Ok big big big big thank you to Pablo from Argentina! He's studying in Seattle, Washington for a PhD in math?
Good luck man. Ok!!! He translated this huge article for us
Coria - A dream worthy of gold
He's preparing his return to the circuit (at Toronto, starting
Monday the 26) and he still keeps the illusion of winning the gold
medal in the Olympics. And he talks about Roland Garros: "This
wasn't the one for me".
Guillermo Coria is quiet. One notices it when he practices with
Gastón Etlis in one of the hard courts at Vilas Club. When he talks
to Carla, his wife. Or when he tells Clarin, alone, what will come
in the second semester of 2004. This 22-year-old Magician, who is
becoming ever so mature, is not needing his magic wand to tell about
his sensations. He says them, he models them, he lives them all at
the same time.
- What's the state of your shoulder's injury?
- The pain is gone. I had a little bit of liquid when I did an
ecography in London. After that I trained in Venado Tuerto, and I
also did kinesiology three times a day. And it healed. Now I have a
little discomfort in the right let muscle, maybe because it's
overcharged, but it's ok. But I'm not serving. So I'll get to
Toronto almost without serving. But I want to have a good recovery,
because otherwise the tendinitis can stay forever. And also because
I want to get well to the Olympics and the US Open.
- You won't get injured in the Olympics, eh...
- No, no, no. That's why I wanted to stop this month. I had bad
luck with this injury, but I had thought of stopping and doing a
good training for two or three weeks in order to bear what it's
- Is the gold the main goal, or are you satisfied with any medal?
- I think everybody will seek the gold. I'm killing myself to get the
gold, but I know that there's Federer, Roddick, the other
countrymen. Nalbandian, Chela and Gaudio all have the same desire as
me. I hope we'll bring the medal home at either singles or doubles
because that would be fantastic. I still don't realize it, because
it's something i've dreamed of since I was a kid and was dying of my
wish to be there.
- You play well, then you stop because of injury. You play well
again, you stop again. żHow much does this situation perturb you?
- In this case I was stopping anyway. I got this pain because the
balls at the grass season were very heavy, and I was coming charged
from Roland Garros and that screw me. Maybe if I had stopped in
Holland nothing of this would have happened. But I kept playing to
improve. And I'm fine with this situation because the stone was
because of lack of water, vitamins. I haven't done my studies yet,
but the other injuries were because of the same reason. The
abdominal sprain was due to a change in my serve and when I came
back, I also got injured. But the reasons for the injuries I had
were not really related to bad training.
- Do all these injury stops alter your objectives?
- No. Last year, after the US Open, I thought the world was falling
down and that it would be very difficult to come back. I came back
during the indoor season and I won my first tournament. That also
depends on the results that you obtain in the first tournaments you
play. But if you had a stone like I had, and you halt for a while,
when you come back to compete your chances are lower. Now, for
instance, my shoulder allows me do do physical exercise, shoot from
below, it lets me train. So things change. And every time I go to a
tournament, I go to win.
- Given the last results of the Legion (argentine players),
it's clear that Argentina is today the first power on clay. And
that, on the other side, Federer seems unbeatable. They're two
realities. Do you agree?
- Yes. In the clay court swing there's always at least one
argentine in the final. It's great. We saw this in an incredible
Roland Garros. There there were no excuses because everybody was
there. Maybe the best Spaniards don't go to a small ATP tourney. But
everybody went to Paris, and to Montecarlo and the Masters Series as
well. And there's always an Argentine among the best. And in the
coming years they'll be even better. Federer? He's already almost
better than Sampras, because now he also wins on clay. I played him
in Hamburg and if one isn't 100% physically or ready to hold his
huge right-hand shots and serves, it becomes very difficult to
- It's been a bit more than a month since the Roland Garros final.
One supposes that you're cooler and you thought about everything
that happened there. What is your balance? What did you learn?
- The balance is very positive and it helped me a lot reaching
another final two weeks later. It was a very difficult moment, it
hurt a lot, because I had trained for three months like never
before. Never in my life I had drunk so much water as in that time,
followed the diet rigorously, stayed concentrated. And I withstood
everything that was said, like that I was the candidate. I rented a
flat, I did everything right, but I didn't happen. It wasn't my
Roland Garros and if I didn't win it's because it wasn't for me. In
the future, if I have the chance to win there, I'll value it three
times as much than if I had won this year. If I had stayed lying in
the bed or come back to Argentina, I would have never gotten up. The
best way to shake out the anger was playing, although to be sincere,
the first two days were very hard. But I had excellent persons by mi
side, lime my family, and Carla's. I received two hundred e-mails.
And that made me realize that, although I didn't win the tournament,
I did the right things. And when that happens and you just don't
win, you have to be relaxed.
- It's been little time since Gabriel Markus became your trainer
and maybe you still can't make a balance. But what surprised you
- It's what I expected. We talk quite a lot. Maybe not the first
day at Wimbledon, because I saw him the same day I played. But when
my match was halted due to the rain we started to chat and then when
I won, yes. He explained to me his way of working, I talked about
what I wanted to improve and my plans. We agreed about many things.
I like him a lot. Look, he had several players and resisted quite a
few time because of his personality. When a match or training
session ends is like we're not together all the time. And that helps
to keep the relationship from deteriorating. That's very positive.
Because everybody thinks: why do they change trainers so often? It's
not easy to travel all the year with a person. You have to look for
a solution and Gaby (NOTE: Markus) knows a lot. He talked to me very
assuredly and he was right in the things he said. I found him to be
excellent on the court, because he tells you everything at the right
moment. The tactic was right and that's what matters. It's the
trainer I wanted to have.
* Anything for River
Coria is a River fan. How did he live the semifinal of the Cup
against Boca? (NOTE: the "Cup" is the Libertadores cup, the main
south-american club tournament. Boca defeated archirival River by
penalties in the semifinals). "Through the Internet; I went to bed
at 5 am. The next day I had to play Clement, the frenchman, but
luckily it rained and I didn't play"...
* The day Bono huged him
With respect to Coria's fame and trascendence, it's enough to
listen to this story that happened to him after winning Montecarlo.
There Bono (the leader of Irish musical group U2, one of the most
important on the planet) approached him . And this is what
happened. "We went to a bar to celebrate and after a while he
appeared. He huged me, congratulated me and told me that he had seen
me play on TV. I didn't understand his english very much and didn't
know what to do. Carla told me c'mon Guille, tell him something. We
took a photo together and he wished me good luck".