BTW, he plays todays against Almagro at 4pm BA time approximately
EDIT: and a couple of pics from the Copa Argentina.
02-21-2007, 02:49 AM
Gracias por las fotos
02-21-2007, 02:51 AM
Martin lost 6-4 6-4 to Almagro and now plays Galvani in the next match.
02-21-2007, 03:35 PM
There´s an interview to Martín in the "Fuera de juego" (something like 'Out of the game') section in Olé. It´s not about tennis, it´s about his experience in Chile during Pinochet´s death and some of his political ideas. I have no intention to start a political discussion, but I thought it gives you an idea of who MVA is :)
I post it in Spanish because I can´t translate it right now and just in case I can´t find it online later. Will try to translate it in the next days. :)
FUERA DE JUEGO: MARTIN V. ARGUELLO
"Filmé el velorio de Pinochet"
Tenista comprometido con los derechos humanos, y que reivindica al Che, cuenta que estaba en Santiago justo cuando murió el dictador. "Sabía que era un momento histórico y por eso me hice pasar por prensa con mi camarita nueva".
Martín Vassallo Argüello, aquel tenista que descubrió un mundo nuevo al llegar a octavos de Roland Garros 2006, el que estampó el "Hasta la victoria siempre" en una cámara de TV y reivindicó al Che Guevara, fue testigo de un momento histórico. No es una final de Grand Slam, o algún tiro raro que haya inventado Federer. Trasciende el tenis. Estuvo en Chile al momento de la muerte del dictador Augusto Pinochet y, más que ser espectador, decidió participar de las repercusiones.
"Hace dos años que estoy de novio con una chilena, Ana, y en noviembre del 2005 empecé a entrenar con Horacio de la Peña allá", cuenta el tenista. El 10 de diciembre pasado, la pareja fue a un bar de Santiago para seguir a Boca contra Lanús...
—Y daban otra cosa...
—Sí, obvio, todos con la muerte de Pinochet. Mi novia vive cerca de donde se hicieron los actos de conmemoración y de repudio, así que veía mucho el movimiento. Es una persona que dividió al país en dos.
—¿Asististe a algún acto?
—El falleció por la tarde y de noche su cuerpo iba a estar en el Hospital Militar. Ahí fuimos con Ana, yo con una cámara nueva que quería probar. La derecha de Chile estaba ahí, la esposa, políticos allegados... Al mismo tiempo, en Plaza Italia, festejaba la izquierda. Primero estuvimos una hora y media en el Hospital Militar, eran 500 personas.
—Me hice pasar por prensa con la cámara, llegué hasta la puerta, vi salir a la mujer, a generales, al hijo... Ahí le preguntaba a la gente qué le dio Pinochet, que le había sacado a Allende, porque reaparece su figura también. Después fuimos a la Plaza y también charlé.
—¿Cómo te sentías en el Hospital? ¿Cuestionabas lo que te decían?
—No, porque no tenía intención de discutir, sólo saber qué tienen en la cabeza. Uno a veces se cierra en la propia idea y no entiende qué piensa el otro. Un tipo que había hecho una fortuna, la estatizó Allende, a él lo odia y a Pinochet lo tiene ahí arriba. De hecho decían que Pinochet era el Salvador. El tipo que dice eso está muy lejos de mis ideas, pero me gusta escucharlo. El que odiaba levantarse con 12 años a las 5 de la mañana para recibir la ración... Tienen historias que hacen que a Allende lo vean como un demonio.
—El privilegio es siempre por temas económicos por sobre las desapariciones o torturas.
—Habría tenido mil argumentos para discutir. Lo que decían era, por lo menos, egoísta. Allá muchos piensan: algo habrán hecho, no eran desaparecidos, la influencia marxista, a mí no me desaparecieron amigos. La historia se repite, es un patrón de pensamiento.
—¿Y qué viste en la Plaza?
—Muchos jóvenes, la nueva izquierda, los que participan hoy de la política. Mucha batucada, artistas, mimos, se armó una feria ahí.
Vassallo Argüello destaca una de las mayores consecuencias: el tema nuevamente en la discusión pública. "Reflotó las pasiones, se generaron debates, discusiones. Allá, el asunto está enterrado. Vas a una librería y prácticamente no hay libros de la época. Acá encontrás de Montoneros, del ERP. Las Madres y Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, HIJOS, siempre remueven el pasado y no encontrarán paz hasta que caiga el último general".
—¿Qué te pareció la experiencia?
—Absolutamente movilizadora. No es que lo estaba leyendo en un diario, le podía preguntar a una señora que sostenía la foto de Pinochet por qué estaba ahí y a una aborigen que había estado 15 años presa por integrar un movimiento similar al de los Sin Tierra en Brasil cómo había sufrido. Haber sido partícipe, no lo olvidaré más.
martin this week will rest and train in bs as... he is preparing for miami
03-07-2007, 12:09 PM
Congrats for your first title!
03-22-2007, 04:32 AM
Martin def Lee and Miami is almost a Latin American tournament anyway and it's his 1st win on hardcourts for the year and think he plays Roddick next.
03-22-2007, 11:26 AM
I´m late, but, those are cool doubles pics.
