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In the Spotlight - CooCooCachoo

Zirconek
12-16-2008, 03:59 PM
-What does your username means?

-Which MTFers have you met? Which would you like to meet - besides me:p?

-What's your favourite Challenger tournament?

-What's your favourite drink?

-How would you define your political views?

-Which type of music do you enjoy listening to?

-What's your biggest fear?

-Tell us about your happiest day ever.

NoFroz
12-16-2008, 05:31 PM
About your username: it has always recalled me to the Beatles song I Am The Walrus, there is a line that says exactly "Coo Coo Cachoo".
Do you know it?

seljanin
12-16-2008, 10:24 PM
- Why are you so interested into lower tier tournaments (such as challengers and futures) and players who play there? Most of your favs are challenger level players, which is quite unusual to see in this board.

- I've got an impression that you have seen in action most of top-300 (or even top-500) players :) Is it true?

- Do you play tennis yourself? If you do, what level?

- What is your favorite playing style? I mean, your favorites have very different playing styles (for example, Cipolla and Zverev), and I'm unable to pick it out what style is your favorite :)

- Who is your favorite retired player?

Thanks for your answers! :)

CooCooCachoo
12-16-2008, 10:24 PM
- I read one day in a Dutch tennis magazine that it was the nick name of Karol Kucera, who was my favourite tennis player. Supposedly it meant little cat. I don't really think the magazine was right (it was wrong in 95% of the times), but the name stuck with me and as it sounded catchy, I decided to use it. I did actually at one time change my user name here (not like your gazillion name changes :p) to Tijn, but then people complained and told me to change it back :haha:

- Uuuuhmmm, I have actually met quite a few! In naming, I will definitely forget a lot of them though :(

OK, let's see. I used to post a lot in the Dutch forum and I met the most active posters there many many times (e.g. Chiudi-fan). I met the lovely Carlita many times too, and she actually lives very close to my Dutch hometown! Eruwen is another lovely Dutch poster I met quite a few times :D And there's the Belgian angel (:p) freesbee, who I went to Wimbledon with this year. I also met the infamous adeegee at Wimbledon 2007 & 2008. We even played tennis both years. Needless to say, I let him win :angel: Others are rrfnpump, Yasmine, Troickitard, Dupuis2006, Sommarsverige, Rosie, Jimnik. Argh, I'm probably forgetting many here :(

Anyways, generally my experiences have been very very positive. Some of the people I've met have become really good friends (also from the WTA forum, like CharlDa :worship:).

As to who I would like to meet, well I'm open to meet pretty much anyone. I'd love to see Nathaliia! Apparently she was also at Wimbledon (qualies) this year, and even at the same match at some point, but we happened to miss each other completely. And GWH/PMK as he is legendary ;) I'd also really love to meet Peta and Kristen. They were here in my early days too and they seem to be such lovely people. It'd be amazing to spend some time with them :D I think Scotso would also be fun to be around at a tourney, even if many people seem to really dislike him here. Oh and Truc too. And of course I would have to have a meeting with DATS :armed: That would be truly hilarious, I reckon.

- My favourite Challenger? Well, I have visited the Groningen, Scheveningen, Mons, Alphen aan den Rijn and Bratislava Challengers, and out of these the Scheveningen one easily ranks as the best one. The atmosphere is really good, the venue is great and quite cosy and people generally are knowledgeable too. I love how it is situated in a residential area. Also, it's really close to the see, so we actually went for a cocktail at some point during qualies this year :haha: Bratislava and Mons are organized very well, but somehow indoor tourneys really don't do it for me. I hate the lighting; sunlight somehow makes me feel a lot better and makes me enjoy tennis more. Alphen aan den Rijn is a very nice tourney, but it is not at the same level as Scheveningen. Groningen was quite pathetic. Indoor, and no one was there to watch. But it was the first time I saw Mischa Zverev and Evgeny Korolev, which was a great experience.

When it comes to Challengers I haven't actually visited, I love following the Dallas Challenger. The coverage that TBarm gives is truly amazing. Their live streams and interviews are awesome to watch :yeah: And it offers me a chance to see some US players that I don't really get a chance to see as they avoid the European events.

