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03-29-2010 03:48 PM
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Thanks a lot for sharing, good story

Hope this wasn't one of the last DC's for Nico.
03-17-2010 10:17 PM
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Thanks so much!Glad it all went ok for you girls, with the seats and flag signing.Truly die-hard supporters!Too bad about the score, but frankly we all kinda expected it to end this way...Can't wait for your pix, blurry or not
03-16-2010 12:34 AM
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I'm so sorry! Haven't finished the report yet, it's been a busy week.

Well, I'm not good at match reports, so I never do them. But I can say the matches weren't as easy for the Croatians as the score lines showed. All Ecuadorians played well, the Croatians just played better.
My new discovery is Ivan Endara. I liked to see him play and I love his attitude. He was so motivated and focused on team spirit. He even tried to arrange to get all Ecuador fans there together sitting behind the team. Worked pretty well, cause the first day we got to sit courtside (!!!) with 2 French girls also supporting Ecuador and Giova in particular. These got tickets somehow, so the rest of the days they could sit there. We joined two other Ecuador fans, but we all 4 left our actual seats to sit behind the Ecuador team on the stands. Very cool! And it was no problem, cause the stadium was never full.
And the Lapentti family is just lovely, the mom and dad are so supportive and very friendly. Nico's girlfriend was also there, she's really nice too. And she looks stunning! They're such a beautiful couple.
I have to say that mom and dad Lapentti look great too! And again, extremely nice. Smiling all the time to us fans. Even on the last day. Nico's dad even asked me after the last match if I managed to get a pic with Nico. (I did, we waited after the match on Saturday). Got a pic with Nico and one with Ivan. I also asked Julio and Ivan to sign my flag. Giova was already on there from the tourney in Halle last year, but he signed on the wrong side. So I wanted the rest on the right side of the flag, but Ivan disagreed. Julio already signed on the spot I wanted him to sign, so when I asked Ivan I thought it would go just as well. But no, Ivan insisted on signing on the same side as Giova, didn't matter to him it was the wrong side. Didn't get Nico to sign on Saturday, cause he was already in the bus so didn't want to bother him again. On Sunday when Jule noticed he was signing for little kids, of course I ran over and asked him to sign my flag too. He did, even smiling with it.

That was about all, I wanted to write a more detailed report at first. If I ever do, I'll post it, but now that I've written this, my urge to add all minor details disappeared.

You'll have to wait a little longer for the pics tho, cause I took a lot. I'm still sorting them, unfortunately a lot of them are blurry already.

Oh, Julio's parents were there also, even in the same hotel. They smiled all the time, but we didn't talk to them as they don't speak English and we don't speak Spanish. Linesmen were in that hotel too... So many justified complaining over calls from Ecuador that I had the idea to poison them at breakfast.
03-16-2010 12:11 AM
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hey girls,peeps in here waiting for some stories from your croatian DC trip!or was it so boring that there's nothing to tell?(kidding)
03-04-2010 08:09 PM
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Thanks! We do have a great hotel close to the stadium
And we already saw lots of DC decorations in the city.
03-04-2010 12:15 AM
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Have fun there girls
02-19-2010 07:49 PM
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Nico is looking forward to the tie:
Me too, my tickets arrived this week.
We have good seats, in the middle of first row on the long side. (And I think opposite of umpire and players, but I'm not 100% sure.)
01-14-2010 01:45 AM
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Just post the picture of both cute girls and everything will be fine
01-13-2010 05:58 PM
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They can't be mad at two cute girls with a huge Ecudorian flag.
Thanks for the info, I hope in Croatia it will also be waiting only and nothing more difficult.
01-13-2010 05:51 PM
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In Porto Alegre it was very easy, although it took a long time but I suppose it depends on how the Stadium/access to the players area is. In my case their gate was very close to the fans one and all I had to do was waiting for them to leave. There barely was seccurity left at past midnight.

Of course they winning at least one rubber of the day makes it easier, they can be great guys but who knows what would their mood be like after losing two five set matches to the big servers

Good luck there!
01-11-2010 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Caio_Brasil View Post

I can't go to Europe this soon but I count on you both to do the cheering for them, I did it silently in Porto Alegre and it worked.
We've had the same problem for years, couldn't go to Ecuador/South America for the weekend.

And I don't know if I will cheer silently, think not, because the excitement has to come out at some point. I will bring my huge-"where did you get that?!"-flag. (That was the first thing Giova asked when I asked him to sign it in Halle and he was so impressed, he didn't notice he was writing on the wrong side. I also didn't notice, but hey, it's not my country flag. )
I'll let Nico write on the wrong side too, if it hangs in my room, there's no Dutchie who'll notice the bird is looking the wrong way.

edit: update, we booked flights & hotel, we're only waiting to buy tickets now. Didn't inform you guys we actually managed to arrange everything for real.

@Caio: Is it easy to meet them outside the stadium? Don't know how it is in Croatia, but with the France - Germany tie it was easy to wait too. Even though it included some yelling at Clément to make him notice there were people waiting, lol.
01-11-2010 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Kezzi View Post
Anyone having plans to go to Croatia?

Me and Jule do, I hope we can manage!

I can't go to Europe this soon but I count on you both to do the cheering for them, I did it silently in Porto Alegre and it worked.
01-07-2010 10:40 PM
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Anyone having plans to go to Croatia?

Me and Jule do, I hope we can manage!
09-25-2009 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Caio_Brasil View Post
Nico is so awesome it lacks words to describe. I posted 50 videos of the tie and he is on the vast majority of them

Here is my picture with him. I tried it first time Friday night, almost 1 AM when everyone had left the stadium for more than pne hour. I took with Giovanni and Marcaccio, and when Nico appeared the camera failed. The guy with him, someone of the team, told him he would be back in 5 minutes and so he told me. I tried to fix the camera but their van had to leave so he didn't come back.

On Saturday I stayed there again waiting long time when everyone had left, and when he showed up he said "Ah, ahora sí " like asking if this time it would work, smiling of course. I'm glad I managed to get this pic

Here is the one with Giovanni, another great guy who earned a fan on the weekend

I'll come with pictures of the matches, it's just a mather of time

And this weekend I'll be watching Nico again as he will play a Brazilian Interclubs in São Paulo, where I live now
Those are incredible pics! And you get to see him once again... I'm jealous. Really cool that Nico remembered you.
After reading how nice they are, I'm definitely going to the tie in Croatia!!
Would also be great to experience the DC with Ecuador too, that way I saw both 'my' teams in action at least once. France (with Clément, Grosjean, Llodra) is the other one, been there a few years ago in Germany.
And hopefully I can finally see Nico play one of his legendary five sets.
09-25-2009 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Nastasie View Post
It's in Portuguese (his Portuguese is pretty good, despite Guga's protests to the contrary :P). It was very cute because he was keeping it together right until he hugged his mom, then he started crying. My daughter's comment was: "Aaww, he's a momma's boy!"

I thought the whole family was really awesome, I was totally okay with losing to them.
Your daughter's comment is hilarious.
I think the whole family is always so cute, they really support each other.
Too funny how his dad is holding the flag behind him when he gives that interview.

I hope they'll travel to Croatia with them, I'm seriously thinking about going, because they won't get any closer... There has to be some major thing that weekend otherwise I don't think anyone can stop me from going.
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