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Old 01-02-2006, 08:46 PM   #331
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And he isn't ... Nico said that the didn't play a whole match for 2 months and needs more confidence in his game, but he is working hard
Oh that's so good because I was really worried about him. Glad that he's okay.
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About Davis Cup from latercera.cl:

Taking advantage of the joint, Hans Gildemeister met with three of the four players that integrate the Chilean Davis Cup team. In practice as a group that developed Nicolas Massú, Fernando González and Adrián Garcia, the national captain shared and defined various aspects of the preparation with sights al matches of the first round of the World Group, set against Slovakia.

In the meeting, the three players compromised to initiate the preparation for Davis Cup barely they finish their participation in Vina del Mar.

The practice developed in the Club Providence and was the last one that carried out the tennis players in Chile, before initiating the tour by Oceania. With regard to the competence with Slovakia, Gonzalez is calm, "we have a great team, I do not have any doubt that we are going to win", said González in the airport, before travelling to New Zealand.

For Massú the Cup Davis and Australia they are priority, so much for which they signify for Chile as for its position in the ATP, for which will put the maximum effort in both.
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Old 01-07-2006, 01:00 PM   #333
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There's a new promotional poster from TVN for the Davis Cup matches against Slovakia.

No comment except I wish Fernando all the best luck in beating Slovakia all by himself. Hope he does better than he did all by himself against Russia.

Here's the pictures of the poster:

http://www.terra.cl/megagalerias/inf...dsmg=10945&f=1
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Lady Carlita sent me the translation of an article from a Netherlands tennis magazine from right after the Olympics.

He isn't kidding about how he plays depends on how he feels. I've seen it in action, and I want to lock him in a room with Andre who has said that it doesn't matter how you feel when you get on court, you just have to play through it (and he plays that way and obviously has the results).

A huge gracias to Lady Carlita!

Nicolas Massu’s new fame

At the Athens Olympic Games the 25-year-old Chilean, nicknamed “El Vampiro”, came to never dreamed of fame. The new people’s hero won the Singles title and, with Fernando Gonzalez, the doubles title. An interview with a “piece of temperament”. (basically means a "passionate guy").

How did you experience the Olympics?

That was great. First of all the moment I won 2 gold medals and then the grand reception in Chile with President Lagos. There were thousands of people who were shouting my name and that of my friend (and doublespartner) Fernando Gonzalez. Tons of confetti were thrown at us and we got presents from everywhere.

Chile had to wait 80 years for an Olympic medal. Are you a hero of the people now?

The Olympics have drastically changed my life. I suddenly became known worldwide. After the reception in Chile I couldnt leave my hotelroom without a bodyguard. Eversince then the Chilean press has also started writing about our private lives. Chile is only a small country with a few celebrities. At some moments I’d like to be less famous again.

Have you become the new sexsymbol now too with all those female fans?

A sexsymbol also has to win because a loser is not attractive. This also goes for the Chilean press. When you win you’re the big hero, but when you lose they call you a "loser". In between doesn’t count here.

Most profis from Chile are clay court specialists. You can also perform on other surfaces?

You have seen that in Athens where we played on hardcourt. You can make the most money on fast courts and because of that we practice more and more on hardcourt and carpet.

Do you believe that the sucesses in Athens will cause a “tennisboom”?

I hope so! The gold medals in Athens and the World Team Cup win in Dusseldorf are steps in the right direction. If us Chileans would have chances anywhere, it would be in tennis. Tennis has always been the 2nd sport, behind soccer/football, and that is not about to change very soon.

Can anyone play tennis in Chile or is it an elite sport?

Tennis is mostly played by those who are “better off”. Luckily the tennisfederation is helping those talents who don’t have any money. We are after all not a poor country. If you want to become really good you do have to go abroad. I am very happy that my parents supported me financially so I could travel to the tournaments abroad.

How did you get in touch with tennis?

My parents play tennis and they took me along with them every weekend. I liked the sport and started play more and more. My grandad was the biggest inspiration to me. He was the one who taught my brother Jorge and me how to play.

You made much money playing tennis. What luxeries do you permit yourself?

I recently ordered a very beautiful Mercedes. And I have bought myself a very unique house. I don’t need more luxery. I’d prefer a nice and quiet life, and do a lot to achieve that.

Money and fame can cause a lot of jealousy. Do you notice that around you?

To be honest, no. Almost everything I do, I do for my country. That’s not a reason for people to be jealous. Besides that, I try to help others as much as possible.

Where are most of your friends? On the tour?

No, my best friends are at home in Chile. That’s why I always look forward to going back home to my family after tournamenst. My best friends on the Tour are: Fernando Gonzalez, Marcelo Rios, Luis Horna and a couple of Argentinians and Spaniards.

You mentioned Marcelo Rios. What does he do now?

After some sport problems and his divorce he decided to quit professional tennis. At the moment he’s doing a farewell tour through South-America, and what he will do after that, he doesn’t know yet himself.

What is your opinion about “you” and your personality?

