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Old 07-31-2009, 03:56 PM   #1651
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Yes, he's going today to WSH DC.

He's ok, but i don't expect something big in this tournament. He wants to be ready for the USO.

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Fernando González confiesa estar cansado al término de la temporada

SANTIAGO.- Está por terminar la temporada en el circuito ATP. WQuedan los últimos torneos y se cierran las chances para llegar al Masters de Londres que reúne a los 8 mejores tenistas del año.

El número 1 de Chile, Fernando González, tiene aún opciones, aunque remotas, pero podrá jugárselas en los próximos desafíos de Basilea (Suiza) y el Masters de Paris-Bercy (Francia).

"Este ha sido un buen año, ojalá pueda clasificar. Estoy tranquilo, pero un poco cansado, y trataré de dar todo lo que me queda para obtener un buen resultado", indicó.

El 11º del mundo estuvo este miércoles en el lanzamiento del Movistar Open de 2010 Chicureo, que se disputará entre el 1 y 7 de febrero, del cual dijo será "súper importante y motivante", por hacerlo una vez más en nuestro país.

"La gente debe valorar el único torneo ATP, como uno está acostumbrado a jugar en todo el mundo, tan lejos de su país, tener el torneo acá es súper importante y motivante a la vez".

González dio su opinión además sobre el buen desempeño de Nicolás Massú tras llegar a la final de la última Copa Petrobras en Santiago, y la decepcionante labor de Paul Capdeville.

"Nico tuvo una buena actuación y lo que te hace subir en el ranking es ganar. ¿Paul? Perdió en primera ronda, pero si uno juega 20 torneos al año puede pasar. No es tan terrible", sentenció.
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SANTIAGO DE CHILE -- El tenista chileno Fernando González afirmó este martes hoy que su gran objetivo es ganar un Grand Slam en la temporada 2010 y se abrió a la posibilidad de volver a jugar con el equipo de su país en la Copa Davis.


"Espero que (2010) sea el mejor año de mi carrera", manifestó el 'Bombardero de La Reina', que aseguró estar "muy bien" en lo físico", tras haber tenido algunos problemas de ese tipo en la temporada 2009, en la que pese a todo terminó en el puesto 11° del ránking de la ATP.



Sobre la meta de agregar un Grand Slam a su palmarés, el tenista señaló que "es lo único que me falta y me siento capacitado para llevarme alguno", dijo y anunció que en la próxima temporada privilegiará los torneos sobre tierra batida, "que es menos violenta para el cuerpo".



González habló con los periodistas mediante una videoconferencia desde Buenos Aires, con el objetivo de promocionar un partido de exhibición con el argentino Juan Martín del Potro, que tendrá lugar el próximo lunes en Santiago.



"Espero que sea una linda revancha y la gente lo disfrute", dijo González, en alusión a una exhibición anterior con el argentino, que perdió el pasado 2 de diciembre en la ciudad de Rosario.



Respecto de su eventual regreso a la Copa Davis, González, que dejó el equipo chileno a causa de un disgusto con los dirigentes de la Federación, señaló que "ojalá que esto se aclare, y que todo tenga una solución de verdad a largo plazo".



Agregó que antes, en todo caso, quiere hablar con la presidenta Michelle Bachelet, que hace un tiempo se ofreció para mediar entre el jugador y la Federación.



"Creo que la preocupación de la presidenta me parece valiosa y me encantaría que me escuchara", comento González.



El pasado septiembre Chile, sin su mejor jugador, derrotó a Austria y se mantuvo en el Grupo Mundial de la Copa Davis, en el que debe recibir a Israel el próximo marzo.
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González quiere duplicar presencia en arcilla por lesiones

El deseo confeso de Fernando González es jugar los Juegos Olímpicos de 2012. Y no lo quiere hacer de cualquier forma, pues su idea es llegar a la cita entreverado entre los mejores del mundo, tal como lo viene haciendo hace ya cuatro años. Las invitaciones, en su pensamiento, no existen.

Y si bien la mente está puesta en eso, el físico también manda. Conscientes de esa situación, el tenista y su cuerpo multidisciplinario trabajan en la forma de cumplir esa meta. O como bien lo asegura su técnico, Martín Rodríguez: "Si quiere durar más (en el circuito), debe cuidarse".

A diferencia de años anteriores para esta fecha, González aún no entrena en cancha, pues está enfocado en la recuperación kinésica. Recién este lunes, de hecho, iniciará el entrenamiento físico, antes de partir el 8 ó 9 de enero a Australia, donde hará su antesala de Melbourne en la exhibición del Kooyong Classic.

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Es por eso que el calendario 2010 se está diseñando con especial cuidado, apuntando a generar pausas más extensas y, ahora, cuidando el tipo de superficie en que se desempeñará.

