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SATURDAY

I slept only five hours last night, I was getting all my pictures ready for the players to sign if I got lucky and saw them. I woke up, got all ready, had all my food, and Mom and me left.
So we arrive, we go around in the boutiques and get all those awful freebies (they’re awful because my Mom insists on going back as many times as possible without being recognized…) then we went to buy tickets for Center Court (my tickets didn’t get us there, but we really wanted to see Grosjean play, so we got cheap tickets)
I bought the book, which is nice as always… I went off to see the practice courts. I saw Djokovic getting there – he took his shirt off as he got there, don’t even know why he bothered to bring one… Chela was practicing with his coach. It was nice to notice how players ‘warm up’. They start slow and increase the pace as they go along… Chela and his coach had such long rallies – they probably only missed twice in ten minutes. I met a girl from work, which was awkward, because I was taking pictures of shirtless Djokovic, but anyways.
I went off to see who else was there. I got to a heavenly spot: in front of me was Melzer practicing with Bjorkman, Aspelin practicing with Knowle, and Nieminen practicing with an American I don’t know. I quite enjoyed watching Simon and Julian warm up – Simon has such a big forehand. Julian has two-handed volleys, which seem awkward but are very effective – they’re fast, low, and don’t bounce much. They proceeded to hit second serves and returns… I was shocked when Knowle said, “OK, I’ll start serving first serves now” because I was sure their second serves were first serves! They were so fast!! I stayed there for an hour watching these players practice, and as they left I got out a collage I had made of them. Julian looks at a picture of Simon serving and says, “Who’s that guy?” with a chuckle. Simon was intrigued and started to laugh when he saw the pictures. Julian signed it once, and then Simon signed too – he was asking Julian were one of the pictures was taken (Auckland, he said) and then before leaving Julian signed it again!! I was laughing… and he complemented the pictures and left J
Then I was chasing Bjorkman – which isn’t easy with flipflops on – and he also liked the collage. He took his time to sign, which made me feel good… he was very kind to me.
Nieminen had already gone when I returned to the courts – and what do I hear but Brad Gilbert and Andy Murray. The first thing I heard Brad say was the F word… talking about weather or something. Murray was practicing with Juan Martin Del Potro, who is just so impressive to see in person… massive!
Then Dancevic came around, and he was bending over right beside me… and I was like, still in shock, I guess – at all these players. There was a camera crew filming him. He was playing against Radek Stepanek – and he was getting frustrated, it seemed to me.
I went to Center Court to see the end of Duclos – Lopez. Duclos just got on a roll – he started being aggressive, coming to the net, fist pumping… really amazing. Lopez seemed a bit out of it, but he was just being beaten – not beating himself.
Then we went to see Blake practicing with Ginepri… but I was more interested in Clement and Baghdatis practicing nearby. They were speaking French to each other, kind of surprising me. These two are really intense and fun to watch practice. I chased down Clement to get him to sign for me – it was a picture of him and Llodra after winning Wimbledon – and I was so like, awe-struck! I managed to congratulate him for the doubles victory, but it sounded really shy – as it was. But he was very humble and nice J
Canas and Gonzalez were practicing, as were Nadal and Hewitt – there were so many people watching these two it was crazy! I felt bad for Ljubicic and Moya nearby with only like two old people watching them.
Some guy told me they were done soon, so I waited in line to get an autograph, and Hewitt left nearly a half-hour later and didn’t sign any, and Nadal came an hour after that. And when he came the hundreds there went WILD. I was afraid not to get one after all that waiting. It was awkward as he was sitting in a cart, but I managed to push my way through (which is hard, considering all the little kids and stuff)
Then I watched the end of Nishikori-Gabashvili. Kei was just out of it after that first set. His serve went away, and, to be honest, I thought he was a bad returner. Gabashvili had no trouble taking advantage off the return, even on second serves. The cart guy wouldn’t slow down, so Kei didn’t sign for me… oh well, he’s young :p
I forget exactly what I did after – I returned to the practice courts to see Jarkko Nieminen practicing his serve. Jamie Murray was also practicing to a rather large crowd, and his brother arrived later. Tursunov practiced with Melzer, and signed for anyone who asked – he even said “You’re welcome” to everyone who said thanks. Jarkko took the time to do each autograph correctly – he was really sweet.
Jarkko threw a ball over the alleyway to try and hit Dmitry, but missed by a bit. Dmitry retaliated by throwing the ball high in the air – really strong – and missed Jarkko by inches. It was so funny!!
Mikhail Youzhny was also there practicing, and signed for me too. Gonzalez and Soderling signed as they walked on by. I was like, just, awe-struck. They’re all such big guys.
All the players were really nice to me, and to everyone, really. It was a nice atmosphere out there today. I finished off my day by watching Grosjean smoke King on Center Court. There were some nice rallies in this match, but Grosjean came out on top most of the time. We did the boutiques another time and went home early.
Can’t wait to go back tomorrow and hopefully watch more matches than I did today – today I really autograph hunted and watched practices. They just make it look SO easy.
 