I don´t know much about Potito, but I never laughed so hard during a player interview as I did last year when he was interviewed live during the BA tournament :lol: It somehow confirmed the idea Marat has got about Italians :o :lol:
04-06-2007, 09:36 PM
Here is the main draw for Houston.
1 RODDICK, Andy USA vs. MONTANES, Albert ESP
QUALIFIER vs. RAMIREZ HIDALGO, Ruben ESP
RUSSELL, Michael USA vs. GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA
SPADEA, Vincent USA vs.7 GINEPRI, Robby USA
3 HAAS, Tommy GER vs. QUERREY, Sam USA
DEVILDER, Nicolas FRA vs. GIMELSTOB, Justin USA
GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA vs. HARTFIELD, Diego ARG
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO vs.6 BECKER, Benjamin GER
5 MELZER, Jurgen AUT vs. SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
HANESCU, Victor ROU vs. VERKERK, Martin NED
QUALIFIER vs. SWEETING, Ryan USA
VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG vs.4 FISH, Mardy USA
8 MONACO, Juan ARG vs.GAMBILL, Jan-Michael USA
DELIC, Amer USA vs. KENDRICK, Robert USA
QUALIFIER vs. HORNA, Luis PER
QUALIFIERvs. 2 BLAKE, James USA
05-03-2007, 11:25 AM
Che Vassallo is writing the ATP blog, he is a very well spoken and very active politically and that's different from most players.
He won his 1st match against Lee and is doing well against Grosjean at the moment.
05-03-2007, 04:16 PM
I was looking for an old article about Vassallo Arguello, but instead I found this:
Comments in a site of the Mexican Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN). Those comments are signed as: "Martín Vassallo Arguello, Argentine tennis player". Although I couldn't tell if its really him.
Les escribo desde Buenos Aires, desde el Sur del Continente.
Tengo 25 años y me toco vivir en carne propia el vaciamiento de un Estado.
La historia en Argentina no es muy distinta a la de tantos pueblos de America. Gobiernos con intereses totalmente opuestos a los de la Sociedad, a los de su gente, a su pueblo. Gobiernos que defienden los capitales extranjeros, que van de la mano de la corrupcion para instalar sus negocios en tierras Americanas.
Primero fueron gobiernos militares apoyados, financiados y entrenados por la CIA los que llevaron adelante los primeros pasos para la destruccion del pueblo, despues fue aun mas facil: Disfrazaron de democracia los golpes de estado que a traves de privatizaciones le chuparon la sangre a los paises de America toda.
Se vendieron todos los recursos naturales, se vendio el transporte, la comunicacion, el agua, el gas, el petroleo, las plataformas submarinas…
El Estado dejo de ser una herramienta del pueblo para ser un titere de los monopolios. Llegan las deudas externas. Despues llegan las presiones del FMI. Con ellas llegan los recortes a los presupuestos de Salud, Educacion, Deporte, Seguridad, etc…
Llega la falta de trabajo, la falta de educacion, la marginalidad, la tremenda y cada vez mas marcada desigualdad. Analfabetismo, hospitales vacios, escuelas sin maestros, fabricas cerradas, Pequeñas y Medianas empresas arruinadas. El Estado desaparece para ser solo una formalidad por la que pasan los capitales extranjeros para imponer sus reglas, sus precios, sus tiempos. No hay mas soberania Nacional, NO HAY MAS DIGNIDAD.
El Sistema Capitalista es tremando, es cruel, es asesino, es genosida, es terrorismo, es egoismo, es corrupcion, es desigualdad, es maltrato, es marginalidad y convinado con titeres corruptos que cumplen cargos publicos se convierte en un arma letal, que viene funcionando en America entera de manera muy eficaz.
Pero hay pueblos que sienten en sus corazones que hay otro camino posible. Que hay otra alternativa. Hay pueblos que sienten que no se merecen tanto castigo. Hay pueblos que luchan por su dignidad, por su HONOR. Hay pueblos que creen en un gobierno justo, en un buen gobierno. Juntas del Buen Gobierno.
Creci conociendo America. Juego al tenis a nivel profesional y los torneos me han llevado por todo el continente. Conozco la desigualdad, la veo dia a dia. Conozco las dos caras de la sociedad que pretende el Capitalismo. Conozco al empresario rico y conozco al aborigen sin tierra. Y estoy convencido, como tantos pueblos, como ustedes, que resistir es la manera. Que concientizar es la forma. Que un maestro es libertad, que un medico es libertad, que el trabajo es libertad. Que aprender y entender es libertad.
Durante muchos años hubo muchas luchas distintas, cada una adopto una forma distinta de acuerdo al contexto en el que se encontraba: Los descamizados de Evita Peron en Argentina. Allende en busca del socialismo chileno. La revolucion Cubana con cada uno de sus proceres le dieron esperanza a un continente entero, Guatemala, el Salvador, Nicaragua. Sandigo, Zapata, el Che, Fidel, Pancho Villa, son las caras de pueblos bajo oprecion.
Hoy vemos en Sudamerica aires de cambio, aires de esperenza. Claro, falta mucho, el camino es largo, el objetivo esta lejano, pero se aprende.
A ustedes, compañeros Zapatistas, les doy mis gracias. A ustedes compañeros del EZLN les transmito mi respeto, mi solidaridad. Mi apoyo total a la 6ta.
