to play in grass anyway?? :silly:

Good luck to the boys!!!

p.s. Chilean flag signed for Nico??' that's something that you've to tell me about it :p

Sparko1030
02-13-2006, 05:50 AM
From the DC website:

After McEnroe stated that his preference would be for either a grass court or a fast indoor hard court, he discussed the Chilean team of Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu.

“Obviously, they have a couple of great players,” McEnroe said of Chile. “I’m just really happy with how our guys looked here.



OK, I'm going to get a little snarky here since I really can't stand Pat Mac (as some of you know :lol: ) I know the tie probably won't take place on the the same type of surface but I can't help but remember the 2004 Olympics where the Chilean team beat several of the US team on their way to gold and bronze. Let's see....there was Roddick going down to Fernando, and Dent and Fish losing to Nico...I know I know...Dent or Fish won't be there for this (has poor Mardy just fallen off the edge of the earth or what?? :devil: )but still, its a nice memory and I hope Pat Mac is crapping his pants right now. :haha:

There-snarkiness out of my system(for now ;) ). This of course will be very different. I love James and like Andy and Andre-the most likely singles competitors I think (the Bryans creep me out) but of course I will want the Chileans to win-and they can. Not saying it will be easy, but it is definatly possible!

And I dearly hope it will work out for you to go Nicofan!!!! That would be so great-you there with your Chilean flag signed by your Nico!!! :worship:

*Ljubica*
02-13-2006, 08:12 AM
Sorry Lynn that the DC looks too difficult for you :sad: Sometimes it is hard for us Europeans to come to terms with the sheer vastness of the States - almost any tie anywhere in Europe is doable from here in a short(ish) flight. Hope you may be able to work something out. As for the grass - well Andy Roddick always does well at Wimbledon and also the Bryans - so I guess that is why they chose it!

Btw Lynn -we've heard about the storms in New York on the news - hope you're OK.

NicoFan
02-13-2006, 02:47 PM
Interview with Pat Mac in Latercera.cl:

Even before they left on the road to Slovakia and Rumania, the collision by the rooms of end between Chile was anticipated and United States. The condition of extensive favorite of both gave to think thus and none disappointed.

Despite that the Americans left in disadvantage after the loss of Andy Roddick in the hands of Andrei Pavel, the own number three of the world sentenced yesterday the confrontation al to surpass 6-3, 6-3 and 6-2 to Razvan Sabau, who replaced al injured Victor Hanescu. Then, James Blake would place the 4-1 final.

While it did its suitcases in the Sea Lodge Hotel, in La Jolla, the captain U.S., Patrick McEnroe, conversed with La Tercera about the series before Chile, between the 7 and 9 of April, in a place still by determining.

It is known that will carry the series before Chile to grass or fast court, ¿already decided where will be played?

I don't know yet. Grass is one of the three alternatives with which we count (besides, hardcourt and indoor). We have to analyze what is what more agrees us. Inside this week we will define it.

It thought that the qualifying round was complicated him after the loss of Roddick?

A little, but after that we walked very well and we lost no set. James did a great work, al the same as the brothers Bryan. Now we are waiting for Chile, that has to two large players.

The ones that have registrations compared with the Americans. In fact, in Athens 2004 they left various on the road.

I'm not so worried about Athens, that was two years ago. We know that as much Massú as González play well representing to their country, like they have done it in the Davis Cup and in the Olympic Games. But I expect the best of my players.

Already it knows who will nominate for the match against Chile?

We have several options. First we will see what surface we occupy and later, to the players. There will be that to be attentive to what occur in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne. This time played very well Blake, but players as Robby Ginepri, Taylor Dent or Andre Agassi are strong alternatives.

But Agassi had said that did not want to play more Davis Cup.

We have spoken and wants to participate, thus is that is a matter of a player to keep in mind.

Roddick and Blake go for grass

After its victory on Sabau, Roddick referred to the confrontation with Chile and declared its preference by the pasture. "For me would be an advantage. The lawn is, probably, my better surface. James (Blake), perhaps prefers cement.. And for the double also it would be positive", said the 3º of the ATP. Blake supported it: "of course. Andy and the Bryan want it, thus is that I believe that sense makes".

NicoFan
02-13-2006, 02:58 PM
OK, I'm going to get a little snarky here since I really can't stand Pat Mac (as some of you know :lol: ) I know the tie probably won't take place on the the same type of surface but I can't help but remember the 2004 Olympics where the Chilean team beat several of the US team on their way to gold and bronze. Let's see....there was Roddick going down to Fernando, and Dent and Fish losing to Nico...I know I know...Dent or Fish won't be there for this (has poor Mardy just fallen off the edge of the earth or what?? :devil: )but still, its a nice memory and I hope Pat Mac is crapping his pants right now. :haha:

There-snarkiness out of my system(for now ;) ). This of course will be very different. I love James and like Andy and Andre-the most likely singles competitors I think (the Bryans creep me out) but of course I will want the Chileans to win-and they can. Not saying it will be easy, but it is definatly possible!


:lol:

So true. And to be honest its more Pat Mac than the players. Talk about coaching Mardy wrong for Nico. Mardy was just waiting for Nico to hand him the match because he was tired and cramping - could have told him that wouldn't happen. ;)

Everyone keeps thinking this is a slam dunk for the Americans, but they're not taking into consideration the heart of our guys - they love playing for their country. I think both players have a chance to beat whoever is #2 (unless it ends up being Andre), and I wouldn't count them out against the Bryans also. It could end up being easy for the Americans - but I wouldn't put money on that. :p

Plus - I don't see the hunger out there for the American players except for Andy, Andre and James - all of whom I have tons of respect for and like very very much. But as much as the other guys are good guys, they don't have a lot of work ethic, and both Mardy and Taylor are never fit. And I'm not the only one saying this - the commentators talk about it all the time, and its been discussed on other boards.

The American players have been handed everything, and then you look at Fernando and Nico, who really had to work for everything. Fernando talking about how he practices on a futbol field for the grass season for example. And Nico saying how he never played on an indoor hard court until he joined the ATP circuit.

So I hope its close, and the boys can put in a respectable performance - win or lose.

NicoFan
02-13-2006, 03:03 PM
Sorry Lynn that the DC looks too difficult for you :sad: Sometimes it is hard for us Europeans to come to terms with the sheer vastness of the States - almost any tie anywhere in Europe is doable from here in a short(ish) flight. Hope you may be able to work something out. As for the grass - well Andy Roddick always does well at Wimbledon and also the Bryans - so I guess that is why they chose it!

Btw Lynn -we've heard about the storms in New York on the news - hope you're OK.

:eek:

Unfortunately too big. :eek:

And when I went from London to Madrid, it was like a 3 hour flight - I was like this is just too cool.

Part of it is me though - I don't like long flights - I get too restless, and start to feel like I'm in the twilight zone. :lol:

Everything is fine - thanks for asking. The snow is so pretty, and yesterday it looked like a winter wonderland. The trains were a b*tch today, but what can you do.

NicoFan
02-13-2006, 03:04 PM
p.s. Chilean flag signed for Nico??' that's something that you've to tell me about it :p

Got it right for the US Open right after the Olympics. I never can ask Nico for anything so a friend asked him to sign it for me.

Right now its wrapped in plastic to keep it safe, but if a miracle happens and I can go (doubtful right now though), I will take it out of safekeeping and let her fly! :lol:

kidnicky
02-13-2006, 03:30 PM
I was just reading an article where the president of the chilean tennis federation was saying exactly the same, that the americans apparentely forgot that Nico and Feña beated to their entire team at the Olympics an in a court that it's not their specialty.

Besides, like all of you said, I guess that nobody fights and plays for their country has the chilean team, I've seen pictures from the other teams in their different series and I've never seen the expressions of fight spirit and heart like our boys have it, so when they want to win something for their country, they do it fighting until insane levels, if Pat Mac doesn't know this he could ask to Mardy Fish and he'll explain everything to him :lol:

I know that I'll be proud of our boys no matter what the result will be :kiss:

Glad to know that you're okay with the snow storms NicoFan, I knew that the girl that will compite instead of Michelle Kwan can't leave NY due to the storms.

p.s. I knew that it would have been to much that you asked to Nico for a signature in your flag :haha:

NicoFan
02-13-2006, 03:39 PM
Nice article in latercera.cl about the boys accomplishments together:

The bicampeonato world of Düsseldorf, the Olympic medals in Athens, the return al World Group after 19 years and now the step to the quarterfinals of the greater series of Davis Cup, something that did not happen from 1982.. Speaking of the sports successes of Fernando González and Nicolas Massú already seems an old story. Because in a country that itself is not distinguished for its international achievements, the double golden one of the tennis has been management committee of several unforgettable pages of the history of the national sport.

The custom to win is something that the captain of Davis Cup, Hans Gildemeister, emphasizes of his directed. "Already we are usual to that Fernando and Nicolas surprise ourselves. Therefore, if we include them, Chile will always have the option to win", sentenced the "Bionic".

González emphasizes that the chemistry with Massú is vital so that together they reach so many marks for the country. "We show it in the World Cup, the Olympic Games and, now, in the Davis Cup. We are capable of many things, more when we play for Chile", sentence Gonzalez, who has gone alternating with the viñamarino different ups and downs in his career.

In this sense, the first racquet native emphasizes that there also is noted the union that exists among both. "Many times has touched me to arrive better to me or to Nicolas. It is one the one that takes charge of raising al another, when we are complicated", explains.

On the base of this mancomunión is that both tennis players feel qualified to add a new star for the tennis and the Chilean sport. "If we are together, in a good physical moment, ¿why cannot think about winning the Davis Cup?", comments Massú.

Odious comparisons

The explanations by what obtain achievements defending the national colors already is repeated story in the conferences of Massú and González. But al moment to be compared with other important tennis players, both have a position still more coincidente.

"More than comparing what we have done with other tennis players, I believe that what is important is to add. Adding what we have done to other, like the Luis Ayala, Patricio Cornejo, Hans Gildemeister or Chino Rios.. All we have contributed so that this sport be large in our country", comments Massu.

Its companion adds, in turn, that "the tennis will always be an individual sport. In Cup Davis also, because each one defends its point, but with Nicolas we have learned to be a team. And that is what carries us to deliver us of another form when we play for Chile".

Something that both players have shown amply in its almost 10 years of professional career.

NicoFan
02-13-2006, 03:42 PM
I know that I'll be proud of our boys no matter what the result will be :kiss:

p.s. I knew that it would have been to much that you asked to Nico for a signature in your flag :haha:

Me too. Our two cute Chileno chicos. :hug:

:lol: Yeah, just never can get the courage up. And probably never will. :lol:

NicoFan
02-13-2006, 03:48 PM
In this article in latercera, there's a picture of the boys throwing their shoes into the crowd. :lol: And then on the far upper right, you can see a small picture of the boys with their arms around each other.

Wish I could find both of those pictures as regular pictures.

http://www.latercera.cl/medio/articulo/0,0,3308_5832_188397900,00.html

kidnicky
02-13-2006, 04:57 PM
Me too. Our two cute Chileno chicos. :hug:

:lol: Yeah, just never can get the courage up. And probably never will. :lol:


You never will??? yeah right!! don't worry I'll "help" you :lol:

Nice pics in the article, maybe later we could find pics like those

*Ljubica*
02-13-2006, 05:02 PM
:eek:

Unfortunately too big. :eek:

And when I went from London to Madrid, it was like a 3 hour flight - I was like this is just too cool.

Part of it is me though - I don't like long flights - I get too restless, and start to feel like I'm in the twilight zone. :lol:

Everything is fine - thanks for asking. The snow is so pretty, and yesterday it looked like a winter wonderland. The trains were a b*tch today, but what can you do.
I am with you on the long haul flights - I get really claustrophobic and get panic attacks, which is why I never go to the tournaments in the States or Latin America even though I would love to :sad: In fact if it's logistically possible I drive or get the overnight train within Europe to avoid the flights. Glad you are alright in the snow :hug:

NicoFan
02-13-2006, 05:41 PM
:lol: Kid - nah, don't need help...you know what I think about people bothering the players. ;)

Rosie - wish we had great trains like you have in Europe - long distance train service here in the US is less than dependable. :eek: Yet again, I wish I lived in Europe! :lol: Or Chile - the promise land of tennis. ;) Or Argentina - the Paris of South America.

*Ljubica*
02-13-2006, 06:12 PM
:lol: Kid - nah, don't need help...you know what I think about people bothering the players. ;)

Rosie - wish we had great trains like you have in Europe - long distance train service here in the US is less than dependable. :eek: Yet again, I wish I lived in Europe! :lol: Or Chile - the promise land of tennis. ;) Or Argentina - the Paris of South America.
Trains in England itself are not so great, but Germany, Switzerland etc are really good :) And if you want to come and live in Europe - you are welcome anytime :hug:

kidnicky
02-13-2006, 06:20 PM
It was just a way to say it, "help" instead of "force" :lol:

Don't complain about having no trains NicoFan, we're worse here lol! but Rosie definetely has a great advantage in that aspect. I'd love to live in Chile, by this time I guess that I'd continue celebrating that we're in the quaterfinals :yeah:

NicoFan
02-14-2006, 01:15 PM
The Americans seem pretty confident that they'll beat our chicos on grass.

From latercera.cl:

There are five in the American headquarters that are in career to receive to Chile by the quarterfinals in Davis Cup. The Americans will seek the form that the team headed by Fernando González and Nicolas Massú does not sit down comfortable and in this sense the grass (or a surface indoor hard) seems to be the most logical alternative to receive to the Olympic champions. Thus it is removed of the words of the American players:

1.- PODERIO IN GRASS

James Blake was the number two of its country in the victory on Rumania the weekend. And he has a reason so that United States choose grass. "Behind Roger Federer, Andy Roddick is the best player of the world on grass. The he feels very well there and the two last years he played the end in Wimbledon. I have also improved a lot my service and my play he can be efficient in this court. I feel comfortable voleando and he sits down me well to face to Massú and González in grass", he said Blake. "For me would be a great advantage to play in grass, the one that probably is my better surface", added the number one U.S., Andy Roddick.

2.- AGAINST THE CHILEANS

Massú has played six times in Wimbledon and so alone a year (2001) advanced to the third round. González improved his play in the 2005 al to arrive at quarterfinals. Blake believes that "Massú does not play well on grass and though González has a great service, once I am in the point I have better options", the player said.

For a long time, the Olympic champions arrived almost without preparation to the tournaments of grass and they saw almost as an obligation to play in the Grand English Slam. Of all forms the Chileans assure that with a good preparation they can give a surprise.

3.- SMALLER EFFICACY IN DOUBLE

The brothers Bryan, that play the double, already they said also that they wanted to play in grass . And they have a reason of weight. "It is certain that Massú and González beat them in the Olympic Games of Athens, but I do not know what so troops will be being remained in the fund of the court in grass, like they are used to doing it", explained Roddick. "I like by the Bryan in any court, but with greater reason in grass", added Blake.

4.- BUT ALTERNATIVES

United States has a great fan to play in grass. "Besides Andy Roddick, they are Taylor Dent and Robby Ginepri, that can walk very well in grass, for which I will have to fight for a position", said James Blake. All fearsome players by its service, that gain effectiveness in this surface.

NicoFan
02-14-2006, 02:53 PM
Aw, geez, more controversy. Why air these things in the newspapers? Personally, I was wondering why Horacio was there - Nico didn't have Gaby there - Hans is the coach during Davis Cup. :shrug:

From terra.cl:

Not all could be happiness in Davis Cup after the notable triumph of Chile on Slovakia by the World Group.

And the fact is that the captain of Davis Cup, Hans Gildemeister, said to be uncomfortable with Horacio de la Pena by some attitudes of the trasandino in Rancagua.

In conversation with Radio Agriculture, the "Bionic" revealed that the "Pulga" was proud and was taken attributions that him did not correspond. It is more, even assured that would be able to leave the headquarters if the things do not change.

"The group was very united, coaching well, but Fernando (González) did not arrive in good conditions. And he (de la Pena) arrived from sudden shouting of the stands that now I am going to take Fernando and I am going to fix him his tennis, when from Auckland that has not won a match. That bothered me", began throwing.

And it continued sentencing that "I understand me perfectly with Horacio, but when arrives shouting and raising the voice and carries Fernando to the back courts and to Nico says very good the decision of the court that they took, obviously bothered me and also a lot to Nicolas (Massú). He has a very strong head and him did not he affect".

"I have a relation with the players. They ask me the coach and is conversable. (Adrián) Garcia and Paul (Capdeville) did not they do it and I arrive Sunday and I see Horacio de la Pena in the court number one coaching with them. Is a lack of respect", continued.

"He (de la Pena) has to speak with me. I do it with the confederacy and if they support me, fantastic. If not, I get my things and I go", threatened.

And to finalize, Gildemeister exposed that "my idea is to do the things well and with I please. So that we achieve triumphs this has to function to the perfection. Thus I am".

kidnicky
02-14-2006, 03:36 PM
Thanks for the articles NicoFan! :hug: like you said, the americans are pretty confident that they'll kick our lovely chilean butts, but in tennis anything could happen and even more if the team that they'd have in front is Chile, so we'll see :devil:

About Horacio and Hans, I had read something about that and I thought exactly the same, that's why Gaby always stays away when Nico is practicing for DC and I think that Horacio has to understand the same, that during DC Hans is the coach and the captain and to avoid this kind of problems and in order to not confusse Feña or even Nico, he should stay away from that, but that's just my humble opinion :p

NicoFan
02-14-2006, 04:04 PM
Thanks for the articles NicoFan! :hug: like you said, the americans are pretty confident that they'll kick our lovely chilean butts, but in tennis anything could happen and even more if the team that they'd have in front is Chile, so we'll see :devil:

About Horacio and Hans, I had read something about that and I thought exactly the same, that's why Gaby always stays away when Nico is practicing for DC and I think that Horacio has to understand the same, that during DC Hans is the coach and the captain and to avoid this kind of problems and in order to not confusse Feña or even Nico, he should stay away from that, but that's just my humble opinion :p

Or if Horacio insists on being there, Nico should insist that Gaby is there. :devil: I really like Horacio a lot, but sometimes, I just want to :banghead: over things he does. :lol:

Sparko1030
02-14-2006, 04:59 PM
Good, let the US players be confident-I'm sure they feel they have reason to be. If they are confident of a win though, the Chileans can come in and suprise them! It could really work in Chile's favor. (And I hope for many reasons James doesn't make the team so I don't have to root against him plus he is a better player then Dent and Ginerpri IMO)

And always with a coaching controversy.... :rolleyes: Hans may have reason to have issues with Horacio but I agree with Nicofan, why does he have to air it publically???? The team doesn't need to be torn b/t the two and that's what a public statement like that does. I mean, now what does Fernando say when he gets the inevitable question from the press?

*Ljubica*
02-14-2006, 05:20 PM
Or if Horacio insists on being there, Nico should insist that Gaby is there. :devil: I really like Horacio a lot, but sometimes, I just want to :banghead: over things he does. :lol:

I always feel like that about Horacio :devil: Seriously - with the Argentine DC Team they never had that situation because their rule was that either ALL the respective coaches came with the Team or none of them did - that way it was fair to everybody. And at all times the individual players' coaches "reported" to the DC team Coach (Mancini) so that there was no conflict of interests or different opinions to tear the team apart. It seemed to work well for them.

+alonso
02-14-2006, 06:57 PM
VAMOS CHILE! :devil:
I'm very confident about our result in QF's :D Really
We all know Nico plays way to different during DC ties :cool: So Blake & Roddick can say whatever they want, they still don't have the same "garra" and just a few teams can play with all their heart for its country ;) like CHILE!

NicoFan
02-15-2006, 01:42 PM
VAMOS CHILE! :devil:
I'm very confident about our result in QF's :D Really
We all know Nico plays way to different during DC ties :cool: So Blake & Roddick can say whatever they want, they still don't have the same "garra" and just a few teams can play with all their heart for its country ;) like CHILE!

The Americans don't have the same "garra" as the Chileans. I saw Chile celebrating after their win - they were so excited. For the Americans, it was like - oh yeah right, we're supposed to run around the court with the flag for the cameras. :lol:

And the way I figure it – Chile is the underdog in this matchup – a slight underdog on indoor hard and very much the underdog on grass.

But…. ;)

The thing that makes the US so strong is:

1) Andy
2) The depth of the US team
3) Surface
4) Home crowd

On indoor hard, Andy is great. The rest of the US team is excellent – James, Robby, and maybe Taylor, and of course, the Bryans in doubles

But once they choose grass, they lose the rest of the US team – no James, no Robby – Fernando is much better on grass than either of them. And Taylor – I really like Taylor so don't enjoy saying negative things about him, but he's always sooooo out of shape, refuses to move into an all around type game, and can be a total space cadet out there likes he's on another planet. Would anyone in their right mind but their hopes on Taylor? The answer is obviously no.

So on grass, that only leaves Andy and the Bryans. Formidable to be sure. But what if any of those three men get injured? I hope they don't – I would never wish an injury on my most hated player let alone players like Andy and the Bryans (I'm not a fan of the Bryans – they make me insane with that silly collegiate chest bump, but again, would never wish an injury on them, and I love Andy so definitely would never wish an injury on him either).

But injuries happen. Sickness happens. People have off days.

If that were to happen, then all of a sudden, the field is level, and to be honest, if its Andy that gets injured or sick, then Fernando becomes the best grass player out there for the singles. The Bryans can't win it by themselves, and we all know Nico's heart for Davis Cup – he could definitely take his match against a James or Robby.

Plus, the grass they are going to play on will be different than Wimbledon grass. Just like hardcourt has slow, medium, and fast, and plays differently, ditto grass. It won't throw Andy off, but definitely could throw the Bryans off.

So let them choose grass. If no one gets injured or sick for the Americans, then yes, they will be on to the SFs. But if something happens and Andy or the Bryans aren't at their best, it’s a whole different ball game.

But that's just my humble opinion – and I could be wrong. :p

NicoFan
02-15-2006, 02:27 PM
Interesting article in Tennis Week (have to go down a few paragraphs - first few are talking about a possible coach for Andy).

http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=14750&bannerregion=

kidnicky
02-15-2006, 02:47 PM
VAMOS CHILE! :devil:
I'm very confident about our result in QF's :D Really
We all know Nico plays way to different during DC ties :cool: So Blake & Roddick can say whatever they want, they still don't have the same "garra" and just a few teams can play with all their heart for its country ;) like CHILE!

I agree with you Alonso, I'm confident about what the chicos can do and for me it's even better that the Americans say and think whatever they want.

Great points that you said NicoFan but I guess that we'll see what happens.

p.s. The Americans doesn't know anything about GARRA and they'll be surprised to know it and to see that there're chilenos around all the world :lol:

NicoFan
02-15-2006, 03:00 PM
I agree with you Alonso, I'm confident about what the chicos can do and for me it's even better that the Americans say and think whatever they want.

Great points that you said NicoFan but I guess that we'll see what happens.

p.s. The Americans doesn't know anything about GARRA and they'll be surprised to know it and to see that there're chilenos around all the world :lol:

Andy and James work really hard, but the rest of the Americans...no, they don't know about GARRA. :lol: No hunger in any of them. Outside of Davis Cup, it makes me sad to see - but for Davis Cup, I hope they continue not to have any GARRA. ;)

kidnicky
02-15-2006, 05:52 PM
I really hope so NicoFan!! :lol:

NicoFan
02-15-2006, 08:19 PM
Just a thought: if it does end up being grass, I hope that the Chilean Tennis Federation gets a consultant coach in. I just don't see Hans as being a grass expert - don't know that much about him, and could be wrong. Gaby might be good because he took David to the finals at Wimbledon.

NicoFan
02-16-2006, 08:24 PM
Suggestions needed!!!

Everyone needs to put their thinking caps on. :lol:

This thread title is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too tame. ;)

We need to spice it up a bit. :devil:

NicoFan
02-17-2006, 01:59 PM
Okay - no one is coming up with anything. :lol:

I changed it to this:

Mooooo! The Americans May Be High On Grass But CHILE's GARRA Will Smoke Them Out – VAMOS CHILE!

If you don't like it, let me know.

kidnicky
02-17-2006, 03:05 PM
I'm terrible for those titles NicoFan and I wasn't here yesterday :lol: But this one is great!!!!!! It made me laugh

You're right, the GARRA could do impossible things :fiery:

NicoFan
02-17-2006, 03:15 PM
Glad you liked it Kid! :lol:

kidnicky
02-17-2006, 04:18 PM
It's just GREAT!!! :lol:

NicoFan
02-17-2006, 04:44 PM
From an interview with Nico in Radio Cooperativa - he said in 2 paragraphs exactly what I said in my long rambling post... :lol:

With regard to the possibility that United States decide that the confront before Chile in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup be on a grass surface, Massú indicated that despite that the north they take advantage of the court, at any rate can have problems.

"If they choose grass, they are going to have that to adapt to a second singles player because the grass is not the favorite surface of James Blake neither Taylor Dent. The court is going to accommodate more the Bryan brothers and to Andy Roddick. In any case, in any surface will be difficult."

LOVELY
02-17-2006, 05:32 PM
:yeah: Great title :cool: !!!

kidnicky
02-17-2006, 06:14 PM
Is just that Nico had to learn how to be precise! :lol: we're the opposite, we love to ramble :haha:

*Ljubica*
02-17-2006, 06:24 PM
I love the title too :yeah:

NicoFan
02-17-2006, 06:32 PM
Is just that Nico had to learn how to be precise! :lol: we're the opposite, we love to ramble :haha:

Glad everyone likes it! :yeah:

Es la diferencia contra hombres y mujeres. :lol: Las mujeres adoran hablar - algunos hombres no. ;)

kidnicky
02-17-2006, 07:10 PM
Yo no adoro hablar, yo adoro escribir :lol:

Great spanish NicoFan :yeah:

Sparko1030
02-18-2006, 05:29 AM
Great thread title Nicofan!!! I love it!!! :woohoo:

NicoFan
02-19-2006, 02:35 PM
Interview with the Bryans in latercera.cl. Maybe the Bryans will still be laughing at the end of the match...but I hope not! :devil: :lol:

Its near noon in New York. Here, the twins Bob and Mike Bryan are ready for the launch of a new campaign of the ATP to prompt the competence of couples. And the twins are the main guests to the festival in Time Square. Minutes before Bob, the left-handed one of the American couple, a time is given to converse by telephone with latercera one on one of the most important challenges than assures to have in the next months: the match in April set against Chile by the quarterfinals of the World Group of Davis Cup.

"For us it will be a hard match. Massú and González are large players, that also they do it very well in double", begins saying the American doubles player.

Q - What is it more dangerous of Chile?
A - Good, Massú is a great fighter, that besides has victories on Andy Roddick. Fernando González has also beaten Andy and he has surpassed to various of our players. Therefore that we expect to be very well prepared for that match.

Q - You have played three times against Massú and González, one of them in the Olympic Games of Athens. What memory has?
A - Good, they removed us the dream to win the Olympic gold. They played a great tournament and I remember a lot the support of the Chilean supporters that always are in all the tournaments of the world. Surely here, when we face them, will not be different. But we had our revenge later in the US Open (in 2005, in the quarterfinals).

Q - Roddick says that grass is the best option to face to Chile. You agree?
A - Massú and González grew playing in clay, but in cement they feel quite comfortable. Therefore in grass we have better chances. Andy is one of the better of the world playing in this surface and we accommodate us very well. Perhaps James (Blake) prefers hardcourt, but there are other players that do it well in grass.

Q - In the double, Massú and González they would be seen more complicated to be remained in the fund..
A - That is what we seek. The two they play a double atypical one since behind of the court and that in pasture is done very difficult, more in the double. There we will remove a great advantage.

Q - The problem is that the prior tournaments to Davis Cup are played in hardcourt. The change of surface can also complicate them you..
A - Good, but if to can cost us us, to the Chileans more still (laughs). One must seek the form that the rival one sits down uncomfortable and the form to remove more advantage.

Q - By being localities you are the favorite?
A - We have our chances, but we will have to play very well to conquer to Chile. We have clear which are our fortresses and our weaknesses, but also we know that Massú and González are dangerous.

kidnicky
02-20-2006, 03:19 AM
I think that the Bryans are the first ones that recognized that this will be a tough serie for the americans .... we'll see what happens .... we'll see :p

NicoFan
02-21-2006, 05:25 PM
I've been checking Andy's forum because I know they will have the selection announcement faster than anyone else.

A couple of days ago, Mission Hills (in California near the IW site) and grass looked like it was going to be the site selected.

Now its reported that Winston-Salem may be the one selected because of financial considerations - on INDOOR HARD. :lol:

Really - can the USTA and Pat Mac be that stupid?

The answer is YES. :haha:

Anyone who has gone to the US Open for as many years as I have knows just how incompetent the USTA is and how EVERY decision is based on money.

I do realize that everything in sports - not just tennis - is driven by the almighty dollar. And there are other considerations for the Americans besides winning - I don't care what anyone says but to pick California twice in a row would be a political faux pas for the USTA.

And I still think that grass could backfire on the Americans if Andy and the Bryans aren't in 100% form. They have NO backups. I don't care how well Taylor is playing - and I could be wrong here - but would never rest my hopes on him.

Indoor hard will be tough for our two chicos to win on also - the Americans have soooo much depth there - not just Andy and the Bryans, but James and Robby.

But we'll see - still not a done deal yet for the site.

And btw - if its Winston-Salem - I'M THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: With my Chilean flag signed by my Nico! :lol:

NicoFan
02-21-2006, 05:36 PM
BTW - still think they'll pick grass in the end.

But if they don't, I'll have to come up with another title name! :lol:

kidnicky
02-21-2006, 06:44 PM
ooh I'll pray a lot for this :lol: not only because maybe our boys have more chance in an indoor court, also because I want you ther NicoFan!! :bounce:

So I guess that all the posibilities for the decision of the court are beign ask to say "show me the money" :haha:

And I agree about Dent, is really stupid to pretend that US can use him as a backup, although I guess that I should stop talking about backups 'cause if one of our boys couldn't be there, we wouldn't have too many backups for the chilean team so I just shhss!!

Don't worry about a new title, your imagination is great for this :p

Sparko1030
02-21-2006, 06:44 PM
Now its reported that Winston-Salem may be the one selected because of financial considerations - on INDOOR HARD. :lol:

Really - can the USTA and Pat Mac be that stupid?

The answer is YES. :haha:

And btw - if its Winston-Salem - I'M THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: With my Chilean flag signed by my Nico! :lol:

:haha: You know I agree with you on that Nicofan!!! :rolls:
Of course you're right-indoor hardcourt will be tough for them too but I think grass would be tougher. When do they have to make a final decision where it will be played?

That would be great if you got to go Nicofan!!! (check with Rogifan if you haven't already-she's thinking of going too).

NicoFan
02-21-2006, 06:46 PM
I want to be there too Kid! :lol: And I will check with RogiFan if it is there - that would be fun. :)

I think they need to make the decision by the end of this week - I think they had two weeks to make it.

kidnicky
02-21-2006, 07:08 PM
Fingers crossed for Winston-salem!!! we need and want to Nico's number one fan there :yeah:

NicoFan
02-22-2006, 12:43 AM
The USTA and Pat Mac weren't stupid after all. :lol:

They picked Mission Hills, and it will be grass. Mission Hills is near the IW site. I'm going to try to go. How can I not? My Nico and Fernando are coming to America to try to get to the SFs of the Davis Cup. I need to be there. :lol:

Now the interesting thing will who will Pat Mac pick as the second singles player. Probably Taylor Dent. Especially with James and Robby not playing well right now. We'll see.

Nico and Fernando are going to have to go straight from Miami to any grass court in the States. Depending on how far they go in the Miami tournament, that will give them time to get used to it. Especially Nico. I'm going to have to ask around - don't know if IW and Miami's hardcourts play fast or not. If they do, it will be less difficult for the guys to go from hard to grass.

BUENA SUERTE TO OUR CHILENO CHICOS! I know they can do this! I have total faith in them.

And win or lose - of course, still love them both. :hug: :kiss:

NicoFan
02-22-2006, 12:55 AM
Can't find confirmation. :lol: Wow...you can tell what a BIG sport tennis is here in the US. Not in Sports Illustrated, not on ESPN, not in Tennis Week, not even on the USTA site. :haha: So far Andy's forum has an exclusive. ;)

NicoFan
02-22-2006, 12:59 AM
Here's the article: http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060221/UPDATE/60221002

The reason its probably not out there is that the USTA hasn't told the ITF yet and the contracts still aren't signed.

Sparko1030
02-22-2006, 01:02 AM
Well, at least they know where it will be now. Grass will be tough but certainly not impossible. The US team seems weak right now anyway. I may be foolish but Dent never seems like a threat-can't take him for granted but he is certainly beatable, even on grass (if that is Pat Mac's choice...) This may be really foolish but, I would be more worried if they had to play Argentina-I have to agree that the US players just don't seem to have Garra as the Chileans do. Nico and Fena just have an extra something when playing for their country. Good luck to Nico and Fena and the rest of the Chilean team!!!! (and win or lose, the Chilean team are my #1!!!)

NicoFan
02-22-2006, 01:19 AM
Well, at least they know where it will be now. Grass will be tough but certainly not impossible. The US team seems weak right now anyway. I may be foolish but Dent never seems like a threat-can't take him for granted but he is certainly beatable, even on grass (if that is Pat Mac's choice...) This may be really foolish but, I would be more worried if they had to play Argentina-I have to agree that the US players just don't seem to have Garra as the Chileans do. Nico and Fena just have an extra something when playing for their country. Good luck to Nico and Fena and the rest of the Chilean team!!!! (and win or lose, the Chilean team are my #1!!!)

:yeah: Yup, the Chileans are 1000 times better to root for the Americans anyday of the week! :lol:

I think you're right - the US team does seem weak - could be wrong, but I don't think that its going to be the slam dunk that everyone thinks its going to be. None of them are doing well - Andy, James, Robby, Taylor. But...its a long time until the DC tie - so things can change and they could all be kicking butt then.

Plus if Nico or Fernando are even slightly not 100% - there is no backup for them. Basically none for Andy or the Bryans either but their 2nd team is much better obviously than Paul and Adrian - even with Paul playing better.

And I must have a rant here. I checked flights - totally too expensive to fly into Palm Springs. And not all that cheap to go into LAX. Plus I'd had to rent a car and that's totally expensive.

So looks like going is out for me. :sad:

Not only does the USTA pick California yet again :rolleyes: but they pick a site in the middle of NOWHERE. Jerks.... :mad:

I don't know why they couldn't pick Scottsdale - flights right there.

Sparko1030
02-22-2006, 05:41 AM
:hug: So sorry to hear it probably won't work out for you to go Nicofan. This always having it in Cali sounds like tennis politics to me.

You're right,of course, about the lack of depth on the Chilean team Nicofan. US does have a bunch of underachievers to fall back on (there's that lack of garra again :lol: ) If Nico or Fernando aren't 100% it would be pretty much over. So TAKE CARE GUYS!!!

kidnicky
02-22-2006, 03:37 PM
so it's finally grass huh? :ras:

Anyway I just want to wish to the boys the best, I know they could do it 'cause when they're together and fighting for their country they can do amazing things, but of course, they have to take care of themselves, 'cause if any of them are not capable to be at their 100%, we can say that it'd be over :rolleyes:

So sorry that you're not going NicoFan! I'll still be keeping fingers crossed for you :hug:

NicoFan
02-23-2006, 05:58 PM
The selection of Mission Hills will be made today at 4:00.

http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=14808&bannerregion=

NicoFan
02-25-2006, 01:17 PM
A little trash talking by James. I hope the boys read this - nothing like this to get them fired up to destroy James on court. :lol:

And the way Andy is playing, I'm not sure that the Americans have all that much any more to be confident about. ;) Of course things change - there's a long time from now until DC - Andy may get his act together by then.

