I will be cheering for Gaudio, Nalbandian, Mantilla and Volandri, 4 of my faves.
It is a very good draw for a little tournament.
01-07-2004, 03:01 PM
Carlos :D :)
know how much he likes it here, cos he won his 1st title in 95.
then onto Acapulco ;)
01-07-2004, 03:11 PM
Sheesh, Gasquet is going to get slaughtered in that field... it would be nicely ironic after last year's loss in Paris if he drew Gaudio in front of his home crowd and won from matchpoint down thanks to a choke from the Argentine, just to even the score a little.
01-07-2004, 03:22 PM
I will go the first two days (Mantilla and Volandri may lose first round or reach the final, that is why I will go the first two days, I want to watch them play at least once) and the quarterfinals day.
I will try to take some pics.
More than 50.000 people went to the tournament last year, it has the best attendance in a tournament that is not a mts or a grand slam.
Better than Barcelona, Kitzbuhel or Queens.
I also think Gasquet will get slaughtered.
01-07-2004, 03:26 PM
I'm not sure there's any way you could fit 50 000 people into the capacity at Queens. It's a big tournament, but a small venue...
01-07-2004, 05:32 PM
Cool that Guga entered the tournament!!!!! GO GUGZ! Thanks for the infos:)!
01-07-2004, 06:10 PM
Wish I could go - quite a few of my friends are going and they're really looking forward to it already! Have a great time TennisLurker, look forward to seeing your photos, and please give a cheer to David from me!! :)
01-07-2004, 06:35 PM
Gasquet? :eek: Hmm....interesting, but I don't see him a bright future here, maybe a good trip down here to South America will be ok for him. ;)
Hey....where's Feña? :sad:
01-08-2004, 05:57 AM
That looks like a very good field you never know Gonzalez might turn up and I think it's great that they have tournaments in South America.
Yes, Lurker I know all about going on the first two days of tournaments, as that's about how long any of my faves last.
Tell me does it get like La Bombonera when an Argentine is playing?
01-08-2004, 11:55 AM
No, for many many years we didnt have a single good player, and the people here got accostumed to cheering for foreign players, last year more people were Cheering for Moya than Coria in the final, Moya and Guga are more popular and famous here than any argie player.
I remember partisan crowds last year during the Coria vs Gaudio match, it was very fun, half of the crowds were supporting Coria, the other half were supporting Gaudio, and we know Coria and Gaudio do not have a friendly relationship.
01-08-2004, 12:02 PM
Hmmmm I don't know why Richard continues to play on nothing but clay....but what ever floats his boat....he would have had a better chance at one of the hardcourt events.
01-08-2004, 06:22 PM
people here got accostumed to cheering for foreign players, last year more people were Cheering for Moya than Coria in the final, Moya and Guga are more popular and famous here than any argie player.
Sorry, but that's pitiful :eek: , at least for me, no matter what, I'd root for a countryman instead of a foreigner (unless is one of my faves).
I remember partisan crowds last year during the Coria vs Gaudio match, it was very fun, half of the crowds were supporting Coria, the other half were supporting Gaudio, and we know Coria and Gaudio do not have a friendly relationship
LOL.... ;) I'd like to have seen that. :cool:
01-08-2004, 07:44 PM
Well, my older brother who doesnt follow tennis cant distinguish Coria from Zabaleta from Gaudio but he does know who Guga or Moya are.
from last year
By Javier Leira BUENOS AIRES, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Guillermo Coria beat his arch-rival Gaston Gaudio in a bad-tempered all-Argentine match on Saturday to reach the final of the Buenos Aires Open. In the other semi-final, top seed Carlos Moya overcame former world number one Gustavo Kuerten. Coria, seeded eight, overcame fourth-seeded Gaudio 6-3 1-6
6-3 while Moya won a marathon tiebreak in the first set on the
way to a 7-6 (10-8) 6-1 win over the three-times French Open
The long-standing rivalry between the two Argentines came to a head during the second set when Gaudio aimed three shots straight at Coria's body during the same fiercely-contested rally. Shortly afterwards, Coria provocatively celebrated a point right in front of his opponent. Support for the two players was split almost evenly down the middle of the 6,000 crowd. Coria, who broke into tears after his quarter-final win over second seed David Nalbandian on Friday, lost serve in the first game but hit back with two breaks of his own to take the first set 6-3. Gaudio took control of the second, hitting a series of winners which left his opponent floundering. The third set was close until Coria broke serve in the fourth game and went on to win 6-3. "I'm very happy with this win," said Coria, who was banned for seven months in December 2001 after testing positive for nandrolone. "I felt good on the court. Gaston is a great player but I was lucky enough to beat him and reach the final."
01-08-2004, 08:02 PM
I'll be there too!!! I'll go the first three days and then I'll go to the final. I'm hoping to get to see David play!
01-08-2004, 10:05 PM
I'M GONNA BE THERE!!! :woohoo:
01-09-2004, 06:06 PM
Thanx for that article, TennisLurker. :)
01-09-2004, 06:15 PM
Everyone who is going: have a great time! It seems that Nicolas Lapentti didn't really like Rotterdam.. he went there a few years ago, but it has been quite a while now. Tomas Behrend, a good clay court player, usually tries to qualify in Rotterdam, but I guess he should be more than pleased with his direct entrance. Good luck to Filippo Volandri, David Nalbandian and Gaston Gaudio (may he get revenge on Coria)!
01-09-2004, 09:39 PM
Yeah, anyway I think that Nicolas just will keep going on with his latinamerican season...then no Rotterdam once again.