En Buenos Aires charlamos mucho de ustedes y aprendemos en los debates de Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo. Eve de Bonafini es un gran ejemplo de Resistencia que todos debemos conocer, y ella nos habla mucho de ustedes. Sueño con poder ayudarlos, con lo que pueda hacer. Por ahora no es mucho, solo los acompaño a traves de las notas, a traves de los diarios y comunicados, los leo, los escucho, me informo, aprendo. Por ahora no encontre la forma de acercarme. Ya lo harè. Ya lo estoy haciendo.
Ustedes COMPAÑEROS, son la sangre viva corriendo en las venas de algo que le escuche decir a Fidel Castro en las escalinatas de la Facultad de Medicina en su paso por Buenos Aires… “En nombre de nuestro pueblo se los agradezco infinitamente, porque de la fuerza que da la verdad de una causa justa, es que los pueblos se vuelven invensibles”. “Tenemos la conviccion de que un mundo mejor es posible pero cuando se haya alcanzado un mundo mejor es posible, tenemos que seguir repitiendo un mundo mejor es posible y volver a repetir despues, un mundo mejor es posible”. “Capitalismo y confort no es calidad de vida, calidad de vida es otra cosa, calida de vida es PATRIOTISMO, calidad de vida es DIGNIDAD, calidad de vida es HONOR, calidad de vida es autoestima a la que tiene derecho a disfrutar todos los seres humanos”.
Los saluda con todo fervor revolucionario. Martin Vassallo Arguello. Tenista Argentino.
PD: Por favor, mandenme una direccion a la cual pueda mandarles algunas fotos que quisiera compartir con ustedes.
Queridos compañeros. Esta medida de los bancos que representan tan claramente los intereses econocimos de los grandes grupos del mundo, nos muestran una vez mas que las guerras contra los pueblos oprimidos se manifiesta de distintas formas y maneras. Guerra no es solo un arma apuntada, sino tambien someter a un pueblo por medio de los mas dañinos medios de control economico y social.
Pero tambien compañeros, nos muestran que estas medidas las sienten necesarias esos que quieren un capitalismo fuerte, porque se ven sin herramientas morales para frenar la conciencia de la gente, el conocimiento y el interes de toda la comunidad internacional. YA NO PUEDEN CON LO QUE NACE DE ABAJO, CON LO QUE NACE DE LA IZQUIERDA.
Una lucha mas cruda y mas violenta con los medios mas duros que posee el capitalismo nos dan la pauta de que la otra campaña va por el buen camino, y que los medios que les quedan a los de arriba son cada vez mas drasticos, pero tambien los ultimos.
Hasta la victoria siempre compañeros.
Los saluda con todo fervor revolucionario.
MARTIN VASSALLO ARGUELLO (tenista argentino)
Comentario de MartinVassallo, February 16th, 2006
05-03-2007, 04:21 PM
This wouldn't surprise me at all, if it was Martin.
05-24-2007, 03:40 PM
Martin's interview in La Nacion
havent read it yet myself, but I think it will be nice to read something fresh and to remember last year RG :)
05-25-2007, 03:25 PM
Martin will be back at the place where the big run began for him.
Roger Federer SUI (1) - Michael Russell USA
Qualifier - Thierry Ascione FRA
Qualifier - Potito Starace ITA
Carlos Berlocq ARG - Julien Benneteau FRA (30)
Juan Carlos Ferrero ESP (17) - Amer Delic USA
Stefan Koubek AUT - Qualifier
Nicolas Lapentti ECU - Alexander Peya AUT
Jan Hernych CZE - Mikhail Youzhny RUS (13)
Tommy Robredo ESP (9) - Sergio Roitman ARG
Chris Guccione AUS - Qualifier
Janko Tipsarevic SRB - Qualifier
Qualifier - Marat Safin RUS (22)
Filippo Volandri ITA (29) - Qualifier
Martin Vassallo Arguello ARG - Alejandro Falla COL
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo ESP - Stanislas Wawrinka SUI
Arnaud Clement FRA - Ivan Ljubicic CRO (7)
Nikolay Davydenko RUS (4) - Stefano Galvani ITA
Alexandre Sidorenko FRA - Werner Eschauer AUT
Michael Llodra FRA - Nicolas Devilder FRA
Justin Gimelstob USA - Nicolas Almagro ESP (32)
Juan Ignacio Chela ARG (18) - Fabrice Santoro FRA
Olivier Rochus BEL - Gael Monfils FRA
Qualifier - Qualifier
Hyung-Taik Lee KOR - David Nalbandian ARG (15)
Richard Gasquet FRA (11) - Nicolas Mahut FRA
Kristof Vliegen BEL - Danai Udomchoke THA
Martin Verkerk NED - Simone Bolelli ITA
Victor Hanescu ROU - Guillermo Canas ARG (19)
JurgenMelzer AUT (27) - Jose Acasuso ARG
Qualifier - Juan Monaco ARG
Edouard Roger-Vasselin FRA - Qualifier
Radek Stepanek CZE - Fernando Gonzalez CHI (5)
Novak Djokovic SRB (6) - Qualifier
Sam Querrey USA - Qualifier
Jonathan Eysseric FRA - Olivier Patience FRA
Qualifier - Agustin Calleri ARG (26)
Dmitry Tursunov RUS (21) - Alessio Di Mauro ITA
Fernando Verdasco ESP -Qualifier
Robby Ginepri USA - Diego Hartfield ARG