From latercera.cl:

James Blake won the two points that he played before Rumania, in the match of the first round of the World Group of Davis Cup. This it is a point to its favor to integrate the match before Chile, in April. Clearly that says that he is not the unique one, just as he left him in clear yesterday al to respond to latercera.

"To be the number two, I believe that I am the favorite one before (Nicolas) Massú and (Fernando) González playing on grass", Blake said from Memphis.

The New Yorker believes that his country is the great candidate to advance to semifinals.

"Of course we are the favorites. Already we were it in other surfaces and now more on grass. With Andy (Roddick), the Bryan brothers we are the favorites. Behind Roger Federer, Roddick is the best player on grass. He has played two times the end in Wimbledon and he is very dangerous. The same the Bryan, that played the end in London last year; have a great he remove and on grass they have large chances before the Chileans", explained Blake.

"Massú has not had large results on grass in Wimbledon. González is better, but this court gives us better opportunities to win", the American on the election said that they did to wait for Chile on grass.

Blake praised the play of the nationals.

"The two fight a lot. González hits him strong and can attack with the right and service. No longer it is the player that hits to all and he is intelligent. Massú has a great right and moves very well, although the backhand is his weakness", finalized.

NicoFan
02-25-2006, 01:37 PM
Pat Mac is thinking about Andre playing DC. I think Nico would be thrilled if his childhood idol played. He said right after they beat Slovakia that he wanted to play Andy and Andre so I hope it comes true for him! :)

From latercera.cl:

After the election of the headquarters for the Davis Cup match set against Chile, that will be played on the grass in the Mission Hills Country Club, California, the doubts in the American team are referred their members. To be clear, the great unknown quantity that maintains the captain Patrick McEnroe is the name of the second singles player, just as remained clearly yesterday in a teleconference that gave for diverse local media and foreigners from New York.

"Obviously that Andy Roddick and the Bryan brothers will be in the team, to be not that even something in the next weeks", explained the American coach.

The dilemma is important for McEnroe, considering that has several letters in the hand for the fourth member and second singles player. And he recognized that among them is maintained Andre Agassi.

"James Blake did a great role in La Jolla (before Rumania, in the first round), but that does not mean that be sure. I spoke with Andre Agassi and under certain circumstances he is interested in playing and to return to the team. Robby Ginepri also has chances and to Taylor Dent obviously that one must consider him to play on grass, by his characteristics of serving and volleying, but I have to see how is of health", explained the American captain.

According to McEnroe the performance of the players over the coming weeks will be important to take the resolution, but will also have in folder other antecedents, therefore is played on grass.

"I have to think about the complete interest of the team, for thus be able to achieve the victory. Blake has large options to play. But it would be very imprudent if I do not listen to Andre (Agassi), to know how feels and to see what happens with him in the next weeks", added the brother of John McEnroe, who has to March 28 to clarify the situation.

Chileno
02-27-2006, 12:36 AM
I would love to see Agassi too!!! He's my favourite US player by far.

NicoFan
03-18-2006, 09:25 PM
Pat Mac may not decide until a couple days before whether it wil be James or Andre. I'm surprised that Andre would do that.

I wouldn't want to be Pat Mac - hard decision.

From latercera.cl:

The decision that has among his hands the captain U.S., Patrick McEnroe, is not easy. Leaving below the matches before Chile to Andre Agassi turns out to be very complicated, by trying a legend, as is the "Kid of Las Vegas". Even James Blake, the other that fights by a position, said that "I do not know if would tell no to Agassi".

Nevertheless, the American coach slid in their television comments of ESPN 2 an alternative to facilitate their task: to nominate to Agassi and Blake so that they plunge to the already sure Andy Roddick and the brothers Mike and Bob Bryan to the practices in Rancho Mirage and only to make a decision on the second singles player hours before the match against Chile.

"The already it has done that before and is a strong alternative", commented Tim Curry, member of the American Association of Tennis.

The rule of the ITF indicates that 10 days before the match should be recorded four players (28 of March), nevertheless is permitted to change to two of them to the day of the drawing, that prior Thursday to the confrontation is performed.

The measure even already would have arrived at the ears of the players. Blake, for example, was not shown very pleased.

"It is very difficult to be concentrate on the training when do not you know if are going to play. There is pressure during all the week, as opposed to when there are only four players. At Thursday arrives relaxed and ready for three days of pressure. To the contrary of if arrives with four days of pressure in the training, added to three more than the matches. It is hard. It will be something that will have to converse", explained the New Yorker, who has the first option to be set against them directed of Hans Gildemeister thanks to its campaign of the last weeks (champion in Las Vegas and semifinalist in Indian Wells).

NicoFan
03-18-2006, 11:35 PM
Also Horacio went over to the DC site after Fernando lost. He says the court is playing slow and the ball is bouncing low.

Tough for Nico - he likes the ball to bounce high.

Hopefully he can get used to it in the week he has to practice before the match.

Sparko1030
03-19-2006, 02:53 AM
Maybe PatMac thinks Andre may not want to wait for a decision and bow out therefore saving PatMac having to choose. :shrug: And I know this is probably blasphemy but could PatMac end up choosing James and Andre? Or is Andy promised a slot?

NicoFan
03-19-2006, 01:32 PM
I doubt that he wouldn't choose Andy - Andy's been in the finals at Wimbledon now I think 2-3 years?

I think James beating Rafa yesterday sealed the deal though Pat Mac probably won't say. Though if James beats Fed today, I think Pat Mac would look like a fool if he doesn't yell JAMES is the second singles player immediately after the match!!!! :lol:

kidnicky
03-20-2006, 03:53 AM
but James didn't win today so I guess that Pat Mac is exactly the same now :lol:

I read that too about that Horacio visited the courts ... I know that it'll be difficult for Nico but again, the american team haven't met yet the chilean garra :fiery: so we'll see what happens and the Bryans didn't win IW either so ... I know something about sports, there's nothing sure until it's over so we'll see....

NicoFan
03-27-2006, 06:00 PM
In an interview with Fernando after his match with Kiefer, he said that they may either practice in Fishers Island (outside of Miami) or in California but he wasn't sure yet because he hadn't talked to Hans about it.

I hope Fishers Island - close to their families and friends.

And I have to check on this but I didn't think they could practice at the DC site until a week before anyway so what difference does it make this week if its grass in Florida or grass in California because both would be different from the grass at the DC site.

kidnicky
03-27-2006, 06:27 PM
oh I read that but forgot to post it :p ... I think that they'll stay in Miami, Fernando said that grass is grass so if they can't practice in the DC site they should stay in Miami, besides I think you're right NicoFan, I think that they could practice at the DC site just one week before it.

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 01:08 PM
From latercera.cl:

Today, the American captain Patrick McEnroe will bring to light of official form the team that will face to Chile, in the quarterfinals of the World Group of Davis Cup the 7, 8 and 9 of April in Mission Hills.

After the announcement of Andre Agassi to be marginalized of the confrontation by a rebellious injury in the back, there is not a lot of space for the surprises. Andy Roddick will be the first singles player, Mike and Bob Bryan the doubles players and James Blake the responsible for playing the other individual one.

The New Yorker itself responsible for confirming its name among the holders with good results lately. To the end that reached last week in Indian Wells, Blake was installed yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Masters Series of Miami, after surpassing for 6-3, 4-6 and 6-1 al Finnish Jarkko Nieminen (24º), who was a hard rival one for the present number nine of the world, who already was holder in the series hostess before Rumania, in the first round.

To Blake added in the quarterfinals Roddick (4º), who al Spanish was imposed Fernando Verdasco (32º), for 6-3 and 6-4.

It consulted Roddick by the Davis Cup matches and if agreed that the Chileans rise its level playing in team, Roddick said that "it more dangerous than they they have is that are good players. They are complemented very well and they showed it in the Olympic Games. They give a lot more when they play for the flag and is of that by which we have to worry us".

The American added that "we elect grass because is where we feel better. I have had good results there in recent years. Though I have lost with Massú in other courts, on grass it will be different".

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 01:43 PM
Very nice words by Guille in Radio Cooperativa. So we all have to be very nice to Guille again from now on.

From Radio Cooperativa:

The number two Argentine, who had problems with the main players Chilean last year, will witness the match in Rancho Mirage and desired a national triumph before the American picture.

With very good spirit, the Argentine Guillermo Coria (7º) was declared like Chilean supporter for the match of the national picture before United States, in dialogue with the special envoy of Al Air Free in Cooperative, Rodrigo Hernández.

Coria, who last year had encontrones in the circuit ATP with Nicolas Massú (43º) and Fernando González (19º) commented that he will witness the match that will be disputed in Rancho Mirage, California, and he desired a triumph of the team commanded by Hans Gildemeister.

"It is going to be difficult, but I am going to go to see them, because I like to see Cup Davis. It is going to be an important series, is a very pretty place, the stadium is remaining very good and I hope that Chile can win, but I see it very complicated. I hope they can give the fluke as we we gave it in Australia", indicated the Argentine.

The native of Rufino will go al encounter taking advantage of its stopover in Californian territory, where will prepare the European season of clay with its new technician, Spanish José Higueras, who worked years ago with the former number one of the world, the American Pete Sampras.

They call the attention the words of Coria in whom in 2005 did news by its problems with Massú in the US Open, after their constant claims against the collections of the umpire in his match with the viñamarino, and with González in the Masters Series of Madrid, when that of Gonzalez assured that in the locker rooms all the tennis players were cheered by a loss of the Argentine.

Nevertheless, the trasandino wanted to give return the page al to assure that does not have problems with the Chilean players, although stood out a better relation with the pupilo of Gabriel Markus.

"With Nico is every barbaro; with Fernando, normal. Do neither I want to speak because provided that I say something in Chile they put him and when more is noted in Argentina is that provided that I explain it of Fernando continues speaking of the theme", commented.

"I have problems with none of the two, this is part of the tennis, respect a lot the work that are doing the two. Besides, with Massú is impossible to be fought, because he is very nice and I hope they can beat the United States", added.

As for González, confessed that not yet file harshness, but assured that he would like to leave all in the past.

"Yes, I would love, but was very strong what said. The truth is that hurt me, I do not want that continue speaking of the theme, but hurt me. On the other hand with Nico, he mistook me, I was, was spoken and is all well", expressed. (Cooperative.cl)

kidnicky
03-28-2006, 02:34 PM
NicoFan, Coria said that it's impossible to beign fighting with Nico 'cause he's too funny (not nice like the 'funny' translators say lol!)

Ohh so what the hell does he want now??? yes, yes, very nice words and he'll be watching the tie ... well Nico is funny and a nice person but I don't forget that easily so he can kiss Nico's feet and I'd still be pissed off with that man, so he can say whatever he wants I don't care :ras:

And a proove that I'm still mad is that I'll never be able to call that man for his first name, I was one of the few people that was supporting him no matter what but after he did to Nico in the USO ... he bottered to the wrong tennis player .... shame shame shame :fiery: :lol:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 02:46 PM
NicoFan, Coria said that it's impossible to beign fighting with Nico 'cause he's too funny (not nice like the 'funny' translators say lol!)

Ohh so what the hell does he want now??? yes, yes, very nice words and he'll be watching the tie ... well Nico is funny and a nice person but I don't forget that easily so he can kiss Nico's feet and I'd still be pissed off with that man, so he can say whatever he wants I don't care :ras:

And a proove that I'm still mad is that I'll never be able to call that man for his first name, I was one of the few people that was supporting him no matter what but after he did to Nico in the USO ... he bottered to the wrong tennis player .... shame shame shame :fiery: :lol:

Are you sure Kid? :haha: "Sympatico" is "nice" or "pleasant" not "funny".

But you're right, Nico is nice and he is funny so it doesn't really matter which. :lol:

But you have to forgive Guille :lol: - Nico did so we have to too! :yeah:

South Americans have to stick together! :cool: That's what I loved about Miami - all the other touranments outside of South American, our beloved players get ignored. Not in Miami - they got the best. :yeah: And I've heard that at other tournaments that they have breakfast together and hang around together all the time.

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 02:58 PM
As usual - Courier has his head up his butt. :lol: Yes, the Chileans definitely don't want to have to go from hardcourts, to grass, to clay. But they are both taking the week off after DC. And they both are ONE MILLION TIMES better on clay than the Americans. So obviously they will be able to get used to the clay much faster than the Americans who desperately need TEN WEEKS to get ready for the clay season. It will take our sweeties TEN MINUTES to get ready for the clay season. And at least our guys TRY on hardcourts unlike these wimpy Americans who refuse to learn how to play on clay. :rolleyes: (With the exception of Andy who does try at least).

Courier says U.S. to have mental edge in Davis Cup
By John Delong
Journal Sports Columnist
Tuesday, March 28, 2006

CHARLOTTE - Jim Courier, former tennis great, is keeping busy at the ripe old age of 35. He's a business partner and player on the fledgling Outback Champions Series, a five-tournament senior-tennis circuit featuring John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Goran Ivanisevic, Michael Chang, Mats Wilander and other forehand blasts from the past.

He's a television analyst for various networks at various Grand Slam venues. He's active with his charitable foundation, Courier's Kids. He's on several advisory boards and is always on call as an all-around ambassador for the game.

Yesterday, he was also an odds-maker.

U.S. a favorite

The 2006 Davis Cup quarterfinals are less than two weeks away, and Courier - a coach on the U.S. team that beat India in a World Group Qualifier at Joel Coliseum in the fall of 2001 - has been sizing up the brackets.

He labels the United States as an overwhelming favorite to beat Chile on grass in Rancho Mirage, Calif. And he gives France a 40-percent chance of winning at Russia in the opposite quarterfinal tie.

Those are encouraging lines in regard to Winston-Salem's efforts to land the Davis Cup semifinals in September. The U.S. will serve as host if the U.S. and France win, and USTA officials have already tabbed Joel Coliseum as a possible site. If the U.S. loses, obviously, it won't be the host of anything in September. If the U.S. wins and Russia beats France, the U.S. would travel to Russia.

"I think the U.S. gets through that match," Courier said. "They'll be a heavy favorite in all five matches. The Chileans are dangerous, but in my mind, it will be the U.S. without a whole lot of problem."

A close matchup

Courier said that the France-Russia quarterfinal could hinge on the status of Russia's Marat Safin, still trying to regain his form after being sidelined with injuries.

"France and Russia, I give Russia a slight edge, maybe 3-2 for Russia. But it all depends on Safin. If he's healthy, he's favored against virtually anyone he plays with the exception of Federer. But I don't know how well he's playing. France is so tough in Davis Cup. For whatever reason, the French players tend to play their best tennis of the season during Davis Cup. They're just solid all-around, all-court players anymore. So it all depends on Safin."

Courier was at the Palisades Country Club for a news conference announcing the Championships at the Palisades, a Champions Series tournament scheduled for Sept. 20-24.

That, coincidentally, is the same week of the Davis Cup semifinals. The Davis Cup will run Friday through Sunday, while the Champions tournament will run Wednesday through Sunday.

A preference for grass

Courier said he understood completely why Andy Roddick and other U.S. players pushed so hard to play the quarterfinal against Chile on a grass surface. That's been the subject of discussion since the site was announced in late February. USTA officials confirmed that Winston-Salem made the best offer, but Rancho Mirage was chosen because the players demanded to play on grass instead of an indoor hardcourt surface.

Roddick won his only Grand Slam title on hardcourt in the U.S. Open. James Blake is far better on hardcourt than grass. The doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan isn't significantly better on grass. And Francisco ( :confused: geez I thought our sweetie is named Fernando???? :lol: ) Gonzalez, Chile's top player, reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year before losing to Roger Federer. Those aren't compelling reasons to demand grass.

But Courier believes that the U.S. will now have an extreme emotional edge.

This week's Nasdaq 100 in Miami is being played on hardcourts. After the Davis Cup, the Chileans will head to Europe for the clay-court season, but the Americans will either go to Houston or take some time off.

"It's probably a 20-percent difference from a playability standpoint," Courier said. "But it's probably a 50-percent difference mentally for the players. Not only the positive impact it has for the U.S. players, but the negative impact it has for the Chilean players.

"Think of it this way. The Chilean players really get amped up and excited about playing on clay courts. That's a big opportunity for them to move their ranking in the right direction. This is right before the clay-court season. So for them to have to go from hardcourts to strapping on their grasscourt shoes, in California, as far away from Europe as you can get. And then they're going to have to turn around and go nine time zones away to Europe. Whereas, the Americans aren't going to go to Europe in the aftermath of the Davis Cup, they're going to regroup in the States and play Houston and relax a bit.

"They're not as concerned about making their ranking in the clay-court season, and that's a big difference. That's probably a driving force for the players."

Fan-friendly tennis

So maybe it will all work out and the U.S. will benefit from playing on grass, and Winston-Salem will wind up getting its Davis Cup in September.

kidnicky
03-28-2006, 03:23 PM
well simpatico for me it's kind of funny but it's the same like you said, Nico is nice, cute, funny and lots of other things :p ..... and I know that all the latin american players are together in most of the tournaments, I saw that, everyone except that man LOL!! if his own argentinians mates can't stand him why should I ?!?! :lol: that's why i always say to Nico, that he should leave the crying, the sadness and the anger for me!! so I can't forgive that Coria!!! never! :fiery:

OMG :haha: why the people likes to give their opinion about subjects that they don't know at all????? can someone please explain to that Courier something about our lovely Chilean team??? the stupid man doesn't know that first, the Chileans will take the week off after the DC, and he doesn't know either that they can be ready to play in clay in 10 minutes without even matter about the time differences ... and Francisco?!?! he doesn't even know the corrrect name of Fernando!!! this is unbelievable!!!! :rolleyes: .... and of course that our boys want to give their best in the clay season, 'cause they're not lazy as the rest of the americans!!! except for Andy of course.

So honestely, I don't care, let them think that they have the victory in their hands ... we'll see :devil:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 03:28 PM
I'm definitely going to lose my US citizenship after this series, right Kid? :lol:

I'll need to move to CHILE! And I'll have to let me in cuz I'll be countryless because of their two HOT players. :haha:

kidnicky
03-28-2006, 03:37 PM
I told you that before NicoFan!! :lol: thank God that you're not going to the tie otherwise you'd be discovered there with your chilean flag and speaking english and saying that you come from NY :haha:

I guess that they'll let you in (in Chile) just don't say that you're american :haha: just say that you love those two hot chilean guys ;)

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 04:07 PM
Our poor sweeties. :hug: :hug:

I felt so bad reading this.

