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Article: Mario's Wimbledon diary from The Independent newspaper

windsunairstar
02-24-2005, 04:42 PM
Hi all,

Mario wrote a short diary about his Wimbledon experience last year for the Brittish newspaper The Independent. It was published on Sunday July 4th 2004. So for those of you who haven't read it.... enjoy! :lick:

love you all! :wavey:

PS: for all you stalkers and ladies with high hopes out there, three words: CHELSEA VILLAGE HOTEL!!! Now let's just hope he's the kind of guy who likes to go back to the same places every year... :devil:

"Diary of a giant-killer: It turned out to be a perfect day, and Goran was one of the first to ring" Mario Ancic
04 July 2004


Sunday 20 June: I arrive in London with my coach, my brother and my sister, who is in the junior draw. We are staying at the Chelsea Village Hotel. I am feeling tired because I have just played a tough semi-final in Rosmalen, so I watch Spain go out of the Euro 2004 in Portugal and get an early night. I am really looking forward to tomorrow.

Monday 21 June: The first day of Wimbledon is always very exciting because you know all tennis eyes will be here for two weeks. I pick up a schedule and then go back to my hotel as early as possible because Croatia play in a must-win match against England at Euro 2004. After dinner, I settle down in front of the TV with my coach, Rohan Goetzke. Croatia play well, but are not quite good enough to beat a really good England team. We lack individual talents like Wayne Rooney, who is a brilliant sportsman. We are out of the Euro, but at least I'm still in the Championships.

Tuesday 22 June: I'd found out earlier that my first-round opponent, David Nalbandian, had had to pull out. It was a stroke of luck, because I felt I had been handed a shitty draw. I now face Luis Horna of Peru, who I should be able to beat. I do, but only after losing the first set. I get it together in the end and win 6-7 6-4 6-3 6-4, but it just goes to show that there are no gimmes in Grand Slams. My performance is not great, but it's a good wake-up call, which is just what I need if I am to have an impact this year.

Wednesday 23 June: I just have a light hit on the practice courts at Aorangi because I have been playing a lot of tennis in recent weeks and must not overdo it. That night, we go out to a Greek restaurant near Chelsea Village and then come home to watch Germany crash out of the Euro. Having the football on at the moment is a real treat because it allows me to kill the evenings and take my mind off the tennis.

Thursday 24 June: Days like this are a complete nightmare. It rains non-stop and, although we are all sure there will be no play, the organisers keep us at the All England Club until 7pm. I have a hit indoors for 30 minutes and then go to have a little cheeky sleep in the locker rooms. Well, there's nothing else to do. In the evening, we pop out for some sushi at Fulham Broadway and then watch England's brilliant quarter-final with Portugal.

Friday 25 June: I finally get to play my second-round match against Julien Benneteau, of France. I don't know whether it is due to the long wait, but I make very hard work of an opponent I should beat comfortably. In the end, I win in five sets, 4-6 7-6 6-2 5-7 6-4, but it's yet another close call. It's time to wake up.

Saturday 26 June: Another wash-out, except that this time I am really grateful for the weather because I wake up not feeling too good. I don't know if it's the cold, but I am quite stiff. It's disappointing for the fans to go home without seeing any tennis, but for me it's a lifesaver. I would lose if I played today. In the evening, it's back to the hotel for the usual ritual of food (this time it's Italian) and then football (Sweden v Holland). Some players prefer being in houses near Wimbledon, but I feel it limits your options too much. In a hotel, you can use the gym, pop out to nearby shops, meet friends in town and, most importantly, have your meals cooked.

Sunday 27 June: I have a hit with Sjeng Schalken in the morning, before playing my third-round match against Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty. He is a dangerous opponent, but I play really well for the first time in these Championships and win 7-5 6-3 7-5. It feels great. I have never been to the fourth round of Wimbledon, so I am obviously delighted. Goran Ivanisevic, who is my sporting hero and has become a great friend in the past 10 years, calls to congratulate me. He tells me to stay focused because the second week of a Grand Slam is when it gets serious.

Monday 28 June: The schedule is becoming really gruelling now, as this will be my third match in four days. But I get lucky, as Xavier Malisse retires mid-way through the second set, after I had won the first 7-5. I'm starting to become more confident now and am looking forward to my quarter-final against Tim Henman or Mark Philippoussis.

Tuesday 29 June: It will be Henman tomorrow on Centre, a court I have great memories from since beating Roger Federer there in the first round two years ago. The fact that I will be playing against the English hero does not scare me. I love the "me against all" mentally. It's what Goran thrived on and I am the same.