Su calendario ideal de 2009, por ejemplo, contemplaba un total de 23 torneos, de los cuales sólo alcanzó a jugar 17. Y si bien la próxima temporada es más o menos similar en números (20 ó 21), es muy distinta en la elección del piso.

De esta forma, se adelanta que el "Bombardero" aumentará hasta en el doble su presencia en arcilla, pues este año jugó apenas cuatro y su objetivo ahora es disputar ocho o nueve certámenes en esa pista.

Por primera vez, además, podría hasta igualar la cantidad de torneos en cemento y polvo de ladrillo, ya que en estos momentos anota en piso duro nueve competencias, sin contar los indoor de Basilea y París-Bercy.

El propio González ha reconocido que no sólo los buenos resultados en arcilla lo han llevado a decidirse por un cambio (este año hizo semifinales en Roland Garros, Barcelona y Roma y ganó en Viña del Mar; además, ocho de sus 11 títulos los ha conseguido sobre esa superficie), sino que la principal razón es que la tierra batida "castiga menos el cuerpo".

Dudas sobre su calendario hay pocas. Una de ellas es iniciar la estación de arcilla en Montecarlo o Barcelona (con una semana de diferencia). La otra es jugar siete días antes de Hamburgo el ATP 250 de Stuttgart, algo que dependerá de cómo salga de sus batallas en el pasto de Queen's y Wimbledon. Copa Davis, por ahora, no aparece en su horizonte.

En el año de la dosificación, el mejor tenista chileno apunta a cuidarse más para no llegar dañado y disminuido a su objetivo de largo alcance: lograr su cuarta medalla en unos Juegos Olímpicos. La mente, hasta ahora, le gana al físico.
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Fernando González confirmó su regreso al equipo de Copa Davis

El tenista anunció su decisión tras reunirse con la Presidenta Michelle Bachelet en La Moneda.

SANTIAGO.- Tras reunirse por cerca de media hora con la Presidenta de la República Michelle Bachelet, Fernando González anunció su decisión de retornar al equipo chileno de Copa Davis.

Tras el encuentro efectuado en el palacio de La Moneda, el deportista dijo sentirse contento. "Mi posición fue escuchada; que llegue a la máxima autoridad del país y esta tenga conciencia y se haya comprometido a hacer algo al respecto, me deja muy satisfecho y contento de poder volver al equipo de Copa Davis", dijo.

El número 11° del ranking ATP agregó que: "Hubo una crisis en el tenis que va a ser en beneficio del deporte, pero yo más allá no puedo llegar. Fueron bien recibidos mis argumentos por la Presidenta y se hará todo lo posible por mejorar la dirigencia y que los deportistas tengamos más voz y voto".

"Mano de Piedra" agregó que los conflictos van mucho más allá del ámbito del tenis. "Hubo una crisis en el tenis y después me di cuenta mirando hacia el lado que los demás deportes están sufriendo lo mismo, y la gran diferencia es que ellos no pueden opinar. No tienen voz, no tienen voto; yo no tengo voto, pero sí tengo voz", argumentó.

Añadió que "me sentí con la responsabilidad de buscar lo mejor para el deporte chileno, y por eso es que vuelvo a la Copa Davis, que en verdad estoy absolutamente dispuesto a cooperar dentro y fuera de la cancha".

"Vuelvo por el bien del deporte chileno, porque cada crisis otorga una oportunidad. Espero que esto sirva para el bien de nuestro deporte", cerró González.

Cabe recordar que el deportista había renunciado al equipo nacional el 4 de mayo de 2009, debido a "diferencias irreconciliables" con el presidente de la federación de tenis, José Hinzpeter. Una decisión que lo hizo marginarse del duelo copero ante Austria, que los nacionales ganaron en septiembre pasado en Rancagua.

La última arista del caso ocurrió el 2 de noviembre, cuando Michelle Bachelet sorprendió ofreciéndose como mediadora en el conflicto. Una intervención que tuvo un rápido efecto.

Una mesa de trabajo para los deportistas

Luego del encuentro junto al tenista Fernando González, la Presidenta Michelle Bachelet anunció una mesa de trabajo por "el desarrollo del deporte nacional".

"La idea es juntar a todos los deportistas, sus federaciones y el gobierno, para ir buscando la forma de encontrar respuesta a una serie de problemas y déficits. Y yo diría, más bien la forma de mejorar el deporte chileno", dijo.

La mandataria agradeció la visita del tenista. "Quiero agradecer a Fernando González, quien es un amigo de la casa, que haya tenido la confianza para venir a compartir con nosotros una serie de planteamientos que han sido muy bien tomados en cuenta".

Además, la autoridad agregó que "es muy importante que repongamos el debate deportivo, pero en ese debate tienen que tener un rol central los deportistas. Ellos deben ser siempre los protagonistas", destacó.
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Former World No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez reached the 2007 Australian Open final.