From latercera.cl:

Do not yet they pass the bitter pill

Yesterday was again a black day for the Chileans in Miami. The fall in the doubles put an end to the Chilean participation in Key Biscayne, that delivered more deceptions than happinesses this year. The problem is that Nicolas Massú and Fernando González not yet they are shaken of the rout in singles.

"It was one of the worst loses in my life. It costs to come to the Club knowing what passed me Sunday. But now the Davis comes and one has to be a professional", the viñamarino to Cooperative Radio said.

González, in the meantime, explained that "hurts to lose of the form that I lost. But they lack 10 days for the next challenge and already we are thinking in the United States. With Nico we have done very difficult things and we expect to do it again this time".

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 04:11 PM
Still don't know where they are practicing. :shrug:

From latercera.cl:

The match against United States, in the quarterfinals of the World Group of Cup Davis, passed to be the great worry for Fernando González and Nicolas Massú. Almost of form obliged, certainly, after the painful falls that had both in the third round of the Masters Series of Miami.

Hans Gildemeister, Chilean captain, wants to have as soon as possible at your service to the two main referring of the national team. Its idea is that to more delay Thursday the Olympic champions are coaching on grass, with the possibility even to be advanced. All "thanks" to that yesterday the participation was finished of González and Massú in the Crandon Park, after they remained eliminated in the first round of the competence of couples before al binomial comprising the Finnish one Jarkko Nieminen and the swedish one Robert Lindstedt, for 6-4, 4-6 and 10-7. The encounter was played yesterday afternoon and though the Chileans tried to give return a scoreboard that was always them adverse, they finished falling before the greater reliability of their rival of shift.

"At first we are travelling Thursday to Mission Hills to begin to coach", commented the captain, who of all forms handles more options than permit to arrive from the best form al match before the Americans.

Alternatives

The lawn is a surface that requires of a lot of preparation and that is why even Gildemeister is of the idea that tomorrow already they are practicing some shots in the green surface. The "Bionic" it has list a court in Fisher Island, also in Florida, where González and Massú would be able to give the first blows with sights to the match.

"While before they leave, more hours of adaptation are gained. Those courts are not as good as the ones that there is in California, but of all forms they can serve as to begin an adaptation that surely will be difficult", commented Horacio Matta, advisor of Gildemeister.

Matta already is in California adjusting the details that will permit the national tennis players to arrive well prepared to the confrontation. As United States announced that will not lend the courts you help in Rancho Mirage before on Monday (thus the regulation permits him), the advisor of the former player already handles other courts of similar characteristics of those of Mission Hills to coach from Thursday.

"An it is the Club The Fifth one and the other is that of the PGA West Country Club, near where the Cup will be played Davis. They are very good courts that will permit us to coach of adequate form", explained Matta.

All will depend on the will of González and Massú, who they should establish their priorities for the next days. Gonzalez, for example, is of the idea to rest two days before jumping to grass. Perhaps as to be shaken a little evil moment that crosses.

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 04:15 PM
I guess that they'll let you in (in Chile) just don't say that you're american :haha: just say that you love those two hot chilean guys ;)

:sad:

Don't say that. :bigcry:

I hoped when I went to Argentina and Chile that I wouldn't get all the anti-American stuff I got in Spain. :( I'm a nice person. ;) :lol: Besides half the people in South America have relatives in the US so it would be like hating their own family. :shrug:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 04:31 PM
The only thing different from Radio Cooperativa:

In turn, Massú trusts in being recovered to face to Andy Roddick and company:

"It costs to be raised and to be given spirit. By luck me bitter enough, but when I enter the court all is forgotten by me", assured.

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 04:53 PM
:p As usual - Courier has his head up his butt. :lol: Yes, the Chileans definitely don't want to have to go from hardcourts, to grass, to clay. But they are both taking the week off after DC. And they both are ONE MILLION TIMES better on clay than the Americans. So obviously they will be able to get used to the clay much faster than the Americans who desperately need TEN WEEKS to get ready for the clay season. It will take our sweeties TEN MINUTES to get ready for the clay season. And at least our guys TRY on hardcourts unlike these wimpy Americans who refuse to learn how to play on clay. :rolleyes: (With the exception of Andy who does try at least).

...
"Think of it this way. The Chilean players really get amped up and excited about playing on clay courts. That's a big opportunity for them to move their ranking in the right direction. This is right before the clay-court season. So for them to have to go from hardcourts to strapping on their grasscourt shoes, in California, as far away from Europe as you can get. And then they're going to have to turn around and go nine time zones away to Europe. Whereas, the Americans aren't going to go to Europe in the aftermath of the Davis Cup, they're going to regroup in the States and play Houston and relax a bit.

"They're not as concerned about making their ranking in the clay-court season, and that's a big difference. That's probably a driving force for the players."

...


I don't really care what any Amer tennis player past or present says about anything in tennis... but Courier is being so patronizing to the Chilenos in these statements... altho I can tell him why US players are not concerned about their ranking on clay cos they simply suck -- they barely make the effort to go to the European clay TMSes anyway and when they do I sure can't remember fr one yr to the next how they did and that incl. Pandy. They like to play it safe and stay home lest they get homesick far far away all the way to Europe where they don't speak English or have such institutions as Dennys or whatever other Amer icons of gastronomy...

So whenever players like Rogi or Rafa or Latino guys or other Spanish players "skip" certain TMSes for whatever reason and the press criticizes them I say so why is it OK for Pandy et co. to skip the clay TMSes?

oops, having a bit of a rant here... sorry...

Anyway,

CHI CHI CHI LE LE LE VIVA CHILE!

kidnicky
03-28-2006, 04:55 PM
they have relatives in the states NicoFan but they're not americans :haha: I'm just kidding!!!! you're a nice person and you love their boys so you'll be safe, just don't wear a t-shirt like the one that Deuce Bigalow wore when he was in Amsterdam in that movie "American gigolo" :lol:

what happened to you in Spain?? they're were mean?? I don't think so 'cause otherwise they'd had stolen all your money when you gave all the euros to them everytime that you wanted to buy something :lol:

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 04:56 PM
:sad:

Don't say that. :bigcry:

I hoped when I went to Argentina and Chile that I wouldn't get all the anti-American stuff I got in Spain. :( I'm a nice person. ;) :lol: Besides half the people in South America have relatives in the US so it would be like hating their own family. :shrug:

You got anti-Amer stuff in Spain? Well when I studied in Valencia there was a lot of anti-Amer stuff happening -- in fact, the US flag was burned! :p

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 05:11 PM
Kid told to come here to read what Courier said ...

OMG :eek: that guy ... :mad: I can't add much to what you already said but if he can't even say Gonzo's name right I don't think he deserves our attention :lol:

Don't worry NicoFan ;) Chilean people are the nicest so we'll treat you well and you are more than welcome to our country if you come one day.
(:secret: and you are right, many people have relatives living in the USA - me includ. :lol: )

Sparko1030
03-28-2006, 05:14 PM
:p

I don't really care what any Amer tennis player past or present says about anything in tennis... but Courier is being so patronizing to the Chilenos in these statements... altho I can tell him why US players are not concerned about their ranking on clay cos they simply suck -- they barely make the effort to go to the European clay TMSes anyway and when they do I sure can't remember fr one yr to the next how they did and that incl. Pandy. They like to play it safe and stay home lest they get homesick far far away all the way to Europe where they don't speak English or have such institutions as Dennys or whatever other Amer icons of gastronomy...

So whenever players like Rogi or Rafa or Latino guys or other Spanish players "skip" certain TMSes for whatever reason and the press criticizes them I say so why is it OK for Pandy et co. to skip the clay TMSes?

oops, having a bit of a rant here... sorry...

Anyway,

CHI CHI CHI LE LE LE VIVA CHILE!


:haha: YOU should be a tennis announcer Rogifan! I would love listening to your commentary! You have a much greater depth of knowledge and are much funnier!

Sparko1030
03-28-2006, 05:18 PM
Oh, and I used to like Courier, but he just proved himself as ignorant as the rest of the lot of so called tennis experts in the US media. Completely oblivious to anything south of the US border. :rolleyes:

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 05:41 PM
I just realized something :eek: Courier didn't say Gonzo's name wrong :lol:

Fernando FRANCISCO Gonzalez Ciuffardi :lol:

:haha:

I wonder why he calls Gonzo, Francisco :shrug:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 06:10 PM
:p

I don't really care what any Amer tennis player past or present says about anything in tennis... but Courier is being so patronizing to the Chilenos in these statements... altho I can tell him why US players are not concerned about their ranking on clay cos they simply suck -- they barely make the effort to go to the European clay TMSes anyway and when they do I sure can't remember fr one yr to the next how they did and that incl. Pandy. They like to play it safe and stay home lest they get homesick far far away all the way to Europe where they don't speak English or have such institutions as Dennys or whatever other Amer icons of gastronomy...

So whenever players like Rogi or Rafa or Latino guys or other Spanish players "skip" certain TMSes for whatever reason and the press criticizes them I say so why is it OK for Pandy et co. to skip the clay TMSes?

oops, having a bit of a rant here... sorry...

Anyway,

CHI CHI CHI LE LE LE VIVA CHILE!

:haha:

Totally perfect... :worship:

The only thing I can add is outside of Andy and James, none of the American players are hard workers. Really upsets me as an American because I know these guys have been handed everything and they've done nothing with it. Mardy Fish has only 1 title and he has so much talent, but the guy looks like he rarely works out. Taylor - hasn't won a title since 2003 and again so much talent. No desire, no hunger, no work ethic.

Give me my Chilenos anyday of the week.

Okay that's my rant. ;)

And do have to defend Andy (yet again) because a lot of the guys get homesick - Nico does too. But unlike Andy, he can't come home or have months of tennis tournaments in his own country. So no American should really complain a lot about being homesick.

For the record, I do love my country :lol: - just not much respect for our tennis players (except Andy and James) right at this time.

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 06:16 PM
RogiFan - I was in Salmanca the summer after the bombing of the train in Madrid. A few of the people weren't nice, but the vast majority were nice. I just got frustrated though because I was trying so hard to speak spanish, and I got so many eyes rolled at me, impatience, and sharp comments (which I couldn't really understand! :lol: ) And my teacher would constantly complain about my American accent...but would just tease the others about their bad accents. After 6 weeks, I was glad to come home. But at the same time, I loved Spain - beautiful country, I loved their lifestyle, and again, the majority of people were kind and very nice.

GF - every Chilean I meet at tennis tournaments are always so nice and very kind. I've heard that Chile is a good place to learn Spanish because everyone is very nice and patient and don't get upset when their language is murdered by people trying to learn it! :lol:

Kid - I would never wear one of those shirts! :lol:


I'm going to call Fernando Francisco from now on. And since Nico's middle name is Alejandro, we'll call him Alejandro rather than Nico! ;) :haha:

VAMOS FRANCISCO Y ALEJANDRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:lol:

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 06:29 PM
NicoFan - it seems that we definitely need one forum for DC :lol:

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=13687

Nominations for World Group Quarterfinal ties

Team nominations for the 2006 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals, taking place on 7-9 April, can be found below.

Live scoring for all World Group ties will be available on the Davis Cup website throughout the weekend, along with the usual array of reports, photos, and interviews. Davis Cup Radio, the official audio service of the competition, will be bringing you a daily round-up of all the action.

As action unfolds around the world, you will be able to access a radio-style update right here, rounding up all the Davis Cup news and results. There will be reaction from players as well as expert analysis from the Tennis Radio Network, who will be providing the daily show.

CROATIA v ARGENTINA
Venue: Zagreb, Croatia (carpet – indoors)

CROATIA
Ivan Ljubicic (playing captain)
Mario Ancic
Sasa Tuksar
Marin Cilic

ARGENTINA
David Nalbandian
Juan Ignacio Chela
Jose Acasuso
Agustin Calleri
Captain: Alberto Mancini

AUSTRALIA v BELARUS
Venue: Melbourne, Australia (hard (rebound ace) - outdoors)

AUSTRALIA
Lleyton Hewitt
Chris Guccione
Wayne Arthurs
Paul Hanley
Captain: John Fitzgerald

BELARUS
Max Mirnyi
Vladimir Voltchkov
Serguei Tarasevitch
Alexandr Zotov
Captain: Dmitry Tatur

FRANCE v RUSSIA
Venue: Pau, France (carpet (Taraflex) – indoors)

FRANCE
Richard Gasquet
Sebastien Grosjean
Arnaud Clement
Michael Llodra
Captain: Guy Forget

RUSSIA
Marat Safin
Nikolay Davydenko
Mikhail Youzhny
Dmitry Tursunov
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

USA v CHILE
Venue: Rancho Mirage, CA, USA (grass – outdoors)

USA tbc
Andy Roddick
James Blake
Mike Bryan
Bob Bryan
Captain: Patrick McEnroe

CHILE
Fernando Gonzalez
Nicolas Massu
Paul Capdeville
Adrian Garcia
Captain: Hans Gildemeister

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 06:31 PM
Yup we do! :lol:

Gracias for posting that! :yeah:

James is a definite - which we already figured but at least its official now.

kidnicky
03-28-2006, 06:41 PM
VAMOOOS CHILE!!!! VAMOS ALEJANDRO Y FRANCISCO!! :bounce:

No I don't like Feña's second name :lol: so I still like the Feña and Nico :lol: we need a forum only for this 'cause we have like 9 days left until the tie and we already have 7 pages :haha:

Oh and btw NicoFan, you can't leave your country, otherwise I'd never be able to get a VISA to go with you to the USO :lol: and I thought that you'd wear one of those shirts while you were in Spain .. just kidding ;)

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 07:04 PM
I like their middle names, but yeah, its still VAMOS NICO Y FERNANDO! Our two hot sweeties! :hug: :lol: Actually their full names are kind of sexy. ;) :woohoo:

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 07:08 PM
so I guess it's much better if we say

VAMOS FERNANDO FRANCISCO AND NICOLAS ALEJANDRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:haha:

or

VAMOS FEÑA PANCHO AND NICO ALE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:haha:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 07:15 PM
VAMOS FEÑA PANCHO AND NICO ALE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:haha:

:lol: :lol:

I like the Nico Ale, but having problems with this Pancho name! :haha: Let's stick with Fena Francisco! :lol: Or in the States we would call him Cisco. Like in the Cisco Kid.

So how about the Cisco Kid and Nico Ale....???? :lol: Ale sounds like ALLEZ in French (is that right?) so it works! :haha:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 07:22 PM
Actually wait - I like Fena Francisco - sounds like a movie star name! ;)

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 07:22 PM
Fena Francisco and Nico Ale!

;) :haha:

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 07:23 PM
This is a funny thread! We could always use the Francisco and Alejandro if we don't want people to know who we're talking about... :haha:

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 07:24 PM
:haha:

So we won't call Feña, Pancho :lol: we don't like it.

Yes, Ale sounds like Allez ;)

I like Cisco kid :haha:

okay so ......

VAMOS FEÑA ALE AND NICO PANCHO !!!!!!!!!

oh no! it is

VAMOS FEÑA NICO AND ALE PANCHO !!!!!!!!

I'm so confused http://www.cosgan.de/images/midi/konfus/a035.gif

:haha:

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 07:25 PM
Yep, it's ALLEZ! in French.

NicoFan -- Salamanca, eh? That's one major uni city in Spain! Apart fr the anti-Amer sentiments, did you like the city itself? Too bad about your instructor tho -- not very open-minded for a teacher. So are you studying Spanish in uni now or are you finished your degree? And if you are, what do you plan to do w your degree or w Spanish? [Do I sound like some career counsellor or what?!]

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 07:32 PM
BTW, I love the thread title Mowing down the US in their own backyard... or sth like that but yours is :cool:!]

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 07:35 PM
Okay I'm confused too! :lol:

We're all from democratic countries so we'll have to vote! :haha:

NICO:

1) Plain 'ol Nico
2) Nico Ale!!!!
3) Nico Pancho :eek:

FERNANDO:

1) El Cisco Kid
2) Fena Francisco, the movie star. ;) :lol:
3) Fena Pancho :eek:
4) Fena Ale!!!! :haha:

Or sssssssssshhhhhhhhhh Francisco y Alejandro when we don't want anyone to know who we're talking about.

:haha:

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 07:37 PM
BTW, I love the thread title Mowing down the US in their own backyard... or sth like that but yours is :cool:!]

I like that RogiFan :D maybe I could write that thread title in Feña's forum ...

what do you say???

I think that in Roddick's forum they have something like mowing down the chileans ....

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 07:37 PM
Fernando
1) s be EL Cisco Kid... :lol:

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 07:39 PM
oops, I meant

El Cisco Keed

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 07:40 PM
Nico 2 and Feña 1 or 2 :D

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 07:41 PM
How about

Don Francisco...

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 07:42 PM
NicoFan -- Salamanca, eh? That's one major uni city in Spain! Apart fr the anti-Amer sentiments, did you like the city itself? Too bad about your instructor tho -- not very open-minded for a teacher. So are you studying Spanish in uni now or are you finished your degree? And if you are, what do you plan to do w your degree or w Spanish? [Do I sound like some career counsellor or what?!]

I loved the city and I loved the nightlife! Though I liked Madrid better when I visited there. Though Salamanca was good in that it was so safe - if I wanted to leave the bars before everyone else, I could walk the 1/2 back to the apartment at 2:00 in the morning and not have to worry.

Kind of long story - have my undergraduate in business but after years of business I'm sick of it. So went back for my master's in English Lit. Because I needed a second language, I took a couple Spanish classes which is why I went to Spain.

All I have left for my master's is my Comp Exam (this Sunday) and my thesis which I'll take my time on.

I can teach either high school English Lit or English as a Second Language (ESL), I've been taking journalism class too so could do that, or work for a non-profit in their communications area (would love to work for the UN).