I am very impulsive, though not as much as Marcelo Rios. When I feel good, everything will go well on court, but when I’ve gotten it into my head that I don’t feel good, you can forget about the tennis. I lost to Calleri in Lyon this year without even competing. I didn’t like the court and wanted to leave as soon as possible.

You’re a good example of a multi cultural tennisplayer. Why’s that?

My mother is a Jewish Chilean and my father an Arab from Palestina. An amazing mixture that holds pretty well. It’s not something I think about really. I don’t follow the conflict between Israel and Palestina because I’m neither a Jew or Muslim.

What do you do in your spare time?

I visit my friends and we go out together. Also I often go to see footballmatches or I go swimming. Unfortunately I don’t have much spare time. Now the season has ended I’ll go on holiday to Mexico. In 2005 I will start at the Australian Open. Because of my ranking I can permit myself to only play the more important tournaments.

What are your expectations for the next season?

First of all I want to be happy. Then I would like to improve my tennis without looking at my ranking too much. Of course I would love to be number one in the world, but my first goal would be a solid place in the top ten. The gold medals are more important to me than de number one spot. I won them for my country and written historie that way. That means an awful lot to me!

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Thanks so much Lady Carlita!!! What a great interview with Nico!
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Old 01-18-2006, 12:09 PM   #337
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Our Nico is home - but not for long, because then he's traveling to Buenos Aires to practice.

From latercera.cl:

Nicolas Massú already left behind the fall in the first round of the Australia Open. The national player in fact arrived yesterday al country and wait that soon itself him comiencen to give the results.

"I know that sooner or later I am going to play well. I was near in Auckland (arrived at the quarterfinals) to do somewhat important and when I played I gave all in the court". Massú has thought to travel to Buenos Aires to continue with the practices now in clay, surface in which will have the next challenges. The last match in this surface disputed it at the end of September of 2005.
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Buena Suerte Nico!!! to kick butt at the LA swing!!
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Very nice of the entire Massu family to support this!

During the day diverse events will be carry out as for example the exhibitions of professionals like Adrián Garcia and Phillip Harboe; clinics of tennis for children of scarce resources, promoted by the city Hall of German Village and the family Massú; chats of Nano Zuleta oriented the parents and players; delivery of a prize to the path to Nicolas Massú.

An intense sports day will live itself the next one 21 and 22, 28 and 29 of January and 4 and 5 of February, in the Academy of Tennis of Leonardo “Nano” Zuleta, situated on the way The Corner, Condominium Corner of the Sun, Peńablanca, V Region.

In those dates will develop the Doggis Cup Tennis 2006 that integrates greater and smaller players, and whose objective is to recover the levels of participants of long ago, so that the competitive tennis be massive and serve as base of support of the future development of the Chilean tennis.

In this way, will participate all the family of the tennis in its different categories: Professional RUN (Ranking Unique National), which will be conformed by competitors located since the position number 25 al 60 and whose prize is of $700.000, Honor Seniors (males 1Ş, 2Ş, 3Ş, 4Ş), 4Ş Senior (males), Senior Ladies, 3Ş Novices and Smaller 10-12-14-16 years.

On the other hand, during the day diverse events will be carry out as for example the exhibitions of professionals like Adrián Garcia and Phillip Harboe; clinics of tennis for children of scarce resources, promoted by the city Hall of German Village and the family Massú; chats of Nano Zuleta oriented the parents and players; delivery of a prize to the path to Nicolas Massú,; exhibition games of Estéfano Massú; a Master of journalists of the V Region and a master one of journalists of Santiago and fame.

For Zuleta is very important that these initiatives be supported.
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Not liking that there isn't any Nico news....me misses him.

Of course I hope that means that he's practicing practicing practicing for Vina.

And there's not even gossip - thought for sure with him and Fernando home, and out and about, that there would be something.

He talked about going to Buenos Aires to practice but he had the clinic this weekend. So hopefully he left tonight or will leave tomorrow.
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Massu is in Buenos Aires since wednesday and he'll come back to Chile on Friday.
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Massu is in Buenos Aires since wednesday and he'll come back to Chile on Friday.
Gracias!

I looked everywhere for info - where did you see it?

And hope our Nico is having fun with the Argentine models.
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I looked everywhere for info - where did you see it?

And hope our Nico is having fun with the Argentine models.
In La Tercera in an article about Fernando at the end it says that Massu is in Buenos Aires.

http://www.latercera.cl/medio/articu...1,00.html?rL=s

but not with Rossana cause she is in Chile now, I saw her in a tv show.
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In La Tercera in an article about Fernando at the end it says that Massu is in Buenos Aires.

http://www.latercera.cl/medio/articu...1,00.html?rL=s

but not with Rossana cause she is in Chile now, I saw her in a tv show.
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He keeps denying their together so who knows what's going on.
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Good morning all!

NicoFan I thought that you'd be great as part of Nico's team for all your knowledge in tennis and that you'd take care of him but saying that about having fun with argentine models.... mmmm.... You don't have my vote now for beign in his team at all!!! You'd make him even more spoiled than he already is ha ha!!
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