Daniele Bracciali ITA - David Ferrer ESP (12)
Marcos Baghdatis CYP (16) - Sebastien Grosjean FRA
Kristian Pless DEN - Yen-Hsun Lu TPE
Thomas Johansson SWE -Jan Hajek CZE
Qualifier - Dominik Hrbaty SVK (24)
Florian Mayer GER (31) - Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA
Vincent Spadea USA -Gilles Simon FRA
Luis Horna PER - Nicolas Massu CHI
Igor Andreev RUS - Andy Roddick USA (3)
James Blake USA (8) - Ivo Karlovic CRO
Peter Luczak AUS - Jonas Bjorkman SWE
Qualifier - Oscar Hernandez ESP
Qualifier - Philipp Kohlschreiber GER (28)
Carlos Moya ESP (23) - Andreas Seppi ITA
Florent Serra FRA - Igor Kunitsyn RUS
Robert Kendrick USA - Qualifier
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP - Tomas Berdych CZE (10)
Lleyton Hewitt AUS (14) - Max Mirnyi BLR
Marc Gicquel FRA - Gaston Gaudio ARG
Benjamin Becker GER - Mathieu Montcourt FRA
Feliciano Lopez ESP - Jarkko Nieminen FIN (20)
Robin Soderling SWE (25) - Albert Montanes ESP
Ernests Gulbis LAT - Tim Henman GBR
Qualifier - Teimuraz Gabashvili RUS
Juan Martin Del Potro ARG - Rafael Nadal ESP (2)
05-30-2007, 06:59 AM
Martin defeated Falla in 4 and now he plays Volandri in the next round, tough match but he can win.
06-06-2007, 02:20 PM
He lost to Volandri and this week play a challenger and also lost in first round.
Grass season is coming for him :tape:
06-24-2007, 11:05 AM
Here is Martin's draw for Wimbledon.
BERDYCH, Tomas CZE  vs MASSU, Nicolas CHI
WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI vs LLODRA, Michael FRA
LEE, Hyung-Taik KOR vs VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
HORNA, Luis PER vs CALLERI, Agustin ARG 
06-26-2007, 12:45 AM
good luck martin!
07-14-2007, 04:49 PM
Martin did well in Gstaad, he made the quarter finals losing to Seppi, but now he has a tough match against Yoiuzhny.
(1) DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS vs SERRA, Florent FRA
MASSU, Nicolas CHI vs (WC) DE BAKKER, Thiemo NED
QUALIFIER vs (WC) HAASE, Robin NED
DEVILDER, Nicolas FRA vs (5) CALLERI, Agustin ARG
(3) MOYA, Carlos ESP vs QUALIFIER
ZABALETA, Mariano ARG vs VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL
(WC) SLUITER, Raemon NED vs HORNA, Luis PER
ESCHAUER, Werner AUT vs (7) ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP
(8) GICQUEL, Marc FRA vs (SE) Special Exempt
SIMON, Gilles FRA vs RAMIREZ HIDALGO, Ruben ESP
(SE) ANDREEV, Igor RUS vs TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB
HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP vs (4) VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
(6) HRBATY, Dominik SVK vs KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS
ROITMAN, Sergio ARG vs QUALIFIER
MONTANES, Albert ESP vs QUALIFIER
VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG vs (2) YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
08-03-2007, 07:25 AM
Martín defeated PMK yesterday 2-6, 6-3, 2-1 ret. and today he's playing against Montañes in quarters. I think he's got quite a good chance for semies... Vamos!
Was a great match against Chucho, nice rallies from the baseline and he fought hard, but Chucho was too powerful in the end.
09-13-2007, 02:58 AM
09-18-2007, 10:46 PM
2 photos of Martin in Bucharest :hearts:
12-20-2007, 03:34 PM
Some pics of this fixer from Sopot 2007 :D
06-26-2008, 01:41 AM
Parece que no tiene mucho aguante Martincho.
LeT s Go TincHO lets goO.
He is playing in Wimbledon and he is soo happy
06-26-2008, 03:56 AM
ou lets go martin..
no habia visto este thread :S
06-26-2008, 03:56 PM
Martincho lost 0/6-3/6-1/6 against Kiefer :hug:
06-26-2008, 10:02 PM
07-19-2008, 03:54 AM
anyone know his next tournament.
07-19-2008, 08:38 AM
a Challenger Poznan
07-21-2008, 03:14 PM
An article on Tennis.com. (http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=131902)
Almost Famous: Vassallo Arguello deals with second-hand notoriety
As Nikolay Davydenko's opponent in the match that created a gambling scandal, Martin Vassallo Arguello was one of the sport's most repeated names last summer. But there's more to him than that one contest.
By Kamakshi Tandon
All it took was one obscure second-round match in Sopot to transform Nikolay Davydenko from an anonymous Top 5 player to the poster child of shady gambling in tennis. But amidst the furor, it was easy to forget the infamous contest featured not just one player, but two.
That other player was Martin Vassallo Arguello, who suddenly found his name appended to the media sensation that resulted when online betting exchange Betfair voided $7 million of wagers on the match because of odd betting patterns.