Fernando Gonzalez's high-octane game is at odds with his down-to-earth, off-court demeanour. It's an unusual, but successful mix.

It's the debate of choice among Chile's growing legion of tennis fans: Who is the best Chilean player of all time: Marcelo Rios or Fernando Gonzalez? While that argument shows no sign of abating, there is no doubt that Gonzalez stands alone as the country's favourite tennis son.

"Once he started doing so well this year the debate started again," says Benjamin Witte, sports editor of the Santiago Times. "It is tough to beat Rios as he got to No. 1, but the people, the sports fans, really want Gonzalez up at the top."

Nicolas Pereira, former ATP player and current ESPN tennis commentator, knows why: "He (Gonzalez) is good to the public; he is hard working and very modest. The people can identify with him," Pereira says. "I think that Chileans are grateful to have a tennis star that is very down to earth. He is a great ambassador."

"Both Fernando and Marcelo have been great for Chilean tennis," says Chilean Patricio Apey, a former coach of Gonzalez's. "We are such a small country and to have two players like them can only help the younger generations."

Ask almost anyone on the ATP World Tour about Fernando Gonzalez and the first thing they will mention is the quality of his character. The second thing that they reference is the quantity of his forehand.

"My impression of Gonzo was that he was very genuine. What you saw on and off court was the real guy," says Paul Settles, former ATP World Tour tour manager. "He had the respect of his peers in the locker room, and not just by the South Americans or Spanish speaking players. His appeal crossed international borders. And his forehand will remain one of the most feared weapons in modern day tennis."

Whoever said that tennis is not a contact sport has never stood in the line of fire of a Fernando Gonzalez forehand. It is a weapon that commands respect and demands that it be approached with extreme caution. Easily recognised by the mother of all backswings - a windmill wind-up that packs a heavy bullet load - it is considered one of the best forehands the game has ever seen. Armed with that lethal weapon, Gonzalez burst onto the scene back in 2000.



Fernando Gonzalez and coach Raul Viver are having dinner at the Olive Garden restaurant in Orlando, Florida. With an ATP ranking of 352, Gonzalez is sure that he will not get into the qualies of the US Clay Court Championships. Viver is now on the phone requesting a wild card.

"They told me that the wild cards are only for Americans," Viver remembers. "I told them that this kid is really good, he could actually win the tournament." Gonzalez must have been listening to his coach, because win it he did, all the way from the last player accepted into the qualifying rounds.

"In qualifying and getting to the final, Gonzo looked like he'd been there a hundred times before," says Settles. "But in the final, I remember Gonzo being very nervous before the match. Of course, after he had blasted a few ballistic forehands, he settled down and played nearly flawlessly. Just after the final, several of us were aware that we had witnessed something special; that this guy wasn't going to be some one-hit wonder.”

To date, Gonzalez has 12 ATP World Tour titles, three Olympic medals, dozens of Davis Cup match wins and, along the way, has inspired thousands of kids in Chile.

"He (Gonzalez) is a major superstar in South America and he handles it very well," says former coach Larry Stefanki. "Fernando is a very generous person with his time and charity work in Chile. He is extremely grounded as a person and loves spending time with under-privileged kids."

In 2007, when a powerful earthquake rocked the northern Chilean town of Tocopilla, more than 15,000 people were left homeless. In response, Gonzalez created the Tennis Cup for the Children of the Home of Christ, plus an exhibition with fellow professionals that raised money for the charity. He also makes a donation to the home after each match he wins on the ATP World Tour.

Gonzalez is playing the best tennis of his career, and it could not have come at a better time. He is marching through the field at Roland Garros and today has a date in the semi-finals with Robin Soderling. While Wimbledon might be considered the most prestigious of tennis tournaments, for a Latino, Roland Garros is the crown jewel.

The shock is as sudden as it is surprising: Gonzalez is down two sets to love against Soderling. "Honestly, I was very surprised. Never did I think that he could be losing," says Martin Rodriguez, Gonzalez's coach. "He looked turned off, no reaction. Nada. After the second set I had little hope."

Then in typical Gonzalez style, he launched a furious comeback. Bold in his shot selection and relentless in his pursuit of victory, Gonzalez fought back to level the match at two sets all. Destiny seemed to be on his side when he went up a break, four games to one in the fifth. His life-long dream of playing for the Roland Garros title was about to come true.

Magnus Norman, Soderling's coach, was not ready to concede the match, even though everyone else in Court Philippe Chatrier had given up Soderling for dead.

"I started shouting at Robin to attack his shots," Norman says. "To go for it." Soderling obeyed Norman's command. And it worked.

Soon after, Gonzalez is found hunched over in disbelief in the men's locker room. Still sweating and with red clay embedded in his shorts, socks and shoes, lingering proof of the tragic battle that he just lost. Did he stumble or was he stopped?