Wednesday 30 June: It turns out to be the perfect day. I start well against Tim, winning the tight first set and then take the next two quite comfortably. This is definitely the greatest win of my career because of the opponent and the setting. I am particularly happy with my mental strength, which is something I have been working on a lot. For some people, it's not easy when you know the whole crowd are against you, but those are the challenges I enjoy. I think Tim has done brilliantly considering the huge pressure he's under, but I was just better on the day. That night, no wild celebrations but a huge number of calls and SMS's. Goran is, of course, one of the first to ring.

Thursday 1 July: A quiet day after the drama of Wednesday. I am aware that I must put the Henman match to one side now because there is an even tougher semi against Andy Roddick to prepare for. I have a massage and a gentle knock. Sleeping is not easy.

Friday 2 July: I was really worried that we were going to have to play on Saturday, so when the referee gave us the option to go to Court One I was delighted. I think it was a very good decision. The rain can be a real pain, but it saved my bacon late in the day because I was being battered by Andy Roddick. As soon as the first drops came down, I ran off the court. That night, I had a good chat with Rohan and decided to be a bit more aggressive. Even though I was down, I went to sleep calm and confident.

Yesterday: I was pumped because I knew that I had a break point straight away and a chance to get back into the match. When I took it and then won the second set, I felt confident. But Andy is tough and he just wouldn't fold, even when I was playing my best. In the end, I feel I played well but he deserved to win. I'm a little sorry, but proud. I will fly back to Split today, but I'll definitely be back here next year. I have every intention of winning Wimbledon.

Interview by Alex Hayes

alita
02-24-2005, 05:01 PM
Thank you so much! ! windsunairstar! :hug: :hug:
Mario is really a football fan. :rolls:

Fabian123
02-24-2005, 07:33 PM
Thanks windsunairstar!! :yeah: :)

Idril
02-24-2005, 09:12 PM
thanks! that was really good!

adelaide
02-24-2005, 09:20 PM
thanks windsumairstar....... it's lovely.

mario's so adorable. hehe.

pryss
02-24-2005, 10:35 PM
I felt I had been handed a shitty draw
LMAO! do the British Press just print that? that's funny.

CHELSEA VILLAGE HOTEL. *jots it down* thanks windsumairstar! :)

janje17
02-25-2005, 11:50 AM
of course he loves football...every croatian guy loves football

Fabian123
02-25-2005, 01:03 PM
of course he loves football...every croatian guy loves football

the german, too :) :)

Joycelovemario
02-25-2005, 03:23 PM
the german, too :) :)
I think all the tennis players love football!

Fabian123
02-25-2005, 04:06 PM
I think all the tennis players love football!

not all, the most ;)

Pernille
02-25-2005, 05:37 PM
Every REAL man loves football...
If they dont they are not real men...

Meeek
02-25-2005, 06:09 PM
the german, too :) :)

So do Dutch guys...and English ones...etc.. ;) :p

But nice article! Thanks :yeah:

vero
02-25-2005, 06:36 PM
Thank you so much windsunairstar for this great article !! It's so lovely !

Idril
02-25-2005, 09:26 PM
LMAO! do the British Press just print that? that's funny.

CHELSEA VILLAGE HOTEL. *jots it down* thanks windsumairstar! :)

of course they do! the only words British newspapers are not allowed to print without starring them out are fuck and ****. can i say that? :eek:

all Englishmen love football:p, lots of girls do too.

alita
02-26-2005, 08:30 AM
Every REAL man loves football...
If they dont they are not real men...
:rolls::rolls: I'm not a real man :lol: :p

Pernille
02-26-2005, 08:37 AM
:rolls::rolls: I'm not a real man :lol: :p

Then you must be a WRONG man... :confused:

Joycelovemario
02-26-2005, 09:23 AM
I feel I played well but he deserved to win
he had a very good mental standard! Just did well never mind whether win or lost!
I like the idea!

I'll definitely be back here next year. I have every intention of winning Wimbledon.
yep! I definitely waiting for your winning the title in Wimbledon!
Go~this year's wimbledon!

Joycelovemario
02-26-2005, 09:32 AM
Then you must be a WRONG man... :confused:
I think alita must be a real lovely girl! ;)

vero
02-26-2005, 10:24 AM
I think alita must be a real lovely girl!
I think so !
Football is not only a men's domain ... a lot of girls like football too !

soso
02-26-2005, 01:09 PM
I think so !
Football is not only a men's domain ... a lot of girls like football too !

Yep like me :D

Pernille
02-26-2005, 01:27 PM
I like football too, but I also think that a man HAS to like football... Call me wierd, but that is how I fell... (It almost rhymed)

Kat!
02-27-2005, 03:21 AM
thanks for the article....!! LOL @ Mario's love of football....

soso
02-27-2005, 08:42 AM
Kat where do you have got your avatar ?

Joycelovemario
02-27-2005, 08:51 AM
Kat where do you have got your avatar ?
mmmmm~~~
this type of pics are so valueble! :devil:
lovely Mario :angel:

vero
02-27-2005, 09:15 AM
I agree, your avatar is absolutely lovely Kat !