Overnight, Vassallo Arguello had joined the legion of the almost famous - those whose names are familiar enough to ring a bell, but not for an easily identified reason.
Before he became a supporting actor in the sport's biggest match-fixing drama, the 28-year-old Argentine's claim to fame had been reaching the fourth round of the French Open in 2006. With few other results of note and a modest career-high of No. 58, it's not surprising that he has been mostly in demand for relating his view of events that day. "Every time I do a press conference, this is coming back," Vassallo Arguello said at the Australian Open. "I'm not very happy about this, but I know that it's something that now is part of the conversation and we have to talk about this."
But while he may be reluctant to talk, Vassallo Arguello has plenty to say. Like Janko Tipsarevic, he is of the tour's more intellectually-engaged players, and has never been afraid to make a statement. After winning his third-round match at the French Open run two years ago, Vassallo Arguello dispensed with the obligatory camera-lens autograph and instead signed off with a quote from Che Guevera - "Towards victory, always."
But then, he has a habit of mixing politics with cameras. Vassallo Arguello and fellow pros Juan Pablo Guzman and Juan Pablo Brzezicki run a website called Segundo Saque (www.segundosaque.com) - Spanish for "second serve" - which features player video clips and interviews. Their lockerroom tape of Novak Djokovic imitating various players became a hit on YouTube after Djokovic did his impressions of Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal on Arthur Ashe stadium at the US Open.
What you won't find on the site are the amateur documentaries Vassallo Arguello occasionally films in his spare time. Tennis players never know what they might stumble on during their nomadic wanderings on the circuit - and so it was for Vassallo Arguello in April 2005, when he found himself playing a challenger in Rome as huge crowds were gathering at the Vatican to hear the identity of the next pope.
He set off for the scene, bringing along the new video camera Guzman had bought for him from Naples for their budding website. "I was there also to see what was going on and what was the decision, which way the church was going," Vassallo Arguello, who is a non-practicing Catholic, said in an interview with TENNIS.com last year. "I also watch the church as a political instrument, so there are many things I don't like about church - all churches, not just Catholic."
Camping out among the faithful and the curious, he got their thoughts on film. "Some had a lot of disappointment because many of them expected a South American pope, some of them expected an Italian pope," he recalled. "But in a political way it was easy to believe that the church was going to turn more conservative."
A year and a half later, Vassallo Arguello was training in Chile during the off-season when former dictator Augusto Pinochet died, massing large numbers of supporters and protesters. "When I know about Pinochet I went there, because I knew that was a moment to bring back a lot of emotion from people who suffered under Pinochet and wanted to be there, and the people who liked Pinochet and wanted to be there," said Vassallo Arguello.
Once again, he wandered around collecting people's thoughts, quite happy to be presumed a journalist if it made people more forthcoming.
It may all seem like an unusual hobby for a pro tennis player, but he doesn't see anything strange about pursuing his interests. "I think everybody is trying to take advantage of the things that they're interested in. For example, [David] Nalbandian is going all the time to rally races because he travels a lot and every time there is one, he goes... Some of them are going to parties," he said. "I was in some places where political things were happening and I like to see those."
His socialist bent stems from his family background and a youth spent in South America, buttressed by his experiences on the circuit.
"[My parents] work a lot for democracy to come back in Argentina, we had a military government in the 70s," he said. "And when came, it was a big party... I was going with them and I was sharing that atmosphere of democracy, politics. People were discussing it a lot and I grow up with that."
Despite the country's political transformation, Vassallo Arguello remained conscious that there remained a large gap between the rich and the poor. "Especially in South America, it is easy to see the differences. You go to the capital and you see a lot of money, and you don't have to travel too much to see the other side of the story. Maybe in places like Europe, it's not easy to see."
Vassallo Arguello found himself trying to breach a similar divide when he set out to try to make it on the circuit. It was the year 2000 and Argentine tennis was hitting the big time with players like Guillermo Coria, David Nalbandian, Gaston Gaudio and Guillermo Canas starting to make their presence felt in the upper reaches of tennis. Meanwhile, a group of their less illustrious compatriots were looking up from the lower ranks. "There were a lot of Argentine players starting to play so good. They were the 'big tennis' and the tennis we wanted to play," said Vassallo Arguello. "We were the 'poor tennis' people.
"We were playing futures and challengers... trying to get points and we could not do it, and the way we're traveling, we always enjoy a lot. It was a little adventure, you know, we were going to hotels and sleeping in chairs, we slept in military places. We were doing our best with not much money. And we were also enjoying [it], and we started to call that 'poor tennis.'"
As they traveled and played and scrimped together, they formed a modest goal: to get one of them into the top 100. In September 2003, Vassallo Arguello hit No. 101 for two tantalizing weeks, but then slid back. Eight months later, he broke the ceiling at No. 96, and was duly dubbed the representative of the working tennis poor. "I was the first one, so they started to call me the president," he said.
Vassallo Arguello's first extended stay in the Top 100 began about a year and a half ago, culminating in his career-high of No. 58 in April last year. Playing regularly in tour events was deeply vindicating. "I was looking at the door and now... I'm sharing lockerrooms with amazing players... I'mpracticing with great players, so I'm starting to feel part of this, and that's amazing after so many years of working for it."
