Chile welcomes Massu and Gonzalez

09-13-2004, 07:54 PM
some pics from todays reception

with Chilean President at the goverments home balcony

staring at the people outside the goverments home

the bus that made the trip from the airport

09-13-2004, 07:58 PM
Chi chi chi
le le le

Chi chi chi
le le le

Viva Chile

Good to see that they got this presedential reception and what an honour it's for the first ever Chilean gold medalists.

09-13-2004, 08:05 PM
COOL!! Gracias!!

Any articles to post here??

More piccies??

09-13-2004, 08:12 PM
OMFG. Massu's face on the bus :lol:

Congrats, Nico and Gonzo :hug:

09-13-2004, 08:13 PM
this is the article go to VER GALERIAand you will find lots of pics of todays reception

09-13-2004, 08:44 PM
a big reception for gold medalists...


09-13-2004, 09:17 PM
Well done guys enjoy some time at home.

09-14-2004, 12:09 AM
All the day in tv, great :D ... Nico and Feña deserve it :worship: :hug:

09-14-2004, 12:27 AM
Yes, Nico and Gonzo you deserve it

Gonzo Hates Me!
09-14-2004, 12:36 AM
Thank ya!!!!!! Sheesh, Fernie looks so bad in those pics though

09-14-2004, 01:40 AM
Wow, what a reception they got! congrats Massu and Gonzalez! :)

09-14-2004, 01:46 AM
:eek: amazing response

Ma. Estefania
09-14-2004, 02:53 AM
Very nice receivement....

I watched the images on TV.

Feña looked so cute :)

09-14-2004, 07:40 AM
Fernando looked hot :drool:

Massu :bigclap:

great reception!!!

09-14-2004, 11:38 AM
Thanks for sharing these photos - they all look so happy - and they should be :)

09-14-2004, 12:47 PM
fantastic. they made their country proud. watch for more kids being inspired by this to play tennis. in 10-15 years the top 10 tennis players will all be from latinamerica. i love it! :worship:

09-15-2004, 01:27 PM
Chilean's heroes tend to go on that balcony a lot! Marcelo Rios appeared there as well!

09-15-2004, 01:45 PM
Yesterday in a exhibition's match Massu def. Gonzalez 6-3, 6-3,,1_90369367_246,00.jpg

09-15-2004, 02:03 PM
Thanks, any videos?

09-15-2004, 04:19 PM

Gold Chilean King :eek:

09-16-2004, 04:58 PM

Chile's Moment Beckons after Olympic Glory

by Chris Bowers

Will Chile be able to burnish the Davis Cup with their Olympic gold? We will get the beginning of an answer when double gold medallist Nicolas Massu and his doubles partner in Athens, Fernando Gonzalez, line up against Japan in Vina del Mar to decide who plays in the 2005 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group.

“Everything seems possible now,” says veteran coach Patricio Rodriguez, who has been instrumental in the sudden emergence of Massu as a world class performer. “We have two guys who can play equally well on clay and hardcourts and obviously they have formed a great doubles partnership.”

Rodriguez, who has captained Chile many times during the course of a long career in the game which stretches back to his playing days in the 1950s, is not sure what role he will play this time.

“We have had a young captain recently, because Horacio de la Pena, who is Fernando’s coach, cannot sit in the captain’s chair as he is Argentinian. I suppose I could take over the captain’s role again with Horacio continuing as coach but all that will have to be decided in the next two weeks.”

Just as interesting will be the way in which Massu and Gonzalez play their doubles. Amazingly, they won the gold medal in Athens – beating the top ranked team of Mike and Bob Bryan along the way – from the back court.

“In that match neither Chilean player went to the net once – not once,” said Rodriguez, still smiling in disbelief at the thought. “I agreed with those tactics eventually, although at first I thought they should mix it up a bit. But then we realized there was no point in having to handle dipping volleys at your feet when you could overpower opponents from the back. The Bryans were being pushed back all the time by the sheer weight of shot they were having to handle.”

Chilean optimism is well founded. The ingredients essential for any successful Davis Cup team lie not merely in two top class singles players, but also a top doubles combination. It is not ideal if two players have to play all five rubbers, but Massu and Gonzalez seem strong enough to shoulder the burden.

Certainly they would appear to have too much firepower for Japan, whose Davis Cup record bears strange similarities to Chile’s. Both countries made their last appearance in the World Group in 1985 with the South Americans – in the last days of the era of Hans Gildemeister and Belus Prajoux – getting as far as the quarterfinals in 1982.

The fact that Marcelo Rios, who reached No. 1 in the world, could never elevate Chile above the zonal groups only underscores how difficult it is for one great player to carry his colleagues forward if they are not good enough. Today’s equivalent is Switzerland, where Roger Federer is hoping desperately for a Swiss player to step up and help him to share the load, but it seems he will have to wait a while.

In the meantime, Chile and their talent-laden neighbours Argentina will be taking the popularity of tennis to new heights on the South American continent.

“Football, of course, is very popular,” says Rodriguez, “but we have never won anything as important as Olympic medals at football. What Nicolas and Fernando have achieved is tremendous, even better in a way than Rios becoming world No 1, because they did it in Chilean colours, playing for their country. Now we will have to see what they can do in the Davis Cup.”

Providing they win promotion against Japan, the possibility of Chile emerging as serious contenders to get their name enscribed on that famous Davis Cup bowl in 2005 suddenly look quite promising.

Live Scoring, news and photos from Chile's clash with Japan will be available on over the weekend of September 24-26

09-17-2004, 09:18 AM
Enjoy the celebrations and they will be prepared to surge into the World Group in 2005, I hope they didn't draw the Argies in the 1st round.

09-17-2004, 01:42 PM
Enjoy the celebrations and they will be prepared to surge into the World Group in 2005, I hope they didn't draw the Argies in the 1st round.
I hope the same :rolleyes: :devil: