08-21-2006, 03:02 AM
Sunday the 13th
Woke up a bit late so i had to throw my stuff together quick and race out the door. Took the wrong exit and got lost going to Mason :rolleyes: just about gave up and went home. anyway i finally found my way. Spend 5 minutes walking to the ticket booth and another 5 waiting in line. Ticket was only $10 :p walk in and see order of play, decide there is no one i really care to see so i take off to the practice courts. it is close to noon, Marat's fav time to practice so i'm hopeful. Fans have full access to the courts there :banana: Get there and spend the next half hour deciding wether or not i am watching Mathieu, Ferrer & Fish practice. Still not sure so i'll let their fans decide if that is who they are :lol: whoops, pic of Mardy didn't turn out. ah well.
about noon Fish leaves and Paradorn shows up with Walt in tow :lol:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/paradorn.jpg i was going to be evil and take a pic of Walt with his shirt off but i figured i'd be nice... for once :lol:
08-21-2006, 03:03 AM
about 12:30 the crowd starts mumbling, after i few seconds of trying to figure out what they are saying i finally hear it. Safin. my head jerks up and i start searching for him. i see some guy signing autographs but almost instantly dismiss him - he is too short to be Marat. damn. i continue searching when i see another figure further up who is much taller. I can't see though the court cover to be sure but he is tall and walks just like Marat. With baited breathe i wait the final few seconds for him to appear on the practice court. He walks though the door and woohoooooo it is Marat! :banana: Massu (and his coach?) walk in with Marat, grab the chairs and go sit in the shade.
they wait for Mathieu & Ferrer to finish and then start practing.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/massu.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/massu2.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/42f4fc20.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/31426dae.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/7a27c48c.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/422dfcff.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/9703833a.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/f0aa168e.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/117c99cb.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/marat.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/marat2.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/marat3.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/marat4.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/marat5.jpg
i hear mumblings again, this time for James Blake who walks into the court next to Marat and starts practicing :p
Unfortunately he is too far away to get a good pic.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/blake3.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/blake2.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/blake.jpg
08-21-2006, 03:03 AM
Marat & Massu finish playing so i leave to find a good place to stand for when Marat comes out. Park my butt next to the exit for the practice courts and i wait. I delete out the crappy pics why i wait. i really need a quicker camera :lol: After 5 minutes James walks by with his head down. i barely even noticed him :lol: Another 5 minutes pass and finally i see Marat coming. I start taking a video (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/?action=view¤t=AVI_0105.flv), he darn near ran into me lol i guess i picked a good spot! I follow taking pictures and watching him sign autographs. I have nothing to sign so i don't bother.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/marat10.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/marat9.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/marat7.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/Cincy2006/sunday/marat6.jpg
he finally leaves and i turn to walk back to the practice courts. I am walking behide 2 or the security people when i hear Marat's name. The one is telling the other how some of the players, like Marat, are really nice and sign autographs and how others almost run from the fans.
I make a quick run through the practice courts to see who is there. Nadal, Ljubicic & Berdych are all practicing. I managed to get a pic of the 1st two but Berdych kept hiding from me lol
i decide to head home. Despite the fact i have sunscreen on and have been in the sun for less then 3 hours, i can see that i am starting to burn and have a headache from the bright light. so off i go... till Tuesday anyway lol
08-21-2006, 03:04 AM
reserved for Tuesday's report :p
08-21-2006, 03:04 AM
reserved for Tuesday's report also lol
08-21-2006, 03:06 AM
last one. no idea when the other will come but i wanted to have them all in one place not spaced thoughout a thread so sorry for the empty posts
08-21-2006, 06:11 AM
Nicki!! :worship: ... great pics, what a lucky lucky gal :yeah:
08-21-2006, 08:50 AM
:worship: Nicki... great work sister!!!! :kiss:
08-21-2006, 09:11 AM
Thanks a bunch Nicki!!!! Gorgeous pics!!!!!! :worship: :bowdown: The first pic is Tommy Robredo not Ferrer so I guess he was training with Paulo. :D