Being congratulated by the likes of Nalbandian and Argentine legend Guillermo Vilas after his French Open victories was a thrill, but he was even more satisfied when his colleagues stopped being as effusive.
"There are two kinds of congratulations, [a routine] one that you say in the locker room. 'Hey, well done.' And the [active] one they come to you and say, 'hey, congratulations for what you did' - in my case, because they know I am from another kind of tour, that I am a level behind them," he observed. "Now the congratulations is different from them. It's like, 'okay, congratulations.' Because they start to feel I am with them all the time andthey respect me a little bit more."
Vassallo Arguello's views on tennis politics are, not surprisingly populist. He is troubled the increasingly market-oriented direction of the tour and, like several of his higher-ranked colleagues, unhappy about the calendar changes being planned. Starting next year, Shanghai will become a Masters event in the fall and Madrid is scheduled to become a combined clay Masters in the spring. That means Monte Carlo and Hamburg will drop down in the pecking order, though Hamburg is disputing the decision in court.
"This president [ATP chief Etienne De Villiers] we have now is trying to make tennis more commercial," said Vassallo Arguello. "He is trying to put tennis on the market, with more money, and we are sold as a product.
"I don't know if it is going to work but I don't like if I'm going to receive a little more prize money [only] to be shut out and to say okay to everything.
"The worst thing is that they are not interested in that communication. It's not [acceptable] that Rafael Nadal didn't know anything about those changes
until they were done. He's No. 2 in the world and he's the clay guy. A lot of us should be consulted.
"You see that Europe is losing power and Europe has a lot of tradition and I don't like that very much... I like to watch Hamburg, I like to watch Monte Carlo and especially for me, the tournaments of clay are the ones I like most are starting to lose power and I don't like it."
He has been even more unhappy with some of the measures the ATP took in response to that notorious match against Sopot against Davydenko, branding them "the political terrorism of scaring you" in his native Spanish at the Australian Open.
Previous anti-corruption rules strictly forbade players from betting on tennis matches. New measures also require them to inform the ATP within 48 hours if they suspect anyone of being involved in match-fixing. "Now there's a new rule that you have to be constantly policing, and pushing away everyone that gets near you asking you something suspicious, or just how you're doing," he continued in Spanish. "There are a lot of things that are not clear or have little meaning."
He is happy, however, that the ATP mounted a proper investigation of the matter so the discussion could be based on more than just mere speculation. Speaking to reporters in English, he said he had not noticed anything unusual during the Davydenko match, learning about the circumstances only after an official informed him the next day.
The match had attracted an eye-catching $7 million worth of wagers on the online betting exchange Betfair and featured highly unusual betting patterns - the odds listed top seed Davydenko as an underdog going into the match and continued to do so even after he won the first set. When Davydenko retired in the third set with a foot injury, there was immediate speculation that the outcome had been known in advance. After some review, Betfair took the unprecedented step of voiding all bets placed on the contest.
In the months that followed, several players came forward to say they had been approached with offers to throw matches for money. Five Italian players - Alessio di Mauro, Daniele Bracciali, Potito Starace, Giorgio Galimberti and Federico Luzzi- have also receiving suspensions ranging from nine months to six weeks for betting small amounts on other players' matches over the past few years.
"I am a friend of them," said Vassallo Arguello. "I spoke to them after that... and the same thing I said to them I say to you - unfortunately, there is nothing to say against the ATP in that case.
"There is a rule that says that you cannot bet. And even if you bet $90 two years ago, there is a rule against that."
Nearly 10 months later, little has been proven about the Sopot match itself. Davydenko currently is in the midst of a dispute about handing over his family's phone records to investigators, arguing through his lawyer that his own records are enough and that the investigation is becoming too invasive.
Vassallo Arguello was also questioned by investigators about whether he had noticed anything during the match and asked for his own phone records, which he handed over.
But when bookmakers quietly began circulating a list of about 140 suspicious matches in which Vassallo Arguello featured multiple times, some different questions seemed to be in order.
"I heard about the list," he said. "At the end of the year, ESPN International came home to do an interview and they showed me that I was in, like, seven or eight matches. And I saw the matches and they were all matches that I was winning and then I lose, or matches that I was losing and then won. But as I said before, they said there are a list of 300 matches [with such scorelines], and I could say there is a list of 20,000 matches."
But there could be a more official line of questioning on the way for Vassallo Arguello. This week, the governing bodies of tennis received a report from investigators that ruled tennis was "not institutionally or systemically corrupt" but found 45 matches that required further scrutiny. It seems likely that the Argentine may have taken part in some of those.
While he waits to see whether he will be cast in a bigger role in this unfortunate saga, there's one thing he isn't doing - getting it all on film. Because his interviews with other players are usually on light-hearted topics, he's worried that their habitual humor might inadvertently land them in trouble.
"It's not easy" he said. "I prefer not to ask about that. I can ask you how you think you can beat Federer, and you tell me 'maybe kick him in a changeover.' But in corruption, if you make a joke like this it can be very dangerous."