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Thanks for the report :wavey: By the way, Baghdatis speaks perfect French. His coach is French and he spent many years in that country, where he learned to play tennis! Are you going back tomorrow?
 

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I'm going back every day except SF, F and Monday because of rain :)
 

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Oh, and I forgot to add that Frank looked tired when he was signing and he looked at my collage like, "Huh?" but then he had to look at something else he was signing :lol:
 

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Nice, lengthy report! Sounds like you got a bajillion autographs - I'm so jealous :lol:

Have fun if you're going again :wavey:
 

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Nice, lengthy report! Sounds like you got a bajillion autographs - I'm so jealous :lol:

Have fun if you're going again :wavey:
I know, I'm autograph whore :eek:
I'm going every day until Friday <3 :D
Except Monday - forecasting rain.
 

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I know, I'm autograph whore :eek:
I'm going every day until Friday <3 :D
Except Monday - forecasting rain.
Deep down, we're all autograph whores.. Some of us just haven't exited the closet yet :p
 

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Deep down, we're all autograph whores.. Some of us just haven't exited the closet yet :p
Yeah, but, I guess I'm doing something right, the players are really nice to me. :)
And they know I know who they are because I printed pics out of them, so I guess they don't feel used :p

Aspelin & Knowle were so sweet though :) :inlove:
 

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Yeah, but, I guess I'm doing something right, the players are really nice to me. :)
And they know I know who they are because I printed pics out of them, so I guess they don't feel used :p

Aspelin & Knowle were so sweet though :) :inlove:
Yeah, good on you - they know you're not one of those people who just randomly ask for the players' autographs without knowing who they are :lol: :hatoff:
 

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Thanks for the report :cool: I'm looking forward to the pictures!

And :lol: @ the girl from work. I know how you feel :lol:
 

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:lol: I have outgrown that stage, but I used to be a big one too :haha:
So you're one of those reformed ones.. Soon you'll be giving public lectures and going on college tours :hatoff:
 

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So you're one of those reformed ones.. Soon you'll be giving public lectures and going on college tours :hatoff:
Once players started to become younger than I am, I felt too old :lol: I stick with pictures now :D Sometimes I get pictures signed, though, but only if I am a fan of the player.
 

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Once players started to become younger than I am, I felt too old :lol: I stick with pictures now :D Sometimes I get pictures signed, though, but only if I am a fan of the player.
I feel like a paedophile already :sad:
 

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:lol: I missed out being on that video by like, seconds.
And I waited longer than that guy :eek::p
Report for today coming later :wave:
 