Teaching ESL is my first choice - I have to take a certification class that's 4 weeks in June if I definitely decide on that - I'm 99% sure. And then I'll freelance write on the side. I'd like to take a photojournalism class too in the fall so I can add that too.

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 07:44 PM
oops, I meant

El Cisco Keed

True. :lol:

But just added the "el" to the voting list. ;)

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 07:45 PM
How about

Don Francisco...

:haha: :haha: :haha:

or Pancho Rajuela :retard:

that was stupid :haha:

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 07:47 PM
I loved the city and I loved the nightlife! Though I liked Madrid better when I visited there. Though Salamanca was good in that it was so safe - if I wanted to leave the bars before everyone else, I could walk the 1/2 back to the apartment at 2:00 in the morning and not have to worry.

Kind of long story - have my undergraduate in business but after years of business I'm sick of it. So went back for my master's in English Lit. Because I needed a second language, I took a couple Spanish classes which is why I went to Spain.

All I have left for my master's is my Comp Exam (this Sunday) and my thesis which I'll take my time on.

I can teach either high school English Lit or English as a Second Language (ESL), I've been taking journalism class too so could do that, or work for a non-profit in their communications area (would love to work for the UN).

Teaching ESL is my first choice - I have to take a certification class that's 4 weeks in June if I definitely decide on that - I'm 99% sure. And then I'll freelance write on the side. I'd like to take a photojournalism class too in the fall so I can add that too.

Very interesting! It only takes 4 wks for ESL certif? That's fast! Business is so boring and I haven't even studied it... it's simply not me! Freelance writing -- that's great and you can do that anywhere in the world anytime. Perfect! Are you interested in travel writing [who isn't, eh?]? What is your thesis subject, if you don't mind me asking?

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 07:51 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha:

or Pancho Rajuela :retard:

that was stupid :haha:

We're all losing it here today! :lol:

All because Jim Courier doesn't know that Fernando's name is Fernando not Francisco! :haha: :haha:

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 07:53 PM
Yeah, let's blame Courier... it's all his fault for our silliness.

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 07:54 PM
Very interesting! It only takes 4 wks for ESL certif? That's fast! Business is so boring and I haven't even studied it... it's simply not me! Freelance writing -- that's great and you can do that anywhere in the world anytime. Perfect! Are you interested in travel writing [who isn't, eh?]? What is your thesis subject, if you don't mind me asking?

Its a private certification so I could teach at a private school.

If I wanted to teach in public school (which I don't here in NYC :eek: ) I would have to take 5 teaching classes to be certified by the State of NY. Eventually I'll probably do it anyway but need a break from school for awhile. Actually I could teach in a public school now with just my master's in Egnlish Lit and no teaching classes - I just need to pass the certification exam and would have 5 years to take the classes.

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 07:56 PM
We're all losing it here today! :lol:

All because Jim Courier doesn't know that Fernando's name is Fernando not Francisco! :haha: :haha:

:haha: so true!!!! :haha:

I'm laughing so loud here and my brother came and told me "Shut up" :haha: :haha: :haha:

This is all Courier's fault :smash: :lol:

Sparko1030
03-28-2006, 07:57 PM
Okay I'm confused too! :lol:

We're all from democratic countries so we'll have to vote! :haha:

NICO:

1) Plain 'ol Nico
2) Nico Ale!!!!
3) Nico Pancho :eek:

FERNANDO:

1) El Cisco Kid
2) Fena Francisco, the movie star. ;) :lol:
3) Fena Pancho :eek:
4) Fena Ale!!!! :haha:

Or sssssssssshhhhhhhhhh Francisco y Alejandro when we don't want anyone to know who we're talking about.

:haha:

I'm voting #2 for both of them. Maybe Pancho will fit Fernando 20 yrs from now ;) .

You guys are cracking me up here. I think you've all got spring fever-well the north Americans here anyway. :lol:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 08:02 PM
:haha: so true!!!! :haha:

I'm laughing so loud here and my brother came and told me "Shut up" :haha: :haha: :haha:

This is all Courier's fault :smash: :lol:

:lol:

And I'm sitting at work so I can't laugh but I'm grinning like an idiot in front of my computer. :haha:

And with Sparko's vote we're pretty much tied for Fernando's names. We need to get Val and Kid to vote.

Nico will definitely be Nico Ale! :lol:

kidnicky
03-28-2006, 08:05 PM
OMG I left all of you for a little while and look what you've done in this thread :eek: but like all of you said, let's blame that Courier for this craziness :lol:

My voter, for Nico ... Nico Ale and for Feña El Cisco kid

GonzoFan, what's up with you with all those Pancho's?!?! :haha: Pancho rajuela?!?! OMG Feña would laugh from your posts a lot :lol:

All that talking about all those careers that NicoFan has made me feel ignorant :lol: I agree RogiFan, business are boring, just crazy people study that, like me :rolleyes:

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 08:06 PM
Val was here like an hour ago but it seems that she is gone now :shrug:

Kid !!! where are you ???

WE NEED PEOPLE TO COME AND VOTE !!!! :lol:

kidnicky
03-28-2006, 08:08 PM
don't say anything NicoFan, 'cause all of you are the cause of why my boss thinks that I'm crazy for beign always laughing at the computer screen and that's why he knows very well the name Massu or I mean ... Nico Ale :lol:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 08:09 PM
We'll wait for Val to come back, but right now it El Cisco Keeed leading the way! :lol:

Kid - business is boring but I'll be poor when I'm teaching. :haha: $$$s can make up for for a lot boredom. ;) :lol:

kidnicky
03-28-2006, 08:12 PM
NicoFan I'm pretty sure that you'll be earning more money than me when you become a teacher so don't worry :lol:

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 08:13 PM
OMG I left all of you for a little while and look what you've done in this thread :eek: but like all of you said, let's blame that Courier for this craziness :lol:

My voter, for Nico ... Nico Ale and for Feña El Cisco kid

GonzoFan, what's up with you with all those Pancho's?!?! :haha: Pancho rajuela?!?! OMG Feña would laugh from your posts a lot :lol:

As NicoFan said, we are all losing it here :lol:

I'd love to see the chicos face if they ever read this thread :haha:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 08:29 PM
Kid... you need to move to Chile! :lol:

GF...I was thinking the same thing! I think that our chicos would be cracking up!!!

And even though El Cisco Keeed is winning, I think that Fernando will forever be Pancho now that you have it in the thread name! :lol: Poor Fernando. :eek: :haha:

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 08:32 PM
And even though El Cisco Keeed is winning, I think that Fernando will forever be Pancho now that you have it in the thread name! :lol: Poor Fernando. :eek: :haha:

It depends ... if we beat USA I think we should keep calling Feña, Pancho :haha: and if we don't then we start calling him Cisco Keed :lol:

I have it in the thread but I still don't like it :lol:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 08:34 PM
:wavey: I'm off work in a few - I'll talk to y'all later!

This has been a fun day! :lol:

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 08:36 PM
It definitely has been a fun day :lol:

and we are saying good bye in both forums :haha:

kidnicky
03-28-2006, 08:38 PM
poor Feña now it'll be forever Pancho :lol: see GonzoFan!! now your boy is Pancho because of you :haha:

And definetely that the boys would be almost crying for so much laughing, they'd be thinking "look what we do to these girls for not having news from us in just a single day" :p

I know that I've to move to Chile but then I don't know if I'd be able to have a picture with Nico every day that he practices 'cause in Chile there're like tons of people asking him that, here just me in 3 days in a row :lol:

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 08:46 PM
OMG :eek: now I feel so guilty :bigcry: :haha:
Poor Panchito :hug: :haha:

Lol kid !!! but it's true!!! I mean, look what we do because we don't know anything about them in a whole day :haha: (and of course ... Courier :ras: :lol: )

Everyone should move to Chile now !!!! and we could all go to the boys's practices and then to the Davis Cup and Viña !!!!! :banana: we would have SOOO much fun !!!! that would be really cool !!! :D

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 08:52 PM
:) Here's my tribute in cartoon to the Chilean Davis Cup Team 2006 QF v USA:

NicoFan
03-28-2006, 10:27 PM
That is totally awesome RogiFan! I love it! :yeah:

kidnicky
03-28-2006, 11:21 PM
GonzoFan what do you think?? If I see Feña and I call him "hey Panchito!" would he look at me??? :haha:

Yes!!! we've to make a massive moving to Chile!!!! that would be so great and hilarious!! but poor boys having us all together there!! 'cause right now they can "handle" us because we follow them in different countries, could you imagine all of us following in the same country?!?! :cuckoo: :lol:

Look what we did in just one day, what would be of this thread during the next 9 days ??! :eek:

RogiFan!! that's just so great!!! although I don't know if I'd agree about Panchito beign a cow lol!!! maybe the dunkies could be Andy and James :lol: I have nothing against them ok!!!

GonzoFan
03-28-2006, 11:36 PM
GonzoFan what do you think?? If I see Feña and I call him "hey Panchito!" would he look at me??? :haha:

Yes!!! we've to make a massive moving to Chile!!!! that would be so great and hilarious!! but poor boys having us all together there!! 'cause right now they can "handle" us because we follow them in different countries, could you imagine all of us following in the same country?!?! :cuckoo: :lol:

Look what we did in just one day, what would be of this thread during the next 9 days ??! :eek:

RogiFan!! that's just so great!!! although I don't know if I'd agree about Panchito beign a cow lol!!! maybe the dunkies could be Andy and James :lol: I have nothing against them ok!!!

He better look :devil: :haha:

That would so great !!! we would have soooo much fun :haha: all of us running behind the boys and they trying to get on their cars and go far far away from us :haha: and we screaming AHHHH !!!! :haha: :haha: :haha:

This thread will have like 398573205723854725042754875 pages by Friday 7th. :lol:

RogiFan88
03-29-2006, 01:15 AM
Only that many pages, GF? :lol:

kidnicky
03-29-2006, 01:38 AM
I'm pretty sure that we'll have more than those pages by Apr. 7th :lol:

You think he would look at me saying to him "hey panchito!!" :haha:

Can you imagine that?? all of us runing after them :silly:

NicoFan
03-29-2006, 01:23 PM
From latercera.cl:

More than if Fernando González and Nicolas Massú adapt well to grass, al captain of the Chilean team of Cup Davis, Hans Gildemeister, interests him that his star players be calm. That they be removed of the head their painful elimination in Miami, although that signify to lose two days of training.

Thus it determined it the responsible for the national assembly, who agreed to the petitions of both players and rejected the option to advance work in Florida, in the courts of the Club Fisher Island, that already they were at the disposal of the group that will face to United States.

"Fernando spoke with me... and he seems me well. That so much he as the Nicolas they rest two days, so that Thursday (tomorrow) early we go to Los Angeles", explains Gildemeister from Key Biscayne. The idea, as clarifies the same one coach of Chile, is that "they rest, that be removed the tension of the last days. Thus will be simpler to recover them".

In turn, Fernando González admitted from Miami that is the best decision, for alivianar the load of two hard losses in Miami, in matches that they had practically won. "These days of rest will be good for us", aimed the racquet number one of the country.

Before the statements of Pat McEnroe, who said not to be worried because his rival have more time to be prepared in the grass. Gildemeister commented that "seems me well that be chirped thus. To me also I had liked that Fernando and Nicolas had advanced one or two rounds more in Miami".

From Friday on, the team will practice in Palm Springs in triple day to be necessary. And the double will have an important space in these sessions.

kidnicky
03-29-2006, 02:46 PM
Hey NicoFan thanks for posting the article, hopefully this 2 days off will work for the guys to forget very quickly what happened on Sunday ... oh I better stop with this or I'd be sad again remembering all that :sad:

Vamooos Chilenos!!!!! Vamos Ale y Pancho!! :banana: (I was laughing all the afternoon about Panchito)

NicoFan
03-30-2006, 04:05 PM
Nico Ale y El Cisco Kid are flying from Miami to California today.

Safe flying chicos! :hug:

kidnicky
03-30-2006, 05:08 PM
Hopefully we'll have news about the practices very soon!! that's what we want!!! no stupids comments from Hans and company about Horacio :ras:

NicoFan
03-30-2006, 05:11 PM
They're hoping to do a practice this afternoon after they get there so you may get your wish Kid!

But of course there will be stupid comments also. ;) :lol:

kidnicky
03-30-2006, 05:27 PM
oh yes hopefully!!! I love to see the pictures when they practice for DC, they look amazing!! well they always look amazing :lol:

I know that we can't avoid the stupid comments but anyway :o

RogiFan88
03-30-2006, 05:36 PM
So is anyone going to this DC tie to cheer on our Panchito and Ale??

kidnicky
03-30-2006, 06:19 PM
I'm too far away to go :sad:

Sparko1030
03-30-2006, 09:53 PM
I'm too far away to go :sad:

:hug: I won't be there either Kid-I'd love to be one of the few US fans yelling for the Chileans!!!! :haha:

NicoFan
03-30-2006, 10:15 PM
Too far for me too. :sad:

I wish I was going - I looked into it but couldn't do it.

Our poor chicos are going to be there all by themselves with no one to root them on. :hug:

RogiFan88
03-30-2006, 10:29 PM
pobrecitos chicos... :sad:

kidnicky
03-30-2006, 10:34 PM
no one??? you forgot that there're Chileans everywhere :haha: so they won't be alone that's for sure!!

NicoFan
03-30-2006, 10:39 PM
CHILEANS RULE THE WORLD! :woohoo:

Yup, you're right they won't be alone! I've never been to a tournament where there wasn't Chileans.

And Guille is going to be rooting them on too! ;) :haha:

kidnicky
03-31-2006, 12:11 AM
you'd have to mention to that man or you weren't be happy right?? :rolleyes: of course that I'll never forget it :lol: no matter if he'd be runing through all the court rooting for the boys and with a big Chilean flag on his back :haha:

NicoFan
03-31-2006, 12:56 AM
you'd have to mention to that man or you weren't be happy right?? :rolleyes: of course that I'll never forget it :lol: no matter if he'd be runing through all the court rooting for the boys and with a big Chilean flag on his back :haha:

LMAO!!!! :haha:

OMG I can just picture that! :lol:

kidnicky
03-31-2006, 01:44 AM
it doesn't matter, even doing that I will never forget him :lol:

GonzoFan
03-31-2006, 04:26 AM
LMAO!!!! :haha:

OMG I can just picture that! :lol:

same here, NicoFan :haha:

I imagine Coria doing that :haha: and I also picture the boys face seeing Coria doing that :haha: they would be like :speakles: http://www.cosgan.de/images/midi/konfus/a020.gif http://www.cosgan.de/images/midi/konfus/e015.gif

GonzoFan
03-31-2006, 06:03 AM
But I'm glad Coria is going to this Davis Cup tie :) and I hope he and Gonzo will work things out :unsure:

NicoFan
03-31-2006, 01:09 PM
I imagine Coria doing that :haha: and I also picture the boys face seeing Coria doing that :haha: they would be like :speakles: http://www.cosgan.de/images/midi/konfus/a020.gif http://www.cosgan.de/images/midi/konfus/e015.gif

I love those smilies! That was great! :lol:

I hope Fernando and Guille can work it out too.

The boys arrived in California - doesn't sound like they practiced and they will begin today.

kidnicky
03-31-2006, 02:21 PM
I'm a bad influence for the boys :lol: I'm the only one supporting Feña with his attitude for that guy :p anyway they don't listen to me so who cares, I'll never forgive him no matter what :devil:

mmm no news yet about practices so I guess that maybe later

NicoFan
03-31-2006, 03:20 PM
Interview with Nico in Radio Cooperativa.cl:

The viñamarino, before travelling to California, crumbled to the rival that will have in the American assembly and though considered as very complicated the collision for Chile, affirmed that "they also are worried".

Nicolas Massú, the number two of the Chilean team of Cup Davis, did not doubt in aiming the match with United States, set for the 7, 8 and 9 of April in California, as "the most difficult one of the last 25 years" for the national tennis inside this contest.

Moments before undertaking the airplane bound for Palm Springs, the viñamarino commented in dialogue with the special envoy of Al Air Free in Cooperative, Rodrigo Hernández, the complicated thing that the match for Chile will result.

"I believe that for all, in the last 20 ó 25 years is the most difficult one, because we play with a world power, we play against all the adverse conditions that can have: on grass, in the surface that less we handle, of visit, with one player who is number four (Andy Roddick), the other is nine (James Blake) and the doubles players are number one (Bob and Mike Bryan)", argued.

Nevertheless, despite al power of the rival one, Massú does not lose the hope to offer a satisfaction in the American grass.

"It is a very complete team, but with Fernando we are going to treat to give the surprise. When we play for Chile we generally raise the level. It is going to be difficult, we do not have anything that to lose, but we are with faith that the things I hope they turn out well", affirmed the pupilo of Gabriel Markus.

In fact, is convinced that United States respects enough al national team, what reflects itself in the decision to carry the encounter al grass.

"They also is worried, by something they put grass, but to have been played in hardcourts. They always play in here, very rare they play clay, once against Spain. It is the same thing that went to Chile, we would put clay and the favorite would be we and they would not have anything that to lose", aimed.

Analysis by player

Massú evaluated the virtues of each member of the American team beginning for Andy Roddick, the first adversary that will have in Rancho Mirage.

"The it is the second better player of the world today in grass, that is to say, two finalsin Wimbledon and to be champion in Queen' s three continued times, means that behind (Roger) Federer he is the most complete one on grass, by his powerful one he remove", he thought.

"Blake is a player that passes for the best moment of his career, does neither he have a lot of experience on grass, but with confidence any thing passes", continued the viñamarino.

As soon as al parted of binomials, more than emphasizing the brothers Bryan, the Chilean stood out the aspects to improve of his play next to Fernando González.

"I believe that the most difficult point for us is going to be the double, by the form in which we play, very behind, and on grass thus himself he cannot be played. So we are going to treat to change a little the plan and to see how the training in the first days are given", he explained.