Kat!
02-27-2005, 09:32 AM
thanks guys :) mario is always so adorable!!! lol.... i've replied to ur PM soso!

Joycelovemario
02-27-2005, 09:39 AM
thanks guys :) mario is always so adorable!!! lol.... i've replied to ur PM soso!
:mad: kat!!!
why not tell all of us where your avatar is from?
or post the pic here :devil:

Kat!
02-28-2005, 10:25 AM
:mad: kat!!!
why not tell all of us where your avatar is from?
or post the pic here :devil:

er.... no need to use the :mad: smilie.... :confused:

the pic is from a picture I took with my friend's phone @ Mario's autograph session (during Aus Open this year).... unfortunately my hand must've been shaking as I took it .... so the original is actually quite blurry :sad: so it only looks "normal" when i reduce it to this size!

ataptc
02-28-2005, 03:58 PM
thanks for the article! :yeah:

I agree! Kat's avatar is :yeah: How about posting the original pic here? Nevermind if it's blur :)

alita
03-01-2005, 03:02 AM
I think alita must be a real lovely girl! ;)
Thanks Joyce. :hug: ;)
I mean I have no idea of football. not interested in it :rolleyes:

Joycelovemario
03-01-2005, 10:35 AM
er.... no need to use the :mad: smilie.... :confused:

the pic is from a picture I took with my friend's phone @ Mario's autograph session (during Aus Open this year).... unfortunately my hand must've been shaking as I took it .... so the original is actually quite blurry :sad: so it only looks "normal" when i reduce it to this size!
thank you Kat :hug: Mario is so kind to his fans I think :D
his face is so lovely ,his smile is so sweet! :angel:
your words about your taking photo at his signature session really urges me dreaming his come to China! :music: :rocker2:
But I do not sure whether he will come or not! :sad: now what I can do is only waiting him :angel: told to myself often:don't worry,don't hurry, he will come here! :worship:

ps.the reason of using :mad: cuz I like you, and really want to know where the avatar is from~ ;)

ataptc
03-01-2005, 12:08 PM
I mean I have no idea of football. not interested in it :rolleyes:
wow it's rare to find someone who doesnt like football too! :) I dont mind playing but definitely dont like watching it

alita
03-01-2005, 01:24 PM
Yeah, even if there are so many cute guys :p :devil: LOL

soso
03-01-2005, 06:32 PM
Hi !!

Do you know wich languages speak Mario ???

abro
03-01-2005, 07:23 PM
Hi !!

Do you know wich languages speak Mario ???
I'm sure he speaks croatian and english don't know for others
by the way great article
o$e mora da uzivas a i dnevnik nije los
:) I also think it's great that he is a football fun cos I like it as well
pozdrav za olgu o$u ancic

vero
03-03-2005, 09:55 AM
Not sure at all about that :unsure: but I read somewhere (don't remember where :rolleyes: ) he also speaks german ?!... perhaps not fluent german...

soso
03-03-2005, 11:19 AM
I think he speaks Italian but i'm not sure....

Joycelovemario
03-03-2005, 11:43 AM
;) maybe he is also a language genius just like Fernando Gonzalez :devil:
good and hardworking boy! :angel:
so luck and success are always being around you! :angel:

Idril
03-03-2005, 10:28 PM
he must speak French, he trains in Monaco

Joycelovemario
03-04-2005, 02:38 AM
he must speak French, he trains in Monaco
Monaco is really a beautiful country!
esp Monte Carlo where some tennis players including Mario living there! :wavey:
like a heaven city! :D :angel:

soso
03-04-2005, 08:38 AM
he must speak French, he trains in Monaco

Nop i know that he don't speak french !

Joycelovemario
03-04-2005, 09:15 AM
Nop i know that he don't speak french !
oh~he can speak english there :wavey:

Idril
03-04-2005, 10:01 PM
Nop i know that he don't speak french !

NO WAY! hehe, maybe he can speak English there. loads of French people are so rude about language: if yo ugo up to them and speak English they pretend they don't understand or ignore you but if you try to speak French they just talk in English straight away, sometimes even if you ask them to speak in French :mad: . the French on here are very nice though :D :worship: .

my German exchange family just laughed at me when i didn't understand what they said... :sad:

vero
03-05-2005, 01:20 PM
Unfortunetely, I've to admit you're right Idril ! I hate all those French people who don't want to make any effort to speak other languages !!!
I think almost all people who live in Monte Carlo speak english... so Mario don't need to speak french !

soso
03-05-2005, 02:52 PM
YES absolutly right girls !!

Idril
03-05-2005, 10:50 PM
aah, well this country's no better:). hardly anyone here tries to learn a language here.