More embedded reporting by a FDer, this time from Romana, who is volunteering at the Legg Mason tourney. Her thoughts so far:
- Of note, doubles player Nenad Zimonjic was VERY pleasant to converse with. He has a great attitude and really enjoys being around his fans and just enjoying it.
- Del Potro and Youhzny both rotated hitting partners like crazy! They seemed to be constantly on court and DelPo is looking much stronger than last year when he won. Youhzny will forever be known as Racket-Head to me because of his infamous 'racket-to-the-head' bleeder on YouTube but he was always very composed on court.
- Robredo is another one that was always on court -- one practice with shirt on, one practice with shirt off. He really came to life even more when a camera was angled at him, it was pretty cool to see. Oh, and his white watch is amazing -- I just am not sure which brand, but it's HOT. He practiced with both Zimonjic and Ginepri, and Berdych.
- Gulbis's hair is a very hairy situation so don't even get me started there. It totally takes away from his sex-appeal ... SAD :(
- Tsonga practiced with fellow Frenchman and up-and-comer Jo Ouanna and the fans loved it. As he was leaving the practice court, I told him very sweetly 'Good Luck!' Not only did he stop and turn his focus to me, but he replied back with a nice "Thanks!" and then continued to the locker room.
- The men this year, so far, have been exceptionally pleasant with fans and although they get mobbed for autographs, they are so interactive and receptive to all of us.
Romana has taken a load of pictures. Feel free to take a look here. And check back this week for more of her updates!