Massú travels next to González and the captain Hans Gildemeister. Already in Palm Springs will unite them itself Paul Capdeville and Adrián Garcia, the two member remainders of the team. (Cooperative.cl)

kidnicky
03-31-2006, 04:38 PM
thanks for the article NicoFan!! I agree with Nico, they don't have anything to lose and a lot to win and I'm pretty sure that they could give some nice surprises to the americans :p

NicoFan
03-31-2006, 09:51 PM
From Radio Cooperativa.c:

From Radio Cooperativa.cl:

Thanks to a management of the captain Hans Gildemeister, the Chilean team of Cup Davis could agree before al precinct where will be disputed the collision before United States, what was noticeable by the players.

An important point to its favor added this Friday the Chilean team of Cup Davis that is enlisted to face to United States between the 7 and April 9 next, since its players could advance the training where the series will be played and to test the grass of Mission Hills, something that stood out by Nicolas Massú.

In dialogue with Rodrigo Hernández, special envoy of Al Air Free in Cooperative to California, the number two national stood out the possibility to coach in the same grass where will be played the encounter, what was obtained thanks to a personal management of the captain, Hans Gildemeister.

"It is well, the court in which we were yesterday (Thursday) was of training and is enough evil, with the long grass, but was not where we were going to play. Now already we obtain us the club, and we are to 20 meters of the court where is going to play the Cup Davis", maintained the viñamarino.

For Massú, the fact to be able to coach since already in the precinct of Rancho Mirage is very positive for the national team, that seeks to be adapted to the surface that less accommodates to its play.

"These they are the courts that are going to occupy we and the Americans, and they are in very good state, in perfect conditions. It is not easy to have a court of grass, but this is very good", indicated.

Massú recognized the difficulty that generates to work on grass for the players that are not usual, like their case and that of Fernando González: "Al principle costs because they work other muscles, the ball is a lot more low, there is less blows of fund and the mobility is different to any another type of surface, but with the to pass from the days we are going to go feeling better than, indicated.

Regarding the match before Andy Roddick and company, the pupilo of Gabriel Markus reiterated its conviction to seek a surprise: "We knew that is going to be a quite difficult challenge but we are here to do the best, we are going to fight and we are going to treat of gain", assured.

The Chilean team initially would be able to act in Mission Hills only from Monday 3 of April, but with this will be able to advance its work "in situ" with a view toward having a better adaptation to the surface chosen by the team commanded by Patrick McEnroe.

The spirit in the combined national is of the better once the bitter eliminations were surpassed in Key Biscayne of Massú and González, and more still as soon as this Friday they were informed that Chile is inside the eight countries that will be able to participate in the World Cup of Düsseldorf, where was two-time champion in 2003 and 2004.

This it was achieved as soon as the participating overall list in the German contest to run, although now they will be González and Massú the responsible for deciding if they will attend or not al event that begins May 22, and that precedes al Grand Slam of Roland Garros. (Cooperative.cl)

GonzoFan
04-02-2006, 06:14 AM
I posted some pics of the boys in Mission Hills on Gonzo's forum ;)

NicoFan
04-02-2006, 11:07 PM
Thanks GF!!! :hug:

I see that goatee thing back on Nico's face. :bigcry:

And Fernando has a goatee thing on his face too. :bigcry:

:banghead:

Por que chicos???????????????????? Por que??????????????????????????????

:sad:

Such cute faces, we should be able to see them.

:lol:

NicoFan
04-02-2006, 11:43 PM
Poor Nico... :hug: Sounds like he's frustrated on the grass.

Stupid mean Americans for picking grass. :mad:

From Radio Cooperativa:

The number two of Chile recognized that has had some problems in the tactical training in grass as to return remove and to be gone to the network. Nevertheless, it declared that remains a week to improve those weaknesses.

The first practices clearly tenísticas in lawn that is complying the Chilean team of Cup Davis in Mission Hills, California, where the 7, 8 and 9 of April the end rooms encounter set against United States will be played, they have not been exempt of problems, since Nicolas Massú confessed its difficulties to get the rhythm of movement in this surface.

The number two of Chile commented in conversation with the special envoy of Radio Cooperative, Rodrigo Hernández, that has not been able to assimilate well the displacements in these days of test.

"It is the first day that we begin us to move, previously we play always in the place and this is what costs, the reflections, to return a remove suddenly, to know to elect a ball to be gone to the network, to hit a passing that are things that goes them you giving the training", maintained Massú distressed by the incovenientes initial.

Nevertheless, the viñamarino rescued that "each day that passes you go feeling better, the good thing is that recently we are beginning, and remains still almost a week by playing, and in that interval of time, day by day we should begin to feel us better."

In the practices day quarter, the viñamarino and Fernando González will practice in double shift singles and double, and they will seek to guarantee thier play in grass, after disputing on Saturday the first one set in this type of courts, that finished with victory for the native of The Queen for 6-3.

González admitted that these training disputing matches in grass help because "what is important is to begin to remove well, to have good slice, and to try to close some points in the network that is super important".

Stop this Sunday expects the arrival of the American tennis players James Blake, Andy Roddick and the brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, that will travel in a jet private from Miami to California to be put to the orders of the captain Patrick MacEnroe. (Cooperative.cl)

kidnicky
04-03-2006, 04:13 AM
Yeah! stupid americans for picking the stupid grass :fiery: anyway we'll introduce to them the Chilean garra :lol:

He sounds kind of upset for the grass but at the same time confident that he has a complete week to work out with the problems that he's having .. He'll be fine, i'm confident about my boy this time... VAMOS CHILE!!! VAMOS NICO!!!! :bounce:

NicoFan
04-03-2006, 01:43 PM
Articulo de Radio Cooperativa.cl:

The national team of Cup Davis will be able to know this Monday the court of pasture where will be delegated this weekend the end rooms series set against United States.

The Chilean team of Cup Davis will know this Monday, to the 12:00 hours of Chile (16:00 GMT), the central court of Mission Hills, setting where this 7, 8 and 9 of April the collision set against United States will be disputed.

The pupilos of Hnas Gildemeister arrived at California the past Thursday 30 of March, but they had not had the opportunity to coach in the court that will harbor the match.

Sunday they arrived at Mission Hill the American tennis players James Blake, Andy Roddick and the brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, who they travelled in a jet private from Miami to California.

Nicolas Massú had the opportunity to see in action to the localities in their first practice and commented Radio Cooperativa "it will be difficult because all the tennis players that are the circuit hit well to the ball, but one must see how do they cause being moved it. All we know how is Roddick in grass, that in that surface is the better second after (Roger) Federer, but lack to see Blake. The double one of the Bryan is dangerous".

Massú added that exists confidence in the national team to be able to give the blow: "We are very you united, with good attitude, with desires and throwing for the same side... the result the weekend will be seen". (Cooperative.cl)

kidnicky
04-03-2006, 02:25 PM
Thanks for the article NicoFan, we'll have a bussy week right?? :lol: there's an article in la tercera wrote by Feña and he said that they don't feel that Davis Cup is in the air in California, like they feel everytime in Chile and that most of the people doesn't even know that the next weekend the tie will be play :shrug:

I'm starting to feel nervous but I'm pretty confident about our boys so VAMOOOS CHILENOS!!!! :fiery:

NicoFan
04-03-2006, 02:33 PM
Thanks for the article NicoFan, we'll have a bussy week right?? :lol: there's an article in la tercera wrote by Feña and he said that they don't feel that Davis Cup is in the air in California, like they feel everytime in Chile and that most of the people doesn't even know that the next weekend the tie will be play :shrug:

I'm starting to feel nervous but I'm pretty confident about our boys so VAMOOOS CHILENOS!!!! :fiery:

Yeah most Americans don't know a thing about tennis so they certainly aren't paying attention to the Davis Cup.

It is night and day between Chile and the US for atmosphere when it comes to Davis Cup. When the US beat Romania in the last tie, people were clapping but it wasn't the total wild excitement that we heard for Chile beating Slovakia. And the chicos were celebrating so much and there was so much happiness, and for the US it was like hey grab the flag and run around cuz that's what we're supposed to do for good photos. :shrug: :lol: And especially in California which is not a sports state and doesn't get excited about any sports even the "big" sports in the US.

Then people here want me to root for the US because I'm an American and I'm supposed to be patriotic even though I adore my chicos all year. Yeah right. :p When the Americans (besides Andy y James) actually get some hunger and desire in their game, and the people get some exctiement about DC maybe I'd think about it - though not too hard cuz I'd still root for my two beloved chicos any time over the US!!! ;) :lol:

kidnicky
04-03-2006, 02:46 PM
I remember when you said that about the last tie in the US NicoFan, maybe the crowd was like "why Andy is running with a flag on the court, did he win the olympics or what??" :lol: so that's why the boys (and me) are sure that they'll really feel the support from the chileans that will be there. So I agree with you! support our Chilenos!!! :p people really need to stop thinking that because you don't support some sports team this doesn't mean that you hate your country :lol: I do the same with the foot ball soccer team so who cares :shrug: (I stoped rooting for them since I cried more than an hour in the world cup on 1994 :lol: )

NicoFan
04-03-2006, 04:34 PM
I've done that too Kid crying for an hour! :lol: And yeah, I don't hate my country, just love my Chileans more than I like the American players! ;)

And FYI - I translated the article that Fernando wrote - its on Fernando's board. Very interesting that Andre said that the Americans shouldn't have chosen grass. From what I'm reading, he's not the only one.

NicoFan
04-03-2006, 05:09 PM
More from Radio Cooperativa.cl:

The captain of the national picture opted for giving him evening rest to the players for erode them not too much. This Monday will take up again that yes the work in double shift.

Although it was expected that in the afternoon of this Sunday in California the Chilean team of Davis Cup carried out its second training of the day, the captain Hans Gildemeister suspended the evening session.

The measure surprised, but the national coach delivered its explanation in dialogue with the special envoy of Radio Cooperativa, Rodrigo Hernández.

"First because we had coached Friday near five hours, on Saturday also five hours, besides gymnasium, and because tomorrow (Monday) we do double shift again. So I gave rest in the afternoon so that they played with energy, since we have the central court of 09:00 to 12:00 (12:00 and 15:00 of Chile) and of 15:00 to 16:30 (18:00 to 19:30)", commented.

"We are going to have two shifts Monday and Tuesday and surely Wednesday and Thursday a shift, because one must keep the energies for the match. The grass is very desgastador (?) and leaves you very adolorido (?)", added Gildemeister.

This Sunday also began to work the American assembly with Andy Roddick, James Blake and the brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.

He called the attention the fast thing that adapted Roddick to the surface of pasture of Mission Hills, despite that recently comes leaving tournaments in cement.

The news in the United States is that al to seem the captain will not be Patrick McEnroe, who very quick will be father, but Dean Goldfine, and that directed the practice of the team. (Cooperative.cl)

kidnicky
04-03-2006, 05:14 PM
yes, I do that now but only for Nico :lol: and that's the advantage of not having any important mexican tennis player haha! I can love my chilenos as much as I want :p

yes I read that about Andre, I was :eek: maybe Fernando was the same when Andre told him that :lol: and a lot of people is saying that this won't be easy for the americans and that if Chile wins, that wouldn't be a surprise ;)

NicoFan
04-03-2006, 05:34 PM
I checked weather.com to see how hot it was going to be for the weekend.

Well the weather for the actual matches will be beautiful - sunny and about 80 degrees - perfect - I was worried it would be really really hot at this time of year in Palm Springs.

But isolated thunder showers today, RAIN tomorrow, and and isolated thunder showers Wednesday.

Sucks for Nico because he needs the practice.

Of course sucks for James too because he also needs the practice and the Americans just got there Sunday. At least Nico got a couple more days in than James.

Hopefully today and Wednesday will just be passing thunderstorms. Of course grass gets really slippery and muddy in the wet so they will have to wait a long time after it rains in order to play again. :eek:

And all I heard when I was complaining about the choice of venue was how BEAUTIFUL the weather was in California. :rolleyes: Hmmm...sucked for IW and now is sucking again. ;) :lol: Might as well have it here in NY. :haha:

kidnicky
04-03-2006, 06:00 PM
hahaha yeah lovely weather right??? hopefully they'll have some chances to practice, Nico needs to practice and he wants to practice ... damn! the americans should start to choose a different state than just California :rolleyes: anyway ... thanks for the info NicoFan!

GonzoFan
04-03-2006, 06:16 PM
Interview with Nico

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_5687_mp3.MP3

NicoFan
04-03-2006, 06:17 PM
Gracias GF!

I'll listen to it when I get home.

kidnicky
04-03-2006, 06:46 PM
damn!!!! why am I always at work when somebody finds an audio?!?! :rolleyes: thanks GonzoFan!!

GonzoFan
04-03-2006, 10:09 PM
I hope someone can tell me what he says 'cause I couldn't hear it ... the audio it's not working for me :sobbing:

kidnicky
04-03-2006, 10:33 PM
I need my headphones here!!! :sobbing: I'd tell you GonzoFan but I'll be at home at night and I don't know if I'd remember to hear the audio, my mind is not working properly since you know when :p

Sparko1030
04-03-2006, 10:43 PM
Then people here want me to root for the US because I'm an American and I'm supposed to be patriotic even though I adore my chicos all year. Yeah right. :p When the Americans (besides Andy y James) actually get some hunger and desire in their game, and the people get some exctiement about DC maybe I'd think about it - though not too hard cuz I'd still root for my two beloved chicos any time over the US!!! ;) :lol:

:hug: :hug: I'm like you Nicofan! How can we produce greater feelings for the US team after so passionatlely supporting the Chileans the rest of the year???? They can call us unpatriotic but they can't call us fickle! :lol: Of course where I live nobody even knows who Andy Roddick is let alone the Davis Cup so I'm not bothered by such foolish people. And I do really really like James and wish him well rest of the year and am so proud of all he has acommplished but the Chileans will always be #1 for me! :kiss: And besides, what is more American than roooting for the underdog??? :shrug:

NicoFan
04-03-2006, 11:22 PM
:hug: :hug: I'm like you Nicofan! How can we produce greater feelings for the US team after so passionatlely supporting the Chileans the rest of the year???? They can call us unpatriotic but they can't call us fickle! :lol: Of course where I live nobody even knows who Andy Roddick is let alone the Davis Cup so I'm not bothered by such foolish people. And I do really really like James and wish him well rest of the year and am so proud of all he has acommplished but the Chileans will always be #1 for me! :kiss: And besides, what is more American than roooting for the underdog??? :shrug:

Its not just where you live - I don't think 90% of the people in the country know who Andy is or what the Davis Cup is. Sad state affairs for tennis in the US. :sad:

And that's not going to be helped by the USTA playing Davis Cup matches in elitest venues like this one with a small stadium and expensive seats. :eek: Look at where the Chileans had their last tie - a huge stadium where everyone had a chance to go - and they have it in difference places in Chile every time. Unlike here where we have it in California every time. ;) :lol:

And you're right - rooting for the underdog is an American tradition!!! And Nico and Fernando both always have that fight to the end underdog thing going on. :lol:

NicoFan
04-03-2006, 11:45 PM
:woohoo:

Our Nico is feeling better on the grass! I knew he could do it! :yeah:

And I know Fernando will be serving great come Friday! :bigclap:

From Radio Cooperativa:

The number two of the Chilean Davis Cup team showed a great level in the court that will harbor the matches against United States, and reinforced his convictions: "Each day that passes I feel better".

While Fernando González not yet fully recovers the confidence in his shots and continues working to arrive at its maximum performance, the face opposed in California lives it Nicolas Massú, who each day shows a better level and this Monday left it in clear, al to carry out a great practice on the gras of the Court Central of Mission Hills.

After the first training in the court that will harbor the quarterfinals series of the World Group of Davis Cupbefore United States, the viñamarino withdrew with the optimism to stop, since all in the team they coincided in standing out its excellent performance in a surface where gradually goes adapting.

"To play in grass is so rare that suddenly one gets the timing and you begin to hit it well and feel well during a long while, and at times since one does not understand the first days the play in this surface, but to the extent that they pass the days goes feeling better", commented Massú.

The number two national indicated that from to little goes knowing which are the better shots and movements in the herb of Mission Hills, when still has four days to continue being adapted before the début of this Friday 7 of April.

"I have to order my play according to this surface, is the fourth day that are coaching and today (Monday) was noted. I changed a lot, I returned well, I failed very little in the kickabouts and I go calm because still they remain four days to improve, and that motivates me because each day that passes I feel better", maintained. "I played well and I go very I please, because I believe that is the best day since I am here", concluded.

González worked time "extra"

Nicolas Massú withdrew early to the locker rooms to the wait of the practical second of the day, but Fernando González was maintained in the Court Central with the together objective to continue tuning up details al captain Hans Gildemeister, and to add minutes in court with a view toward recovering his better performance.

In dialogue with Cooperative Radio, Gildemeister explained that the idea is to take advantage of al maximum the work with the number one national, to gain in confidence before the match set against Andy Roddick and company.

"Nicolas (Massú) comes playing well all the year, he is with a lot of confidence and nowadays (Monday) did an excellent practice, on the other hand to Fernando lacks him a little. He has to recover the blow since the fund of court, and that is pure confidence, and is convenient that have the greater quantity of hours", indicated the national captain.

Gildemeister emphasized the arrival to Rancho Mirage of the doctor Alejandro Orizola, who this Monday will examine to González to determine what processing will employ with the objective that the player arrive with the right shoulder in conditions for seek the surprise with his better weapon: the service.

"The he remove he is fundamental in grass, above all with (James) Blake, and if Fernando walks well with the service does not fit me the smaller doubt that can do a good match and inclusive to win. I am very excited", indicated.

The national team will coach again during the afternoon of this Monday, with the objective to continue with the adaptation to the grass. (Cooperative.cl)

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 12:06 AM
Interview with Nico

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_5687_mp3.MP3

OMG! He's soooo adorable in this interview...I just love the way he speaks English....so cute. :hug: And everytime I hear him speak English I think of how the papers always say his English isn't good - he speaks English very well - he has an accent, but shoot, of course, he does. He says some things wrong, but its the things that all the Spanish players say wrong - like they always say - I really want to won (instead of win).