22-28 September 2008
- R1 -
(3) VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG a PETRAZZUOLO, Giancarlo ITA
- R2 -
(3) VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG a WC FANUCCI, Pietro ITA
- Cuartos -
(3) VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG vs (8) MUNOZ DE LA NAVA, Daniel
09-24-2008, 05:35 PM
Vamos Martin,great pics Kai,gracias:)
10-05-2008, 04:25 AM
MD for Asuncion
(1) HORNA, Luis (PER) vs. ALVAREZ, Diego (ARG)
GHEM, André (BRA) vs.FABBRI, Alejandro (ARG)
(Q) vs.POCH-GRADIN, Carlos (ESP)
(Q) vs. (5) CUEVAS, Pablo (URU)
(4) MAYER, Leonardo (ARG) vs. VEJMELKA, Adam (CZE)
NOVISKI, Lionel (ARG) vs. (Q)
QUINTERO, Michael (COL) vs. (WC) SARETTA, Flávio (BRA)
MACHADO, Rui (POR) vs. (8-WC)PASHANSKI, Boris (SRB)
(6) FERREIRO, Franco (BRA) vs. BENEDETTI, Cristian (ARG)
(WC) RAMIREZ, Gustavo (PAR) vs. MARRERO, David (ESP)
PATRIARCA, Damian (ARG) vs. (Q)
(WC) RAMIREZ, Juan Carlos (PAR) vs. (3) VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin (ARG)
(7) HARTFIELD, Diego (ARG) vs. VILLAGRAN, Cristian (ARG)
MIGANI, Leandro (ARG) vs. ALUND, Martin (ARG)
PUERTA, Mariano (ARG) vs. DECOUD, Sebastian (ARG)
LISNARD, Jean-René (MON) vs. (2) DABUL, Brian (ARG)
10-08-2008, 12:58 AM
martin won his first round 6-1 6-1 :)
great job :bounce:
10-09-2008, 02:45 AM
He won 6-0 6-1 :)
10-12-2008, 08:34 AM
MVA will be playing Leo Mayer in the final.
10-12-2008, 09:26 AM
Well done Martin,vamooooos:)
10-13-2008, 05:15 AM
Martin defeated Leo Mayer 3/6 6/3 7/6 (2) to win the challenger.
(1) Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs (WC) Ricardo Hovecar (BRA)
Diego Hartfield (ARG) vs QUALIFIER
Martin Vassallo Arguello (ARG) vs (6) Santiago Ventura (ESP)
(4) Nicolas Massu (CHI) vs (SE) Olivier Patience (FRA)
Sergio Roitman (ARG) vs (WC) Joao Souza (BRA)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs QUALIFIER
Paul Capdeville (CHI) vs (5) Luis Horna (PER)
(7) Brian Dabul (ARG) vs Franco Ferreira (BRA)
Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs Pere Riba (ESP)
Mariano Puerta (ARG) vs Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)
(WC) Flavio Saretta (BRA) vs (3) Alberto Martin (ESP)
(8) Thiago Alves (BRA) vs Daniel Koellerer (AUT)
Boris Pashanski (SRB) vs (WC) Marcel Felder (URU)
Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) vs Juan Pablo Brzezicki (ARG)
(SE) Peter Luczak (AUS) vs (2) Diego Juanqueira (ARG)
10-13-2008, 07:54 AM
Well done Martin:worship:
10-15-2008, 12:37 PM
:bowdown: Martin.. defended your final, plus you got the title :hearts:
10-19-2008, 08:58 AM
Che Vassallo is back playing at home.
Daniel Gimeno-Traver ESP  vs. Paul Capdeville CHI
Rubén Ramirez Hidalgo ESP vs. Maximo Gonzalez ARG
Flavio Saretta BRA [WC] vs. Sebastian Decoud ARG [WC]
Peter Luczak AUS vs. Frederico Gil POR 
Diego Junqueira ARG  vs. Diego Hartfield ARG
Martin Alund ARG [WC] vs. Brian Dabul ARG
Sergio Roitman ARG vs. Franco Ferreiro BRA
Pere Riba ESP vs. Alberto Martín ESP 
Martin Vassallo Arguello ARG  vs. Q
Horacio Zeballos ARG [WC] vs. Pablo Cuevas URU
Santiago Ventura ESP vs. Leonardo Mayer ARG
Boris Pashanski SRB vs. Nicolas Massu CHI 
Luis Horna PER  vs. Q
Juan-Pablo Brzezicki ARG vs. Q
Daniel Köllerer AUT vs. Q
Victor Crivoi ROU vs. Thomaz Bellucci BRA 
What a guy Martin :) It's nice that he ended the year with so many good results in challengers. I hope he can pull a great tournament at the SA clay swing and maybe winning a title which would be very well deserved. We also can expect 1 or 2 wins at the AO, why not, he seems to give his life at all Grand Slams.
Suerte in 2009 Martin :worship:
01-05-2009, 06:24 AM
He played interblues for BALTC and again baltc is the champion :)
Martin lost to Djokovic in the 2nd RD,5-7/4-6. But I think he did his best,it was a good match,he broke Djoko's serve game in both set.
best wishes for him in Miami.
