Hi there girls!
I will tell you about my first experience seeing Marat play live! ^_^
I went to the exhibition on Thursday and Saturday with my boyfriend. We got the tickets quite late, plus we were short of money (the tickets are quite expensive) so we got seats on high lines, and in an awkward angle respect the court. But I got to see Marat live!! He was THERE!! I was used to watching him on TV, and now there he was, in the same space that I was!! He moved, waved, run, laughed and played, and all seemed so realistic, because there was no screen in the middle! LMAO I know I sound so stupid, but I guess you all felt the same the 1st time you saw him live
He came out to the court first and I clapped my hands and made my best fangirl scream. The lady next to me jumped in her chair as she turned back to watch me
You had to see the happiness in my face!!
Then the match started and I tried to take some pics but, far as I was, with my crappy camera, I could not make much. I think they're not even worth posting here; however, I will post them on twitter as soon as I can. I don't mind if they're awful because I took them! and that means I was there!! aaaaah!!
I loved seeing Marat so relaxed and making comments and jokes as he played, in Spanish. The crowd laughed at this. He spoke to Nalbandian, and they chatted a bit while speaking. Some of the things I remember:
(Marat misses a shot)
Marat: No, no, no, no, no! (This is typical Marat, I know, but in my mother language it was priceless. It added to the feeling of having him so close).
(Nalbandian serves and Marat returns the ball and sends it out)
Marat: Don't throw it so strong!!
(Marat misses shot; the crowd cheers; Marat complains laughing)
Nalbandian: Well, you play as a visitor here (joking, laughing)
(Marat laughs and wins the next shot beautifully; the crowd cheers real loud)
Marat: You sure?
What I loved was seeing him really enjoy the game, joking, smiling, really having fun!! I saw him happy and that was the best!
When the match finished I run to the corridor where he was going to go out and elbowed my way to get a place in the small fence. We waited for a long time; my arms were almost totally numb. When Marat finally appeared, he took some time still inside the court to sign some autographs. I was waiting for him, but suddenly Nalbandian appeared and went out, and the fans near me stopped him for autographs. I didn't want because I already got his autograph (he signed my booklet on Thursday). All of a sudden Marat came out and passed straight past me and started signing some meters away; we called him but he didn't come back. He signed quite a lot of autographs in that place, and it was just a couple of meters away! but it was impossible to get there, it was too crowded. Finally he left.
So in the end I did not get his autograph. During the next match I wanted to cry, and I did drop a few tears. But then I remembered the excitement of seeing him there, and listening to him speaking my own language, laughing, saying "ay!" when he missed a shot, all that was priceless enough! I got to see him live and I must be thankful for that. I know it's probable that I never get to see him again, but I did...and I'm so happy for it!
So this was it! Thanks for reading!!