"LeBron asked his bodyguards to take a picture with me," said...
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Juan Martin Del Potro said that NBA legend LeBron James, at the end of the 2009 US Open final won by the Argentinian against Roger Federer, asked him to take a picture together. Del Potro said: "After the ceremony and the tournament dinner, I remember Justin Timberlake calling me and inviting me to a private party.
All of Hollywood was there: singers, actors, famous people, but suddenly the most important thing was me. I have an imprinted image of Lebron James asking security guards for permission to take a picture with me." Del Potro also revealed that as a child his favorite sport was soccer: "The priority when I was a child was always football, I played tennis just to pass the time.
I think it was more boring for me, at the end of each training session you had to collect all the balls, or when they sent you to play with the wall. This whole perception changed for me when I got on a plane to Brazil to play a South American tournament." Juan Martin Del Potro's tearful announcement a few weeks ago that he had decided to stop playing tennis, due to those damned physical problems that have plagued him throughout his career, was a blow to everyone.
those who have never stopped dreaming that The Tower of Tandil would be able to undermine the dominance of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, the absolute rulers of the last twenty years of this sport. Too much pain, too much effort to continue treading the fields for Delpo, almost a pain.
The Argentine tennis player had announced that he would end his career in Rio de Janeiro, but the resounding defeat suffered by fellow countryman Federico Delbonis in the first round of the Buenos Aires home tournament prompted Del Potro not to participate in the Brazilian tournament.
In recent days, the former number three has not ruled out a sudden return to the field in the style of Andy Murray, but for the moment this possibility remains rather unlikely. The Argentine tennis player recalled the golden times in an interview with Mariano Zabaleta on Star Plus Latin America, as quoted by Punto de Break, citing a curious anecdote about the 2009 US Open final.
Rafael Nadal will play the Barcelona ATP 500
Rafael Nadal will participate in the ATP 500 in Barcelona. The ruler of this start of the season has also decided to take part in the home tournament and the announcement came directly from the organizers of the Spanish tournament on social media.
The 21-time slam champion is reigning champion of the Barcelona tournament, which has become his home over the years, given the 12 titles won and the 66 victories out of 70 obtained in previous editions (only Corretja, Almagro, Fognini and Corretja again were able to to stop the Majorcan's race in the Spanish tournament) and will also be committed to defending the title of defending champion in 2022.
The ATP 500 in Barcelona will kick off on April 16 with qualifiers and end on April 24. And the presence of this Nadal in the final on Sunday 24th is anything but impossible. The 35-year-old Spaniard started the season splendid once more with all the skeptics who spoke of the waning phase of Nadal's career.
After a 2021 without slam titles and the many injuries, including Covid, which had removed the Spanish tennis player from the fields in the last part of the previous season and made us think that he would not return to the same levels, Nadal has started 2022 with a series of successes consecutive incredible, topped off by the prestigious triumphs at the 250 tournament in Melbourne at the beginning of the year, at the Australian Open in the epic final comeback against Daniil Medvedev down by two sets and in the ATP 500 in Acapulco against Norrie.
The Majorcan tennis player is still undefeated in 2022, having obtained 16 successes on as many matches that have earned him, as mentioned, 3 tournaments. The conquest of the first slam of the year in Australia also allowed him to reach 21 career slams and remove a title from Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The state of exceptional form demonstrated in the latest outings and the simultaneous absence of Djokovic (for his decision not to get vaccinated) and Federer (for the physical problems that have tormented him for a year now) from the next slam tournaments could allow the Manacor champion to extend his streak again.