Basically he said that it will be difficult match but they will do their best. The US has very good players. And hopes Chile can win so they can make the SFs after a long time. He doesn't know if he likes to play on grass or not because he doesn't play much, but that he did well in the juniors on grass. But DC is different because there is different motivation playing for his country. And he said that for him to play for Chile means a lot, means almost everything for him because you play for your name and for your country. For Latin America, when you play for Chile, it is one of the biggest things in his career and in his life. Big thing when all of Chile is behind him. And that if Chile beats the US, they will go crazy, it will be like when he won the gold. (It was funny, when they asked what people in Chile would do if they beat the US, someone in the background laughed :lol: I laughed too - I was thinking, it will be awesome! People will go wild! :woohoo: ) And last he said that Chile has nothing to lose, that it is the US that has to win.

GonzoFan
04-04-2006, 02:45 AM
Thanks for telling us what he said, NicoFan :D

Wish I could hear it ...

*Viva Chile*
04-04-2006, 02:49 AM
Nico's accent :tape: :lol:

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 02:53 AM
GF - de nada...

Viva Chile - awwwww his accent is cute! I love it. I think men speaking English with a Spanish accent is hot... :lol:

Fergie
04-04-2006, 03:02 AM
I have the feeling that Nico will be the hero this weekend :angel:

Vamos!!! :bounce:

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 03:12 AM
I have the feeling that Nico will be the hero this weekend :angel:

Vamos!!! :bounce:

Both guys are going to be heros. :yeah:

Takes a team to win Davis Cup - just like they did in the Olympics, the two of them are going to help each other and keep each other going. :cool:

The two chicos... :hug:

Fergie
04-04-2006, 03:20 AM
I'm not sure about Feña (his shoulder), but seems like Nico is realy focus for this tie ;)

Sparko1030
04-04-2006, 04:47 AM
Thanks for the article and what Nico said. (I haven't tried to play it yet but will after this) I agree, Nico does sound very focused. Grass isn't his thing BUT he is confident again and playing, well, like Nico!!! :D I'm a little worried about Fena too-actually I think he will play through any pain for DC-I'm more worried what the effect will be after. But, I know he will give it his all. :rocker2:

And Nicofan, about the popularity of tennis in the US. I don't know. Its is viewed as more an upper class sort of sport here and it seems the USTA is just reinforceing that image. Tennis can apeal to more people if they get to exposed to it. Hubby likes tennis now and likes to watch it with me and he is definatly the football/basketball/hockey "if there isn't a chance of seeing some blood its a wimpy sport" type. :lol:

Sparko1030
04-04-2006, 05:01 AM
I just listened to Nico's audio and he speaks English well. I like the accent too! ;) Thanks for the link Gonzofan. :wavey:

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 01:03 PM
I don't want to take too much joy in this because practices and matches are two different things. But Andy seems a bit tense, and James didn't practice at all?

Hmmmm... :lol: :lol:

From latercera.cl:

The central court where will be played the match between Chile and United States has capacity for some five thousand people. The tribunals are surrounded with American flags, that certainly contains the same colors that the national flag. To here arrived yesterday Andy Roddick to comply the second day of practices, the first one in the court main. To the same hour, Mike and Bob Bryan, present numbers one of the world, they practiced in courts you help, in the meantime James Blake opted for resting, therefore its body already begins to pass the invoice of an extenuante season.

The Americans are worried and even have taken attitudes of most greatest zeal, to such extent that yesterday they permitted the income of the Chilean press to none of the two training. The most rigorous one, in this sense, was Roddick, who even asked the security guards that ousted the place. As it commented Hans Gildemeister "this itself due to that Roddick is not with a lot of confidence and is not coaching of the all well".

United States does not count on its captain, Patrick McEnroe, who is in New York in the expectation that be born its first son. In its replacement appeared Dean Goldfine, former coach of Roddick, who should be seated on the chair Friday. To such extent the worry arrives by recovering al former number one of the world that the practices are also guided for his brother and coach John, with whom has not had good results.

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 01:06 PM
From latercera.cl:

"I do not fear any surface"

Nicolas Massú gained a lot of confidence after the season of clay, where won a title (Costo do Sauípe) and arrived at a the finals (Vina del Mar). And though in the tournaments on American hardcourts was not him all how well expected (second round in Miami and third in Indian Wells), his present moment permits him to expect with confidence the matches before United States. Thus he is seen in the practices and also when speaks of the matches of the weekend.

"I know that will be a difficult series, but they respect us and by something they put us grass", the viñamarino after the evening training says, the one that almost is seen interrupted by the rain that threatened to fall during all the afternoon in Rancho Mirage.

The "Vampire" even him does not fear the grass.

"What happens is that I am not like other players that do the remove to some surfaces. I believe that I can adapt to the grass, no matter how more a little cost me more than other", the second national racquet says.

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 01:10 PM
From latercera.cl:

To two hours and a half of Los Angeles is located Rancho Mirage, a city in the middle of the desert where the luxury feels and is seen on all sides. A place of rest of the American high class, that entertains playing basically golf, sport crashes by these sides and whose fields flood the Coachella Valley. Exactly one of the most important it is the Mission Hills Country Club, where during the last four days the first one was played major of the year of the LPGA, with Nicole Perrot among the participants. The same place where since Friday, Fernando González, Nicolas Massú and company they prepare the Davis Cup matches set against United States, in the quarterfinals of the World Group.

Few they know in Rancho Mirage that this weekend will be disputed an event of such magnitude. Even, in the same precinct costs to find someone that deliver the instructions to hit upon the three courts of pasture with which he counts the Club. Clearly that all he is facilitated when to the distance itself to makes out to Hans Gildemeister of a golf cart, just after he finalized the morning training of the Chilean team of Davis Cup, who yesterday for the first time he stepped the court central where will be played the confrontation.

And the "Bionic" is optimistic. "We carry three days of very strong training and the players each time they go feeling better. Today (yesterday) we step the central court for the first time and is faster than the other of training. But with the to run of the days and al to step it we expect that be put slower al to be eroded a little", explains the Chilean captain.

Still it lacks

It is clear that González and Massú cross for different moments. In this sense is the viñamarino who arrives better outlined for the match before the Americans.

And that also it has been noted in these days. In fact, again Gonzalez has shown physical problems that accompany it since played in Rancagua before Slovakia. A theme of care (yesterday withdrew with ice in the right shoulder), therefore if suffers inconveniences with difficulty its remove will function him, key aspect in grass.

"It is not that sits down pain in the shoulder, but is tired me the back, but I expect that with the processing affect not me in the days of matches", said González.

Massú, in the meantime, complied an excellent practice yesterday. "Perhaps what lacks to Nico is to prepare mentally a lot more in which is playing in grass. The it has to seek the refund, to be more aggressive and to enter a little more to the network. But it is something that is working", commented the Chilean captain.

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 01:15 PM
And Nicofan, about the popularity of tennis in the US. I don't know. Its is viewed as more an upper class sort of sport here and it seems the USTA is just reinforceing that image. Tennis can apeal to more people if they get to exposed to it. Hubby likes tennis now and likes to watch it with me and he is definatly the football/basketball/hockey "if there isn't a chance of seeing some blood its a wimpy sport" type. :lol:

:lol: about hubby! And great that he likes tennis now. :yeah:

When I first started watching tennis, it was still seen as an upper class sport but Connors and Johnny Mac reallly brought it to more people. They were so out spoken and brash that everyone knew who they were, and even though they were seen as rich superbrats, they were still popular with everyone...or if not popular, at least talked about. And the US Open at that time was more gritty and wild.

Those days are gone. :sad:

Look at the comments about Rancho Mirage. Like you said the USTA is reinforcing the image as a rich only sport. Really a shame because it doesn't have to be that way.

kidnicky
04-04-2006, 03:52 PM
oh finally I finished reading all the articles, oh this is when I love the Chilean press for having so much information about our boys :p

I'm so happy that Nico is feeling better, I'm so stupid but I was about to cry when I read all those articles :sobbing: is just that it pissed me off that everyone thinks that Nico is the lost point in this tie and to read that he's feeling so confident and that he's getting better makes me feel so happy :hug: ... a little worried about Feña though, but like he said, playing this tie is very important for them and I know that they'll give their best this weekend and I'm pretty sure that they'll make us soo happy too!

They're right, Chile would be completely crazy if they could win this but a question ... what would be our reaction?? do you think that actually there's an adjective to describe how we'd be?!?!?!? :haha:

VAMOOOS CHILENOOOOS!!!! :fiery:

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 04:21 PM
I'm so happy that Nico is feeling better, I'm so stupid but I was about to cry when I read all those articles :sobbing: is just that it pissed me off that everyone thinks that Nico is the lost point in this tie and to read that he's feeling so confident and that he's getting better makes me feel so happy :hug: ... a little worried about Feña though, but like he said, playing this tie is very important for them and I know that they'll give their best this weekend and I'm pretty sure that they'll make us soo happy too!

I'm glad that he feels better too. I'm still a bit worried because I know that if he doesn't win, the press will rip him apart. And in GM here on MTF too. :mad: But win or lose at love, we still love him! :hug:

They're right, Chile would be completely crazy if they could win this but a question ... what would be our reaction?? do you think that actually there's an adjective to describe how we'd be?!?!?!? :haha:


I have my flag ready - and don't laugh, but I'm buying a red Adidas shirt tonight to wear for the matches on Saturday and Sunday. :lol: And if they win, I will run up and down 5th Avenue with my Chilean flag yelling - WE WON WE WON! :haha:

I want them to win sooo much. It would be the greatest....well winning the golds were the greatest...second greatest. ;)

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 05:02 PM
More on Radio Cooperativa:

The viñamarino related that after the victory on Slovakia in February passed has not left to think about a victory on the Americans in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup.

Despite that the conditions of the court of pasture of Mission Hills are quite adverse for the style of play of the Chilean team of Cup Davis, Nicolas Massú confessed that maintains intact the dream to conquer to United States this 7, 8 and 9 of April.

On the fight by the step to semifinals of Cup Davis, Massú counted to Al Air Free in Cooperative that "since we beat Slovakia, I have been thinking about this challenge and the dream of beating the United States".

"They pass many things by the head, but they (the Americans) are the favorite and they are the ones that put the conditions of play. We will try to do the possible thing, although I believe that we have chances", added.

kidnicky
04-04-2006, 05:03 PM
that's why i don't visit GM here :lol: for my own health and I'm not worried (until now) for the press because Nico seems so confident and happy, that I'm in the same mood so I won't read nasty stuff on Monday, I'm sure about that :yeah:

If you'd do that, I guess that now you'd really lose your citizenship :lol: now my problem is the computer for the weekend because now my car is not working so I don't know what would I do!?!?!?! but I have to follow that tie no matter what and I'm ready to cry like crazy and to scream in the same way ... but all that for happiness :banana: the boys will be great!! I know that!!!! :bounce:

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 07:08 PM
Kid - I'm having a day like yours yesterday - I have so much to do, but I don't feel llike working. I just want Friday to come and see Davis Cup! :woohoo:

I hope it is good and not a nightmare. :eek: I'm scared for our chicos. Surrounded by hostile fans, and no one rooting for them except a handful of Chileans. Poor chicos. :hug:

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 07:58 PM
HEY EVERYONE! :wavey:

Any one interested in having a chat either tomorrow or Thursday evening about the DC matches? 7, 8, or 9 o'clock whenever everything thinks is best.

Unfortunately because its a weekday, it would just be the South/Central/North Americans. Sorry to our European friends. :hug: Though you are obviously welcome if you want to stay up to the wee hours of the morning. :eek: :lol:

It would be for the people in Nico's and Fernando's forums.

And in English and Espanol - a chaotic crazy chat! :lol:

Let me know what you think, and which day/time you think is best.

kidnicky
04-04-2006, 08:28 PM
oh NicoFan, I hate those kind of days :o ... I've been soo bussy now and even worse 'cause my mom is at the hospital and I've to leave work earlier :rolleyes: anyway I'm just like you, I just want the weekend now!!! :lol:

Chat would be fun but I'm always having problems with the dates so I'll wait and see if I can make it or not ;)

Sparko1030
04-04-2006, 09:42 PM
:awww: As the sayng goes Nicofan ,"when it rains it pours"...I have something going both nights which is unusual for me. I seem to have bad timing when it comes to chats. :sad:

NicoFan
04-04-2006, 11:40 PM
That's okay Kid and Sparko - its last minute so not sure if anyone will be able to do it.

And this was funny - there's a lesbian district conference going on at the hotel that the chicos are at - I didn't translate the entire article but Nico seems to be amused by it. :lol:

http://www.lun.com/modulos/catalogo/paginas/2006/04/04/LUCPRDE24LU0404.htm?idnoticia=C7JCIEL420060404

Fergie
04-05-2006, 02:25 AM
I'll miss the chat too :sad:

Sparko1030
04-05-2006, 05:53 AM
I have my flag ready - and don't laugh, but I'm buying a red Adidas shirt tonight to wear for the matches on Saturday and Sunday. :lol: And if they win, I will run up and down 5th Avenue with my Chilean flag yelling - WE WON WE WON! :haha:

I want them to win sooo much. It would be the greatest....well winning the golds were the greatest...second greatest. ;)

Nicofan, I must have been skimming too fast this afternoon when I was reading this thread cause I don't know how I could have missed that! You'd better be careful what you pledge to do because there is a good chance you will have to do that! Of course in NYC no one would think that was too crazy :lol:

A win for Chile would be so awesome! I will not promise to run thru the streets though! :haha:

Bloodletting
04-05-2006, 01:10 PM
Look at where the Chileans had their last tie - a huge stadium where everyone had a chance to go

that's not 100% true, actually the tickets were quite expensive for the tie against the slovaks. But they do it on purpose as they don't want to repeat the experience against Argentina.

In that time (2000 I believe) they hosted a tie in a still under construction huge arena with 15.000 mad people which half of them were hooligans, ultras from football teams and similar people. To make things even worse, the press and media talked all week about the "rivalry" and how the audience should involucrate in the match. They even sold some alcohol in the arena. It was amazing, Zabaleta in his match had to wait arround 3-5 minutes EVERY TIME he had to serve! Well I looked bad and ended very bad, at arround the 3rd set of the 2nd rubber people ended throwing the loose plastic chairs to the court, Argentina retired and Chile was punished with no home ties for two years.

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 02:22 PM
Thanks Bloodletting for the correction.

It shows a lot though for them to sell out the Slovakia tie even if the tickets were expensive.

I remember reading about the incident at Parque O'Higgins. Nico said it was the most embarrassing moment of his pro career. :eek: But I think people learned their lesson and doubt it would happen again.

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 02:36 PM
From Radio Cooperativa:

The double Olympic champion recognizes that in grass the options of the American are enlarged, but recalled that the two times in which they were faced defeated it.

Nicolas Massú (37° of the ATP) has coached rigorously for the collision of Cup Davis set against United States. It has been killed in each practice in the grass of Mission Hillss of Rancho Mirage and dares to challenge to Andy Roddick (4°), to whom he beat the two times in which the faces in the circuit have been seen.

"The it has greater experience that I have on grass, but we have played two times, in clay and fast trail, and I have beat him. Never I have lost with him and that weighs. Logically that in grass the possibilities of him rise more than mine", commented Massú.

Massú, who defeated al American in the Masters Series of Madrid in 2003 (indoor hardcourt) and in the Masters Series of Hamburg 2005 (clay), recalled also that Roddick does not come in its better moment: comes to fall in quarterfinals in Indian Wells and the quarters in Miami.

"Perhaps comes without confidence, has not won many matches. Last year was not his better season and his good one ranking itself the due to the final in Wimbledon and the title in Queen's... his level on grass is elevated", commented Massú.

The viñamarino related that in the Masters Series of Indian Wells, after falling before Roger Federer, Roddick apporached him and commented: "I had to put grass to beat you some time", in reference to the Davis Cup match.

Roddick offered a press conference Tuesday and commented that "In the Cup Davis can pass any thing, especially keeping in mind the history of Fernando (González) and Nicolas (Massú) playing for their country. They won two times the World Cup by Teams in Germany and I was seated in the first row when they won the Olympic Games in Athens. It was surprising".

"I do not believe that can transfer automatically what happens in the circuit and the rankings to the Cup Davis, because are different things", added.

This Wednesday the Chileans will continue with their plan of training and this Thursday to the 15:00 hours of our country (19:00 GMT) will be carried out the classic draw that will decide if the tie is opened with the match between Massú and Roddick or the match between Fernando González and James Blake. (Cooperative.cl)

kidnicky
04-05-2006, 03:20 PM
thanks for the article! I just read it on cooperativa ... who could believe that Nico hasn't lost with Andy?!?! :eek: this will be a different story I know but I'd love to keep the record :devil: ... we'll know tomorrow who's first ... I'm so nervous :scared: but I want Nico's match first, better to pass the first step first :p

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 03:23 PM
I would like Nico's match first also.

Fernando likes to sleep late too... ;) :lol:

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 03:38 PM
I know there are some people here that like James too - nice picture in lun.com:

http://www.lun.com/modulos/catalogo/paginas/2006/04/05/LUCPRDE21LU0504.htm?idnoticia=CTJCJ1QD20060405

kidnicky
04-05-2006, 03:43 PM
there's also a nice gallery in lun.com .. you've to see the third pic :lol: what the hell is Nico doing there?!??!

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 03:53 PM
:lol: Maybe he's retrieving a ball from over the fence?

The first picture - it looks like his hair is down? Hard to tell.

I'll post the first two pictures. I love the second one!

kidnicky
04-05-2006, 04:07 PM
what a way to look up for a ball :lol: .... and his hair is not down, is just the movement that he made that makes that effect :p ... nice nice pics, the ones from Feña are nice too!

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 04:09 PM
what a way to look up for a ball :lol: .... and his hair is not down, is just the movement that he made that makes that effect :p ... nice nice pics, the ones from Feña are nice too!