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SUNDAY

So we got there and got our free center court tickets. We did the boutiques again, and then we headed onto center court for Llodra and Robin Haase.
As we were going there, players were coming out of the lounge to go practice, and I see Aspelin and Knowle on a cart. Knowle sees me and waves, and nods his head, and I was like “oh my god he remembers me!” and said hi back. I’m still kind of surprised!
It was a battle of big servers. Llodra came to net often enough, and well, there weren’t many long points. After Llodra blew set point, he was just out of it – he smacked a few balls into the net in frustration. I left at the conclusion of the set, to see if any players were practicing that I wanted to watch.
There was Davydenko with Canas which had quite a few spectators, and Safin was practicing and there were TONS of people, almost as many as Nadal. Safin broke a racquet during his practice which caused a lot of laughter in the crowd. There were too many people for me to get a clear view of him, though, so I left. I did quite enjoy watching them for a bit though, they have such nice technique, all of them.
I watched Max Mirnyi practice with Lee for an hour – it was fun to watch them go up to the net and play out points. It was quite competitive. And they both have really good serves – Max’s especially!! A bomb! I’m still shocked about how big a man Max is. He even has huge hands and feet!
Ferrer was practicing shirtless on the other court, causing many women to watch him without knowing who he was.
Haas was practicing with Blake when I left to go get Max’s autograph. Haas took his shirt off moments into the court. The fans started to come watch him, too, they probably knew who he was more than Ferrer. Some smart ones watched both with good positioning between the courts. Anyways, I was off to see Max. Some fans were taking pictures with him, which was no fair, that was my idea, only no one could take the picture for me. He signed for me and his thumb touched my hand! :p Very important detail. I’m still working up the guts to have my photo taken with a player.
I believe I went to see Ianni play Grosjean after. It was a good match, that first set! So close. The crowd was of course backing Grosjean, and Ianni was sick of it. On set point a cheer had erupted, and Ianni was mimicking us! It was so cute. He just lost it in the second set, although the games and points were close. Grosjean got everything back with interest.
I went around again – I saw nothing that really interesting to me. I guess I was just stretching my legs. A bunch of fans were around this one court, like, insane amount of people. The way it is at the site is that X X | X | where X is a court and | is a passageway to watch. But the first alley is so small – it was packed, you couldn’t go through it to see other courts! Roger Federer was playing. All was explained by seeing that written! I think Murray was practicing with Baghdatis at this time, it may have been earlier on.
I went to watch Bjorkman and Stepanek, the marquee match for me, a big fan of Jonas. It started off shaky for Jonas, getting broken, but the next games were really nice. Competitive rallies, Jonas coming to net, good serves, and all. The crowd wasn’t into it, so my few and far between “Let’s go Bjorkman!” cries seemed random. I really love how Bjorkman’s ball stays low over the net all the time, I kept thinking it would go in the net. He has such nice technique. Radek hits hard and constant though, and moves well.
In the second set, he was so close, yet so far. When he lost, he looked so disappointed; I was disappointed for him too… I left to go see him up close, and took a photo of him. He seemed so sad… But I was glad to see him play and really love his style of play.
Next, I saw Nestor and Knowles for a bit, practicing on a court all isolated from the rest of the world. I look forward to seeing them in match play (or practicing again J) I saw Ancic hitting a bit (had trouble recognizing the guy!) with Jarkko Nieminen.
Roger was coming off his practice court, people were getting aggressive. Roger didn't look too happy, in fact I don't know if he signed many autographs at all... But I didn't really deserve one, I just showed up when he was leaving :p
Then I went to see the other marquee match – Gonzalez & Ljubicic against Blake & Jamie Murray. It was so good at first, so many nice rallies, nice volleys. Blake really is useless in doubles. Poor Jamie had to do everything! I mean, James had his moments, but Jamie had to take all the smashes. There was one point were Blake was standing there in front of a lob and Jamie ran over to smash it. And then another were Blake said “You” for the lob, and then he said it again when another lob came back, and then it came right at him and he said “me” as if he had no choice. Thankfully he didn’t miss it!! But really, James made a lot of mistakes, or at least more than Jamie, in this match.
Fernando and Ivan didn’t say much to each other, but they were an efficient team. Fernando has the ability to do whatever he wants with the ball without you knowing. Jamie and James had no idea where his volleys would go! Fernando made a lot of winning shots, all the while Ivan was constant. This idiot behind me said at the end, “Fernando won this match for the two of them.” But I couldn’t disagree more. I think Fernando came up with winners when needed, but Ivan was always there and barely made a mistake in the match! I was really impressed by this team =)
The crowd was really into this match, the stands were full, there were cheers everywhere. Whoever said doubles isn’t popular is surely wrong. The match tiebreak had everyone on the edge of their seats!
I ran to get Ivan’s autograph as I am now a converted fan of his, and he didn’t see me and I was too nervous to say an audible “Ivan, please sign for me!!” Finally there was way too many people blocking the entrance so they exited on the other side of the court. I had to run in my flipflops again to get to him and I was all out of breath when I asked him. He was really nice to me =)
We finished off the day by watching Clement and Bester. Bester made too many mistakes, but he hits well and hard and aggressively! Taking Clement to a tiebreaker is surely good, you know? Arnaud’s a good player. Anyways, the crowd was into it, or what was left of it anyways.
It was a nice day. So autographs from Max, Lee, and Ivan. I can’t wait to go back – depending on the rain, I don’t know when… hopefully the weather will change for tomorrow.
I still can't get over Julian Knowle recognized me - I'll have to cheer extra hard in their 2R match :p
 

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thanks :) I'll keep them coming ;):)
Pics later, though, like a week after:p
 
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