- I love cocktails :inlove: Caipirinhas and mojitos are delicious. I am also known as a huge Baileys junkie. As for non-alcoholic drinks, I love fruit juices, lassi and green and rooibos tea. But I am a also a big big big Starbucks addict. I'll take a grande caramel hot chocolate without cream on top anyday; or the delicious Frappuccinos :drool:

- I am a member of the Green party in The Netherlands. I'm definitely left-wing ;)

- I used to listen a lot to plastic pop. That's to say, I had a very very gay taste in music (boybands, Eurovision). This has changed the last year or so, as I have started to appreciate indie music too, or even some light rock influences (The Hoosiers, The Kooks, OK Go). My absolute favourite artist is Darren Hayes though. This man is true brilliance personified. His voice, his lyrics, his music :bowdown:

- Fear is a waste of time. I have many things that I am probably scared of, but I do not spend any time making a hierarchy of my phobias :lol: But I have poor balance, so I feel ill at ease at heights and ledges.

- Hmm, I don't really know what my happiest day is. Graduating from uni was an awesome experience; or celebrating in graduation week. I also get extremely happy whenever I enter London :lol: Or Roehampton; the Wimbledon qualies venue for me is almost magical. But what really is my happiest day, I wouldn't be able to tell you.

-What does your username means?

-Which MTFers have you met? Which would you like to meet - besides me?

-What's your favourite Challenger tournament?

-What's your favourite drink?

-How would you define your political views?

-Which type of music do you enjoy listening to?

-What's your biggest fear?

-Tell us about your happiest day ever.

CooCooCachoo
12-16-2008, 10:25 PM
About your username: it has always recalled me to the Beatles song I Am The Walrus, there is a line that says exactly "Coo Coo Cachoo".
Do you know it?

I get that question quite a lot. I know the song (and don't really like it; it definitely is not one of the best Beatles songs), but it's not where my name comes from.

By the way, Kylie Minogue has a song called Koocachoo. And Alvin Stardust also has a similar song title.

CooCooCachoo
12-16-2008, 10:46 PM
- Why are you so interested into lower tier tournaments (such as challengers and futures) and players who play there? Most of your favs are challenger level players, which is quite unusual to see in this board.

- I've got an impression that you have seen in action most of top-300 (or even top-500) players :) Is it true?

- Do you play tennis yourself? If you do, what level?

- What is your favorite playing style? I mean, your favorites have very different playing styles (for example, Cipolla and Zverev), and I'm unable to pick it out what style is your favorite :)

- Who is your favorite retired player?

Thanks for your answers! :)

- It has to do with the playing style that I prefer. I really do not like players who pound or whack the ball and rely solely on power. I'm really fond of players who use tactics, who like to volley and use a lot of variety (e.g. Flavio Cipolla). Unfortunately, these players often need to have more power if they want to reach the higher echelons on the ATP Tour. Flavio, for instance, has an absolutely horrendous serve which hampers his progress. If you look at my signature, you will find that the game style of most of these players is quite distinct from what you will generally find in the Top 50. I was very appreciative of the games of Nathalie Tauziat, Patrick Rafter and Tim Henman though, but tennis these days is not very accommodating to their game styles.

This by the way does not mean that I do not like any players that use power. Jérémy Chardy, for instance, is quite a hardhitting guy. But a second reason why I like many low-ranked players is because they are more approachable. When I met Jérémy for instance, he was so extremely nice that it was impossible to dislike him, despite his game. The same goes for Aravane Rezaï on the women's side, who of course is really not known for her finesse.

- I have definitely seen most of the Top 300 (and also more than the majority of the Top 500, I'd say) live, but there are still loads of players I have not seen in action! Your question triggered me to check the rankings and in the Top 300, these are the guys I've never seen in real life: Andujar (101), Istomin (105), Isner (145), Riba (155), Hocevar (171), Santos (186), Zemlja (200), Ball (202), Devvarman (204), Guez (205), Gregorc (219), Miranda (221), G. Lapentti (222), Yani (223), Petrazzuolo (226), Ghem (229), Flock (230), Marchenko (231), Alund (249), Klein (250), DeHeart (251), Ebelthite (254), Desen (255), Zampieri (256), Ghedin (258), Miele (260), Amado (261), Estrella (262), Alvarez (266), Veic (270), Satschko (273), Ionita (274), Groth (277), Vagnozzi (278), Ward (279), Kavcic (284), Slabinsky (286), Marrai (287), Felder (289), Pavlovs (290), Moraru (292), Matosevic (293), Im (294), Capkovic (295), Bloomfield (296) and De Armas (300).

That's still a lot of players :lol: 46 in total, or 15.33% of the Top 300 :p

- I do play tennis myself, but I am not very good :lol: I mean, I am not a complete disaster, but I would not say I am above average. I am too lazy to run for balls :haha: Oh I do have a really mean game style, as I dropshot all the time :angel: Adam (adeegee) can vouch for this by the way; he can describe my game and level more objectively I guess :p

- Ah, I already said a few words on what game style I like the most. In general, I really appreciate tactics and a good net game, which is something you will find in the games of Cipolla, Zverev, Chardy and Roger-Vasselin for example, even if all four of course have very different games. I can't handle the grinders, ball bashers and retrievers very well. No Vicentes for me, puh-lease. I'd guess Chiudinelli could be characterized as a baseliner, but with him it is his personality that won me over. Ask some people that I watched Marco with; this guy is one of the nicest players out there.

- Karol Kucera :bowdown: I loved the way he could hide his emotions on court (even though I am quite fond of expressive players). He really was like a little cat (if you recall, his coach, Mecir, was nicked 'big cat') out there. He was also one of the best tactical players the game has ever seen. And, very typical for players I like, he didn't really have that good a serve.

adee-gee
12-16-2008, 11:39 PM
I can certainly vouch for the fact he likes to play drop shots :banghead: :mad: :fiery: :lol:

My questions......

1) Are you going to come to Wimbledon next year? I feel my pronounciations are beginning to return to their pre-meeting you levels :(

2) Why do Dutch people tend to say pronounce the letter 's' like 'sch'?

3) You'll be delighted to hear I have some new sunglasses, would you like me to provide a picture of them? :p

4) What's your fondest memory/match from the last 2 years at Wimbledon?

5) Of all the tournies you have been to, which one do you feel offers (a) the best value for money, (b) the most enjoyment, and (c) the best atmosphere?

6) Say you're talking to Edouard at a tourney, and Montcourt comes along. You chat to him and he's a really nice guy. Do you become a fan? :angel:

CooCooCachoo
12-17-2008, 08:12 AM
Drop shots :angel: I was just giving you some exercise :p

1) I am really afraid I will not be able to make it :sad: I still have classes then, I think. Any opportunity I have to go, I'll take it though :p

2) We do? I don't, do I? I have no clue :shrug: But you should realize that the Dutch sch is pronounced as sggg (hard G) :p

3) Yes please :D It has to be an improvement, I'm sure :D

4) Cipolla/Economidis beating Bopanna/Zovko in 2007, with the match being moved several times due to rain, and with Cipo and Kostas saving several MPs. I was soooo nervous :haha: Doud qualifying in 2007 was awesome as well :D

5) Wimbledon Qualies to all three :angel: It's cheap, it's high-quality tennis with a lot being at stake while players are still approachable, and it's held at one of the most inspiring and beautiful venues ever. I absolutely worship the event.

6) Possibly :p If he's really, really nice. It's not impossible :D

I can certainly vouch for the fact he likes to play drop shots :banghead: :mad: :fiery: :lol:

My questions......

1) Are you going to come to Wimbledon next year? I feel my pronounciations are beginning to return to their pre-meeting you levels :(

2) Why do Dutch people tend to say pronounce the letter 's' like 'sch'?

3) You'll be delighted to hear I have some new sunglasses, would you like me to provide a picture of them? :p

4) What's your fondest memory/match from the last 2 years at Wimbledon?

5) Of all the tournies you have been to, which one do you feel offers (a) the best value for money, (b) the most enjoyment, and (c) the best atmosphere?

6) Say you're talking to Edouard at a tourney, and Montcourt comes along. You chat to him and he's a really nice guy. Do you become a fan? :angel:

Carlita
12-17-2008, 09:06 AM
OMG, you got one of these? :lol:

hmm

-Who is going to sneak into closed practice sessions with me now you're not in Rotterdam? :sad:

-What's the nicest/worst difference living in Austria? (compared to our :rolleyes: country?)

Peta Pan
12-17-2008, 10:29 AM
bearing this in mind
I'd also really love to meet Peta and Kristen. They were here in my early days too and they seem to be such lovely people. It'd be amazing to spend some time with them :D
:hug: btw ;)

- why did you move to Austria so close to the time I'm actually planning on visiting Holland? :p :lol:

- how many places in Europe have you visited? and which was your favourite?

CooCooCachoo
12-17-2008, 10:29 PM
- :awww: I might actually be around for the Rotterdam tourney! Have no classes in February and might head to The Netherlands then ;) If not, I'm afraid you need to speak to Nando or Mohammed :p Or maybe the Quasimodo guy :haha: :haha: :haha:

- The nicest is being able to let go of studying for a while. It's really a relief to not have to work so hard, and have a lot of fun and partying instead. And there is so much culture here; Vienna is an absolutely gorgeous city. Rotterdam just doesn't compare. The worst would be Austrian food. It's horrendous. And I miss the Albert Heijn :sad: Oh and the ubiquity of the German language really doesn't help either :p

OMG, you got one of these? :lol:

hmm

-Who is going to sneak into closed practice sessions with me now you're not in Rotterdam? :sad:

-What's the nicest/worst difference living in Austria? (compared to our :rolleyes: country?)

CooCooCachoo
12-17-2008, 10:33 PM
bearing this in mind

:hug: btw ;)

- why did you move to Austria so close to the time I'm actually planning on visiting Holland? :p :lol:

- how many places in Europe have you visited? and which was your favourite?

:lol: Well, I was supposed to study somewhere else, but due to circumstances that didn't come about and I had to postpone going to the UK for now. This programme I am doing is a back-up option, and I am doing it mostly for the sake of seeing something of the world. This year I am in Vienna, the first semester of my second (and final) year I hope to be in Santa Barbara, Cali, USA and the second semester in Leipzig. And after that, I want to go to the UK for further studies :p It all has nothing to do with you though :( It's unfortunate :sad: But I really really think you should come to Vienna. This city is too beautiful to skip on your way to Europe!

Hmm. I've been to Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain (inc. Canary Islands), Greece, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and obviously Austria now. Since I've been here I've visited six countries I had never been to before September :lol: My favourite city by far is London :hearts: I just get very very happy when I arrive, I love the culture, the fact that there's so much to do, Wimbledon, the British Museum, Starbucks :worship: It's amazing. Vienna is a good second though :yeah:

Carlita
12-18-2008, 06:44 PM
- :awww: I might actually be around for the Rotterdam tourney! Have no classes in February and might head to The Netherlands then ;) If not, I'm afraid you need to speak to Nando or Mohammed :p Or maybe the Quasimodo guy :haha: :haha: :haha: :D cool! You will have to remind me again who Quasimodo guy is....coz as usual.... I forgot :rolls: :tape:

- The nicest is being able to let go of studying for a while. It's really a relief to not have to work so hard, and have a lot of fun and partying instead. And there is so much culture here; Vienna is an absolutely gorgeous city. Rotterdam just doesn't compare. The worst would be Austrian food. It's horrendous. And I miss the Albert Heijn :sad: Oh and the ubiquity of the German language really doesn't help either :paww! And what about AH do you miss then? :awww:

CooCooCachoo
12-18-2008, 10:15 PM
:D cool! You will have to remind me again who Quasimodo guy is....coz as usual.... I forgot :rolls: :tape:

Eduardo? Is that his name?


aww! And what about AH do you miss then? :awww:

The range of products, the quality of the fresh products, the neatness of the place, the high standards, the capable personnel. A lot :p AH is a great supermarket, and the Austrian supermarkets simply don't measure up. On the plus side, the Lidl here is actually pretty good; they also sell brand products. The Lidl in the Netherlands is crap.

CooCooCachoo
12-18-2008, 10:17 PM
Oh and Milan (SloKid) rightly pointed me to the fact that I forgot to mention that I want to meet him too ;) But he should understand that I know him as a TWATWorld poster, and see him in that light ;)

Fensler
12-18-2008, 10:27 PM
If you could visit three North American challenger events (with all expenses paid for you ahead of time), which three would you choose?

CooCooCachoo
12-19-2008, 06:31 AM
If you could visit three North American challenger events (with all expenses paid for you ahead of time), which three would you choose?

Are you offering? :p

But it's a good question. The obvious choice would be Sunrise, but the Challenger is too big for me, so I'd pass. The other obvious choice would be Dallas, because of its great coverage. But because its indoor, and I really prefer outdoor events, I will also pass on that.

I guess it'd be something like this:

1. Bronx. It has a pretty good field, and being right before the US Open a lot is at stake, so players will really take this event seriously.
2. Tunica Resorts. I know it's indoor, but I've never been to an indoor clay event, so I think it'd be really interesting to see. Am not a fan of resorts, but still. And the idea of a bunch of US hardcourt specialists battling it out on US claycourts shortly before Roland Garros has a pretty high slapstick value, that I feel it must be worth going to.
3. Waikoloa. Just after the AO, I reckon this would be a nice little vacation. And I'd love to visit Hawaii ;)