:lol: Geez, next time he should let someone else get it - he could get hurt. :eek: I know I know worrying about him again. ;) :lol:

The ones of Fena are very nice...I'll let GonzoFan know they are there - she knows how to post the pictures so they don't show up as thumbnails but as a part of the post and I don't know how to do that. :shrug:

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 04:24 PM
Sparko - you'll find this interesting. What an odd way of trying to make tennis more popular. :rolleyes: :lol:

From latercera.cl:

The USTA has among their missions to do that this sport be done a lot more popular in a country where are kings the American soccer, baseball and basketball. And it is for this reason that the headquarters of Cup Davis always is chosen with a lot care. The main idea is to carry confrontations where there is not tournaments and where the people can enjoy an event that only can see for television. For that reason it opted this time by the Mission Hills Country Club, of Rancho Mirage, that already was headquarters in 1978, when the Americans won the final against Great Britain.

The environment that expects for the match of the weekend will be very special for what is usual to see in South America. Though the demand of entrances has been very high and expects a full stadium for the three days of competence, the place will be far from being a "kettle".

The reason is simple. The greater quantity of people that al will come match will be inhabitants of Rancho Mirage, populated by people that on the average surpasses the 65 years, many of them formerly of Hollywood that come to pass their last years of life to this oasis in the middle of the southern desert of California.

"Here in the United States itself does not shout a lot, neither bars they are armed neither nothing of what can be seen in Latin American countries. The people applauds, encourages, but inside certain margins. And here it expects many greater people, for which should be a calm series", comments Tim Curry, member of the USTA.

Another factor that will help so that be not an on match is the little capacity of the court, in which they fit 4.337 spectators.

Also it calls the attention that very few know that the weekend they play in Mission Hills the main stars of the world tennis. "It is rare, because one always sees people that to one knows it and asks things. Here nothing", assures Fernando González.

A different series

To Nicolas Massú always he has liked to play with the people in against. In fact, one of its greater achievements was to have earned the ATP of Buenos Aires al Argentine Augustine Calleri with a complete stadium against him.

In Mission Hills will be different, what has pros and contras for the viñamarino. "I like playing with people against me. But here will be different. We expect a calm public and I believe that people will come more to see tennis that to encourage to United States. But always what occurs outside remains to a side and one must worry of what even inside the court", the number two of Chile thinks.

González thinks seemed. "Surely the Chilean people that will come to encourage will feel more than that of United States. That is somewhat good for us", explained Gonzalez, who plays its second series hostess by the World Group out of the country (the previous one was in Russia).

Already is said. They remain two days so that the quarterfinal series of the World Group be initiated and very few know that a so important event is played.

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 04:31 PM
I was joking earlier in the week about the California weather and that maybe they should have had it here in NY...well good thing they didn't. :lol: Its snowing like crazy here. :eek:

kidnicky
04-05-2006, 04:31 PM
how do we know that he actually is looking for a ball?!?! :lol: maybe he's just playing or I don't know what :p I even love how he looks in that pic, well the part that we can see of him

GonzoFan always knows everything about those things, I was about to ask her how does she do that of the pics on the post and not as a thumbnails :rolleyes:

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 04:38 PM
:lol: Kid! Yeah he does look good even seeing him just from his knees to his toes! :yeah: :lol: And you're right he might be doing something else...just what else I have no idea. ;) :lol: Whatever it is - be careful Nico - por favor! :eek:

Nice comments from Dean Goldfine for Nico and Fernando that I ripped off of Andy's site - hope Deb doesn't mind! :lol:

Massu and Gonzalez's play at the Olympics was a major reason why the U.S. wanted to play this tie on grass at Mission Hills.

"These guys, especially Massu, are capable of superhuman feats in terms of being able to be out on the court a ridiculous amount of time and coming back the next day and playing great tennis," Goldfine said.

kidnicky
04-05-2006, 05:54 PM
yes he has to be carefull :eek: oh my! how crazy we are!!! to like a pic like that when we only see his knees and feet :lol: oh let's face it NicoFan ... we're hopeless :rolleyes: I saved that pic on my computer can you believe it?!?!!? :haha:

Nice comments :p ... I guess that Goldfine and Andy remember a lot what happened at the Olympics :lol: let's bring Fish to comment something about this tie :p :devil: at least the american team knows that this won't be easy, the opposite happens with the american press specially with the guy that named Feña for his second name :lol:

Sparko1030
04-05-2006, 08:29 PM
:lol: Nicofan on the part popularity of tennis here and the choosing of Mission Hills. And so many people will be able to see it on television, yeah right :rolleyes: Well, at least the players aren't plagued by us rabid fans and I bet there's not a lot of night life there to entice them either so they should be getting a lot of rest. :haha:

Oh, and Kid, you should not bring up Fish where I'm going to see that name. I don't know why I despise the guy so miuch-oh wait, yes I do! I started disliking him when he was saying to PatMac during in the final that Nico was about to drop and he would win the gold or something to that effect. Yes....now it all comes back to me :rolls: Anyway, I have knee jerk reaction to that name like you do to that Argentine whose intials are GC :rolls: Yeah, I bet he has some memories of losing to Nico.... ;) Ah, yes, the memory of the 2004 Olymics must make the US team crap in their pants as the expression goes. Grass is their only hope :lol: Guess I'm starting to trash talk here-good old Mardy brings out the snark in me :p

alelysafina
04-05-2006, 08:34 PM
I don't know if anyone posted this but here is an Audio from the Davis cup site:

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_5687_mp3.MP3

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 11:55 PM
Gracias alelysafina! We did have it, but its great to hear again. :woohoo: He sounds sooo good on there. :lol:

Here's the latest from Radio Cooperativa. Sounds like they need to drag Nico off the courts. :lol: Probably good that it rained today so he has some energy left for the weekend! ;)

From Radio Cooperativa:

From Radio Cooperativa.cl:

The captain Hans Gildemeister simulated the play of James Blake and Andy Roddick with Adrián Garcia and Paul Capdeville in practice morning, that should be interrupted by the rain.

The rain was dropped intensely this Wednesday in California, but before that the captain of the Chilean team, Hans Gildemeister, reached to carry out great part of the morning practice, included a trial of the matches that Fernando González and Nicolas Massú should dispute this Friday before the American James Blake and Andy Roddick, at first of the match by Cup Davis.

Gildemeister ordered that Adrián Garcia coached with González, by his more seemed play of fund to what carries out Blake. In the meantime, Paul Capdeville himself "he disguised" of Roddick to cause to work to Massú.

"That it was the idea, that the play were assimilated of Blake and of Roddick. I told Garcia that any short ball entered to the network, because me not any doubt fits that Blake is going to enter on the backhand of Fernando. Also the volley of Capdeville and the slice, because Roddick is going to play a lot of slice to Nicolas and that we were practicing for 45 minutes, what left me happy", indicated.

The captain was not disturbed for the rain, because, as opposed to the Americans, he could comply great part of the training agendado.

"Fernando practiced an hour and fourth. He did a very good training, him he was seen with a lot of force, above all the backhand, he has gone improving little by little and since he has gone freeing the arm. As soon as al fear by the inconveniences of the shoulder, I believe that today (Wednesday) felt well the ball, still remains that of tomorrow (Thursday), because today we do not know if we are going to be able to continue coaching", he declared.

"Nicolas reached to coach near 45 minutes, but he is well, he is very motivated, he is good on the one hand that rest Nicolas because yesterday (Tuesday) coached near five hours and a half and you know that suddenly to Nicolas one must stop him training", he added.

In the afternoon, the national picture thought to put emphasis in the serve and volley, if is that the rain permits it. Otherwise, will remain him for this Thursday a working hour in the morning and another in the evening session. (Cooperative.cl)

NicoFan
04-05-2006, 11:58 PM
:lol: Nicofan on the part popularity of tennis here and the choosing of Mission Hills. And so many people will be able to see it on television, yeah right :rolleyes: Well, at least the players aren't plagued by us rabid fans and I bet there's not a lot of night life there to entice them either so they should be getting a lot of rest. :haha:

Oh, and Kid, you should not bring up Fish where I'm going to see that name. I don't know why I despise the guy so miuch-oh wait, yes I do! I started disliking him when he was saying to PatMac during in the final that Nico was about to drop and he would win the gold or something to that effect. Yes....now it all comes back to me :rolls: Anyway, I have knee jerk reaction to that name like you do to that Argentine whose intials are GC :rolls: Yeah, I bet he has some memories of losing to Nico.... ;) Ah, yes, the memory of the 2004 Olymics must make the US team crap in their pants as the expression goes. Grass is their only hope :lol: Guess I'm starting to trash talk here-good old Mardy brings out the snark in me :p

:lol:

Everyone says how nice Fish is, but it was him smiling when Nico was cramping that made me not like him so much. :rolleyes: I thought that was mean. But Nico likes him so I try. And one incident does not make the man so again I try. I think what keeps me from suceeding in trying :lol: is that I just don't see any hunger and desire in his play. But I could be wrong. ;) I'm open to liking him - but he's got to show me something. :lol:

NicoFan
04-06-2006, 01:19 AM
:wavey:

Not many can make the chat but we're still going to do it. It will be Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (NY time and Chile time).

If you need my MSN messenger address, let me know.

PoderShileno
04-06-2006, 02:04 AM
VAMOS CHILEEE¡¡¡¡¡¡

NicoFan
04-06-2006, 03:05 AM
NICO is ready! :woohoo:

From Radio Cooperativa:

In the middle of the haste that impeded the normal development of the practices, the tennis player number two of Chile declared that only expects that arrive Friday to be able to enter to the court.

With the motivation in rise is Nicolas Massú. And the fact is that to only two days of the beginning of the confront with United States, the number two of Chile confessed that already is ready to play on the grass of the Mission Hills of Rancho Mirage.

This Wednesday the Chilean team could not practice of normal form owed al wind and to the rain that awaited the Californian locality, although it did not impede that the confidence of Massú to decay.

"It is difficult to play with wind, but I am playing well. I believe that I am ready to play Friday, and tomorrow (Thursday) only to practice a little", the number said two of Chile.

"The work already is done and we have coached many hours and only we are expecting does while that arrive Friday", confessed the viñamarino.

This Thursday from the 15:00 hours (19:00 GMT) will be carried out the official drawing and in that instant the match will be clarified that will open the series. (Cooperative.cl)

Sparko1030
04-06-2006, 05:17 AM
:lol:

Everyone says how nice Fish is, but it was him smiling when Nico was cramping that made me not like him so much. :rolleyes: I thought that was mean. But Nico likes him so I try. And one incident does not make the man so again I try. I think what keeps me from suceeding in trying :lol: is that I just don't see any hunger and desire in his play. But I could be wrong. ;) I'm open to liking him - but he's got to show me something. :lol:

You and Nico are much kinder than me Nicofan! :lol: The only thing that makes me think Mardy may have a saving grace is that he is friends with James and was a good friend to him through his illensses. But, the side I saw at that match that day was too much for me to overcome to actually have a good opinion of him. :p

NicoFan
04-06-2006, 03:48 PM
Interesting that the couts are playing slow. They will get faster when the sun comes out, but doubt they will get super super fast in such a short time. That's good for the boys and not so good for the Americans.

Oh, Nico sleeping waiting for the rain to end. How cute. ;) :lol:

And Nico doesn't have to worry about the wind - weather is forecasted to be beautiful. Great temperatures - high 70s, low 80s.

From latercera.cl:

Only 15 days al year rains in Rancho Mirage. And yesterday was one of those days. The water came to alter all the programming of the teams, in a windy and quite cold day. Clearly that likewise there was space for the practices. First thing in the morning they did it Fernando González with Adrián Garcia, in a training that left very according to Hans Gildemeister.

"Fernando already began to free the arm and I noted him a lot better. He is removing well and finer in the blows. Besides, he is hitting better to the right, what is fundamental in this court", he said the "Bionic". The "Bomber of The Queen" struck well the ball, that was put enough weighed by the humidity, factor that does a lot more slow the trail.

The problem is that the conditions will change the days of party, therefore it is expected that the sun reappear and with that the ball becomes faster. "In any case, the court is slow equal and the same Americans have been shown uncomfortable therefore. I believe that will adapt well to our play", added Gildemeister.

Nicolas Massú, in the meantime, was seen a lot more adapted al lawn, despite that yesterday only could coach half an hour during the morning, therefore a rainstorm of greater intensity touched him.

During the afternoon, in the meantime, the team was seen uncomfortable by the uncertainty on if they would be able to coach for the climatic inclemency and even Massú slept a while on a chair of the club to the wait of better conditions. These, in any case, they were relative: did not rain, but the strong wind attempted against a good work. "I hope these conditions they be not repeated in the matches, because to the two teams will bother us to play with so much wind", the viñamarino said.

kidnicky
04-06-2006, 03:54 PM
Finally!! Sparko is understanding what I feel about that argentinian player :devil: yes, NicoFan is kinder and sweeter than us, just like Nico .. well maybe she's just trying to be like Nico in that aspect 'cause I know that in the bottom of her heart she dislikes Fish just as you do Sparko :lol: I don't give a damn about Fish actually, maybe he was smiling but at the end Nico won :p with GC is different .... very different :fiery:

OMG!!! I'm so happy reading all those articles!!! the boy practiced almost six hours on tuesday :eek: somebody needs to tide him on a chair :lol: and he was waiting for the rain to stop and he fall sleep on the chair ... so cute :hug: I'm so excited for the tie, just as Nico, scared and nervous but excited :sobbing: :lol:

TommyB.
04-06-2006, 03:54 PM
Good luck Nico, the Chilean team and all fans!!! :wavey:

It´s tough to play against the US boys on grass. There are only few chances i think. But i will hope for the best! :angel:

NicoFan
04-06-2006, 04:19 PM
Good luck Nico, the Chilean team and all fans!!! :wavey:

It´s tough to play against the US boys on grass. There are only few chances i think. But i will hope for the best! :angel:

It will be very tough...but the chicos worked so hard this week so I'm proud of them no matter what.

And there is hope! Slow courts, Andy isn't as confident as usual, and James isn't a grass court player either.

Keeping fingers and toes crossed! :lol:

TommyB.
04-06-2006, 04:59 PM
It will be very tough...but the chicos worked so hard this week so I'm proud of them no matter what.

And there is hope! Slow courts, Andy isn't as confident as usual, and James isn't a grass court player either.

Keeping fingers and toes crossed! :lol:

I´m pessimistic all the time...that´s the reason! ;)

NicoFan
04-06-2006, 05:18 PM
:lol: TommyB! I can be pessimistic too but I'm trying to be very optimistic here.

FYI - the draw for whether Nico or Fernando plays first is as noon California time.

NicoFan
04-06-2006, 06:19 PM
Hey everyone! :wavey:

Head over to GM (I know scary but you must this time :lol: ) and vote for our two cute Chileans on the Hottest Davis Cup team thread.

Chile is in second place right now.

kidnicky
04-06-2006, 06:32 PM
oh I'm confident too!!! I don't know why but I'm confident about our chilenos so please NicoFan don't even try to start to be pesimistic ok!!? :lol:

NicoFan
04-06-2006, 06:59 PM
I don't want to jinx them Kid...so I figure if I have lower expectations I won't. :lol: Does that make sense? Probably not. :haha:

kidnicky
04-06-2006, 08:00 PM
no, not sense at all NicoFan so don't start with that please!!!! :lol: ... I want the schedule now!!!!! :o

NicoFan
04-06-2006, 08:22 PM
Latercera.cl just announced that Fernando and James will open the series.

kidnicky
04-06-2006, 08:38 PM
oh great just great right?? :lol: I should have asked for that match first then probably Nico would have been the first one :o anyway hopefully Fernando will beat James very quickly just for me :p

NicoFan
04-06-2006, 09:36 PM
I'm so sorry Kid - that was the first thing that I thought when I heard it. :hug:

Thanks to GonzoFan, here's the full draw:

Friday
James Blake (USA) v Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
Andy Roddick (USA) v Nicolas Massu (CHI)

Saturday
Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) v Fernando Gonzalez/Nicolas Massu(CHI)

Sunday
James Blake (USA) v Nicolas Massu (CHI)
Andy Roddick (USA) v Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)

Sparko1030
04-06-2006, 09:52 PM
oh great just great right?? :lol: I should have asked for that match first then probably Nico would have been the first one :o anyway hopefully Fernando will beat James very quickly just for me :p

:hug: I thought of you too as soon as I saw the oop Kid. :sad: Fena should be able to finish Andy in 3 (its best fo 5 right?) and then Nico!!!!

kidnicky
04-06-2006, 11:17 PM
Gracias NicoFan and Sparko :hug: actually Feña has to be quick beating Jame, Nico has to beat Andy Sparko :lol: ... well Feña will finish quick for me, I told to GonzoFan that she has to call him and said that to him :silly:

VAMOS CHILENOOOS!!! A GANAR!!!!!!! :rocker2:

GonzoFan
04-06-2006, 11:25 PM
I already called him, Kid ;) he said "no problem, I'll beat Blake really quickly for all the chilean fans and especially for you, GonzoFan"

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Oh! and I also talked to Nico! he said Hi :wavey: and sent a kiss to everybody here :kiss:

:haha:

Fergie
04-07-2006, 02:10 AM
Vamos Nico!!! :bounce:

NicoFan
04-07-2006, 02:45 AM
I already called him, Kid ;) he said "no problem, I'll beat Blake really quickly for all the chilean fans and especially for you, GonzoFan"

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Oh! and I also talked to Nico! he said Hi :wavey: and sent a kiss to everybody here :kiss:

:haha:

Isn't Fernando the sweetest and most considerate guy???? ;) That's our teddy bear!!! :hug:

:lol: :lol:

And :woohoo: a :kiss: from Nico. :devil:

We're selfish though - we want a :kiss: from Fernando too. :angel:

:haha:

GonzoFan
04-07-2006, 03:02 AM
Isn't Fernando the sweetest and most considerate guy???? ;) That's our teddy bear!!! :hug:

:lol: :lol:

And :woohoo: a :kiss: from Nico. :devil:

We're selfish though - we want a :kiss: from Fernando too. :angel:

:haha:

Yes! he is the sweetest! :hearts: and Nico was so nice too :lol: he said he always visits the forum and likes you all soooo much!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

But sorry, I am selfish and I allow Fernando to send kisses only for me :p

:haha: :haha: :haha: