I must admit, I’m very excited about the return of Juan Martin del Potro to the ATP Tour!
The presence of the gentle giant has definitely been missed over the past year. It’s exciting to see him competing and doing well in the warm up tournament in Sydney, with a 3 set win over Fognini today, DelPo finds himself into the quarterfinals. This is his first tournament since last February and post wrist surgery.
Despite still admitting his wrist isn’t 100%, you just have to love this guys attitude…or at least I do! I love watching him compete and love the heart this guy plays with! Check out what he wrote last week on his Facebook page about this week’s tournament and the upcoming Aussie Open:
Hello everyone!!! I wanted to tell you that we decided to travel to play Sydney and the Australian Open. I missed the tour, I missed to compete, I missed interacting with you on court and those feelings outweigh the pain in the wrist, which comes and goes and prevented me from having the ideal pre-season training.
I don’t expect great results, I just want to feel the competition, I want to feel an active player once again, nearly a year after my last match. At this point I don’t care about the rankings. The situation is different. I take it as a reward for the effort that I put to come back.
The experience of my previous injury will help me so as not to be too anxious. I follow what my doctor Richard Berger says. I have to be patient.
As I wrote in a previous post, thanks for your support on my way back! You know that without your love, my will, the support of my team, my family and friends, this would not be possible.
See you in Australia!
How can you not be rooting for this guy?! Wishing DelPo all the best for the remainder in Sydney and can’t wait to see him back in action at the Aussie Open!
Play with heart,
Wimbledon is just around the corner (June 22) and here at Tennis Warehouse, we are getting in the mood by making picks on who’s going to be the last one standing. The office mates make 2 picks, their favorite and a dark horse. So, what’s at stake here? A trophy? Money? No, what’s a stake is more valuable than all of that, it is intangible and priceless: pride and office bragging rights. (Maybe a beer or two)
The rules are simple: pick 2 players, a favorite and a dark horse. The dark horse needs to be seeded out of the top 10. As I reveal each pick, I will share with you my thoughts on the player and give odds on them winning the championship. (Note: these odds are completely made up in my head; there is absolutely no scientific research behind this. Zip. Zero. None.)
Fav: Novak Djokovic. I think he has a damn good shot at winning. He has all the shots and he moves well. Plus, since it’s in England, heat shouldn’t be an issue. Odds: 8-1
DH: Mardy Fish. Made it to the QF at the Queens Club, so that’s a plus. But he gets minus points for beating my dark horse earlier this year. Odds: 93-1
Fav: Juan Martin Del Potro. A big man with a big game. He’s the youngest player in the top 10, so he’s got age on his side. Odds: 11-1
DH: Ivan Lubijic. The man speaks 3 languages: Croatian, Italian and English. Odds: 95-1
Fav: Andy Murray. Coming off a win at the Queens Club, this guy is hot. The switch to the Head Youtek Radical racquet might just give him the advantage he needs. Odds: 9-1
DH: Marin Cilic. He claims grass is one of his favorite surfaces, lucky for him, Wimbledon is on grass! Odds: 84-1
Fav: Rafael Nadal. Sure he has tendonitis in both knees, but after watching that epic Finals match in 2008, I’m not putting anything past him. He’s gotta be hungry after that French Open loss. Odds: 1-2 (Come on, he’s my pick, I had to give him the best odds)
DH: James Blake. OK, so I don’t really think he can win this, but he’s my favorite player. Big forehand, speed, shot making ability BUT so frustrating to watch. Odds: 90-1
Fav: Roger Federer. What grace, what elegance. Fred Astaire with a racquet. This guy’s not bad at tennis, huh? Odds: 4-1
DH: Tommy Robredo. Off to a great start in ’09 (32-11), but most of that was on clay. Let’s see what he can do on the lawn. Odds: 124-1
Next time, I’ll unveil the women’s picks. Here’s a small hint at my pick; it’s Venus Williams.