"I felt extremely disappointed for Fernando in his defeat to Soderling," says Stefanki. "I communicated to him that Soderling started going for winners and there was not much you can do about that type of high-risk tennis. It was a big moment for him but he will have more opportunities in the future."

"It was a grand deception," says Rodriguez. "It was painful for all of us, but nobody was more sad than Fernando. He felt that he could have gone further."

Gonzalez is eight years old and there is a television crew filming him playing tennis at La Reina Club in Santiago del Chile. "Early on my dad encouraged me and pushed me hard," says Gonzalez. "And together we worked very hard."

"I first saw Fernando play when he was eight years old," recalls former coach Apey. "I immediately saw a talent that, in my opinion, could take him to the top of the game one day. What he had in his hands was almost magical."

In addition to his talent, Gonzalez succeeds in large part due to his work ethic. "Each time I walk on the court for practice, I try to improve something," says Gonzalez. "One has to work, and my style demands that I have to have good fitness."



Whatever the topic, almost all conversations about Gonzalez eventually lead to his forehand. So what makes it so special? "The moment I first hit with Fernando I could not believe how hard he hit his forehand," says former coach Viver. "The power and acceleration was really awesome, but we worked a lot on consistency and on opening angles and changing speeds and heights."

"Very early on he had a very big backswing, but his acceleration was fast enough to handle it," remembers Apey. "And after lots and lots of practise he really developed it into the weapon it is today."

"What makes Fernando special as a tennis player is his ability to hit his forehand offensively from anywhere on the tennis court," says Stefanki. "He has a top two or three forehand on tour and I think he has the best low forehand in the game. The forehand gets scary good. But his backhand is a good shot and not a weakness as people think. That is why he has stayed in the Top 10 for the past few years. I am a big Fernando fan and it is disappointing for him not to win a Slam yet. [He reached the 2007 Australian Open final, losing to Roger Federer.] I am proud to have coached him for two and a half years."

"I think he is a great example for every kid and not only Latinos," remarks Ramon Delgado of Paraguay. "Fernando has a great personality, good behavior on the court and is a great competitor."

Should Fernando Gonzalez never win another tennis match, all those who have come in contact with him over his career would forgive him. For them, Fernando Gonzalez the man will always be a winner.

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Thanks for posting that Eden. Nice article and nice to see him get some recogntion
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Nice article, Eden, thanks for sharing!
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Why I love Melbourne - Fernando Gonzalez

I am so happy to be back in Melbourne. It’s one of my favourite cities and it seems like even though we are a long way from everywhere, everyone is at home here.

I have had great results at the Australian Open, like when I made the final in 2007 and I’m lucky that I feel at home on the court as well as off the court.

I have been here since 9th January so I am settled in. I am staying at one of the player hotels in the city and I have had a chance to go to some of my favourite places here. I went to the zoo and the aquarium and I had a great time at both of those places. I visited it two years ago before the tournament but that time we didn’t see that much. This time I got really close to the koalas and the kangeroos and it was amazing – we didn’t get to hold the koalas, though, because they were all asleep. I think they do that a lot.

The aquarium was fun, too. My favourite part was the King penguins and I surprised how fast they could swim. They look kind of funny but they are pretty quick through the water. I like to walk around Melbourne because it’s very safe and very nice to look around and you can be in the city and in ten minutes you are at the beach, which I love. St Kilda is great and I went to Luna Park, which has a very old rollercoaster. It was a bit bumpy!

As well as sightseeing and lots of practice and working in the gym, I have been going to some really great restaurants, which is always a good thing to do here. When you are competing you always eat a lot of Italian food because you need to eat a lot of carbohydrates and there are some good Italian places to go in Chapel Street. I like Japanese food too and Chapel Street has a few places that I have tried. I’ve been coming here for about 10 years now so I have a few favourites.

Of course I feel very comfortable on the court, because whenever you have had good results somewhere it helps. I always got really good support here because there are loads of Chileans and they make it a fantastic atmosphere to play in. I met the Chilean ambassador a couple of years ago and he told me that there are only 8,000 Chileans here and I think nearly all of them come to the tennis. Their best chant is ‘Chi, Chi, Chi, le, le, le’ and I love it when I hear that. You can hear almost everything that people shout and it really inspires you.

The fans make the Australian Open great. As well as the Chileans, there are the Dutch, the Swedish, the Croatians, the Serbians and loads of other tennis fans from all over the world. Of course the Chileans are the best, and I hope that I can give them a lot to cheer about in my next match. They are going to be pretty excited.
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Great articles! Thanks for posting Eden and Fergie

Fergie, where did you find that article?
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aww, lovely article! Thanks for posting!
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Fergie, where did you find that article?
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