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Career Firsts

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  Since last week, a few career firsts have been reached, and two of them were pretty uncommon, as they happened to veterans.

Copa Claro (Wrap-Up) – Great Fi...

Copa Claro (Wrap-Up) – Great Finals, Great Tournament

The Copa Claro finished yesterday with the crowning of three Spaniards: David Marrero/Fernando Verdasco in doubles, and David Ferrer in singles, on the clay of the BALTC. Both finals gave us phenomenal tennis and crowned what has been a fantastic week of tennis in the Argentine capital.

Copa Claro – Logical Final

Copa Claro – Logical Final

If there have been surprises during the early rounds of the Copa Claro, the identity of the two finalists is not surprising at all, as the no 1 and no 2 seeds will face on the Central of the BALTC at 4PM local time. From the star-studded filed of the beginning of the week, only […]

Copa Claro – For The Last Time ...

Copa Claro – For The Last Time (On Clay), Feña

It was an emotional Friday night on the Centre Court of the BALTC, as not only did one of the most loved athletes of Argentina, Gabriela Sabatini, received her golden ring from the Tennis Hall of Fame (she has been inducted in 2006 and this was yet another distinction), but this special presentation was also […]

Goodbye, Chucho!

Goodbye, Chucho!

In the wake of the 2012 Copa Claro, Argentine tennis player José “Chucho” Acasuso met with the press on Thursday to officially announce his retirement from professional tennis.   If the 29-year-old’s announcement didn’t come as a surprise to anyone, it was nevertheless a very emotional moment for all of those present in the fully […]

Copa Claro – (Re)Discovering Gi...

Copa Claro – (Re)Discovering Gilles Simon

To me, he was and had always been a defensive player, not very prone to play aggressive tennis. However, since last fall but most particularly since the beginning of this season, Frenchman Gilles Simon has brought a lot of improvement to his game and is now a much more offensive player, as I’ve been able […]

Copa Claro – The Support Of The...

Copa Claro – The Support Of The Crowd

“Gracias por el apoyo.” (Thanks for the support.) Often we hear the players saying this to the fans and public at the end of a match, and if we see (and hear) it well when we watch a match, this is nothing to what I was able to witness since the beginning of the tournament, […]

Copa Claro – From The Last Matc...

Copa Claro – From The Last Match To The First Win

If Sunday, at the Copa Claro, marked the last match of Juan Pablo Brzezicki’s career, Monday was just as special for another Argentine player, but on the reverse side, as Facundo Bagnis won his first career ATP match,  a 5-7 6-4 6-2 win over another talented young Argentine, Lenoardo Mayer.

Copa Claro – So Long, Juampi (A...

Copa Claro – So Long, Juampi (And Other Tidbits From The Qualifications)

The second day of qualification action at the Copa Claro started under the rain, which caused the postponing of the beginning of the day to noon instead of 11 AM. The rain also came to visit us for a bit during the afternoon. On a personal front, this caused me to look like a lobster, […]

Copa Claro – Living The Qualifi...

Copa Claro – Living The Qualifications A Full

The Copa Claro started today, with the first round of qualifications, and to be honest, I had to make a lot of very difficult choices. As much as I would have liked to watch full matches, it was sadly impossible because there were too many players I wanted to see. But I can say that […]

Getting Acquainted With Clay

Getting Acquainted With Clay

I’ve been in Argentina since Monday and if I took time to visit Buenos Aires a little, I had the agreeable surprise of a proposal from my friend Diego yesterday (my original plan was to visit Recoleta): meet up with him at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club (BALTC) and visit the grounds where the […]





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