03-15-2009, 11:14 PM
some pics of today's match
Che will face Starace at the first round of Miami, he can definetely win it :yeah:
03-24-2009, 04:30 AM
Che will face Starace at the first round of Miami, he can definetely win it :yeah:
Potito is a good player.:p
03-24-2009, 11:25 PM
Potito is a good player.:p
I know, but it's still a good first round for Martin :)
03-26-2009, 04:01 PM
Martin beat Potito 7:6,6:4:bigclap::yeah:
03-26-2009, 04:29 PM
he will play Delpo next;)
03-27-2009, 01:29 AM
03-27-2009, 06:39 AM
Suerte contra Martin :) esta jugando bien estos dias.
03-31-2009, 02:16 PM
lsot to delpo, tis old news but needed to be posted
Although, he is palying well these 2 last weeks. and its a matter of time before he dominates the clay season :devil:
04-08-2009, 11:02 PM
He withdrew from Casablanca :sad: but is still playing Monte Carlo. Had a great chance to win Casablanca IMHO. Oh well :D It's still the clay season. Some good results and he's top 40 hopefully :)
04-11-2009, 02:44 PM
Against Andreev in Monte Carlo 1st round.
Though start, but that's the kind of match he will have to face in a Masters 1000.
Vamos Che, you can do it :)
04-11-2009, 08:52 PM
Andrin was near to lost to Chaki in Morocco :lol:
Che can win I think :clap2:
04-14-2009, 08:13 AM
Amazing stuff from MVA, he needs to be commended for playing better and better tennis as he is getting older :eek: :yeah:
29 years old and his first clay MS match tomorrow, good luck :cool:
04-14-2009, 09:16 PM
And he defeated Andreev :woohoo:
04-15-2009, 08:45 AM
Now Wawrinka:) Vamos Martin
04-15-2009, 02:55 PM
he lost :sad:
04-15-2009, 08:06 PM
was so close:sad: good luck during the next tournament
04-15-2009, 11:05 PM
Too bad he couldn't close it out. He has to take those chances :(
Good luck in the rest of the clay season Martin :yeah:
04-18-2009, 08:31 PM
Martin is in the MD of barcelona .. he will go vs berdych :scared:
vamos tincho :rocker:
04-18-2009, 09:51 PM
05-17-2009, 01:58 PM
Martin defeated C.Rochus at Kitzbuhel R1 today, 6-2 6-4.
Good that he will have some matches under his belt before Roland Garros. He loves the tournament and hopefully he can win a couple of matches there.
10-25-2009, 02:16 PM
My friend took some photos in Shanghai 1000,his match against Schuettler
05-02-2010, 01:19 AM
Martin hasn't had the best of starts to the season, having some injury issues and failing to get decent results on the ATP tour to start the season. His ranking has slipped down to 185 and he is back to playing challengers. Hopefully he has a return to fortune and is feeling healthier and ready to rock and roll. He has almost nothing to defend these next months, and the ranking will take care of itself as Martin hopefully returns to winning ways.
KAMKE, Tobias GER vs. CRUGNOLA, Marco ITA
VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG vs. LAMMER, Michael SUI
BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG vs. QUALIFIER
ARANGUREN, Juan-Martin ARG vs. GUEZ, David FRA
This is his section of the draw, a good opportunity for a semifinal. Let's wish for the best.
05-07-2010, 12:04 AM
Martin won his first two matches in San Remo very easily, 6-2 6-3 over Lammer, and 6-2 6-1 over Crugnola. He plays Aranguren tomorrow in the QF. Good luck to MVA!
05-08-2010, 04:06 AM
Martin defeated Aranguren in a tough match today 6-3 5-7 6-4 and plays Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the SFs. The winner of his match would play either Gaudio or Gabashvili in the final. Good luck to MVA, keep on the winning track!
05-08-2010, 09:04 PM
Martin defeated Ramos-Vinolas today 4-6 6-3 7-6 (1) and is into the final of San Remo, playing his friend and countrymate Gaudio in the final! This has been a great week after some time off recovering from some injury issues. A win would put him right around 150 in the rankings with very little to defend outside of two R2s at the French and Wimbledon.
Good luck in the final, Martin, love both finalists, may the best man win!
05-09-2010, 09:15 PM
Martin lost the singles final to Gaston 7-5 6-0 in San Remo. It's was a great week regardless for Martin in his return after a few weeks off and his injuries of previous are hopefully a thing of the past.
Martin did go away with a trophy, as he won the doubles final 10-8 in the match tiebreaker with his countrymate Diego Junqueira, defeating Berlocq/Decoud in an all Argentinian final.
By making the finals, Martin's ranking should move up 20 or so positions to around 165. Congrats on the great week Martin, keep this form going in the future!
05-09-2010, 09:20 PM
Martin is staying in Italy, this time he's in Biella. Here's the draw:
Martin is scheduled to play Tobias Kamke in R1. That should be a win for him, and will play either Phau/Q in R2. If Martin can beat his likely opponent Phau in R2 he has a great chance at another final.
Keep tearing these Italian challengers up, Martin!
05-18-2010, 02:26 AM
RG qualies for Martin.
BOLELLI, Simone ITA  v MATOSEVIC, Marinko AUS
TAVARES, Leonardo POR v MINAR, Jan CZE (A)
EYSSERIC, Jonathan FRA (W) v BAUTISTA-AGUT, Roberto ESP
VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG v ILHAN, Marsel TUR 
02-10-2011, 01:36 PM
Is there something new?I didn't follow MVA for some time,now he is low at rating.Is he injured,retired,or?