Thursday, November 20, 2008

Follow up to tennis post...

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Omg my mom told me the most horrifying story! One of the teachers in the school, tr Zainab, went to the Mandarin Oriental for the Blake workshop, and while she was there she hung around with the kids who were waiting for roger to appear. They waited and waited and waited for him to appear so they could get autographs/pictures, but when he did come, it was the VIPs and family of VIPs who were allowed to get autographs and pictures. So as he was leaving, Tr. Zainab yelled out to him, to Roger, that these children have been waiting forever to meet you and yet the VIP's who didn't wait at all were the ones who got to!? And she yelled this across the room! Roger then slowly turned around to see who the heck was yelling at him, then beckoned her to come. She did and then took a picture with him. I find this too funny but at the same time, horrifying! But for those who know Tr. Zainab, you know that that's just her way!

Later on roger was leaving the hotel and was in the car but the driver didn't appear yet, and there were security guards blocking people from approaching the car. Somehow, tr Zainab managed to get through the blockade and marched up to the car, knocked on the window, pointed at a poster of roger and motioned for him to sign it! He rolled down the window and did just that, but I'm thinking he's probably terrified of this fierce lady lol!

 

Just watched the Macau matches, missed the one between Borg and McEnroe, but then caught the rest. Found myself a bit jealous of the Macau people. The players were more in the mood, I guess KL warmed them up. Federer interacted with the crowd more, as did Blake. One funny moment in the doubles match was when McEnroe slammed down his racquet, then Blake copied him, and Federer pretended to as well! And then another time Federer imitated McEnroe wiping off his forehead with his arms…ahhh I love tennis….

 

Roger was a real champion with the crowds. While McEnroe couldn't wait to get back to the locker room, Federer stayed back and signed tons of autographs for the hordes of fans, Blake did his bit too, but lets face it, its roger they really want. Unlike in KL, this time sweatbands (all players) and even shirts (McEnroe's and Blake's) were thrown into the stands…


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Tennis Is Addictive said...

hey. dont rule out James Blake lah. hes quite good with his powerful strokes game :p. dat guy has quite a tennis history u know.. But best gila showdown of champions! tottaly hav to agree! Insane Awesomeness Stuff ever to happen in Malaysia.

hcfoo said...

Oh that lady is coach Omer Syed's mom! Hehehe! We talked to her while waiting for Roger and the rest of the players. She has waited for the chance to get a personal photo with Roger since last year.

shockresistant7 said...

Oh I'm not ruling james blake out at all, i love him to bits! what gave you that impression? I'm just saying that the crowds were really into roger a lot more, after all, he's the more famous/successful one. but i love them both.

hcfoo, yeah, she is! And I know for a fact that she proudly displays that photo on her desk at school lol! Age certainly did not dampen her enthusiastic approach to life! Interesting profile pic btw...

Tennis is Addictive said...

okay. my bad my bad. hey is dat coach and iranian of pakistani ? i think my last coach was Coach Syed dat lives in Damansara ? he is an iranian. bukan yeh ? haha sorry lah if salah org. I envy dat lady . Such a fan or roger .. and i dint get those Tennis balls with signature. so not lucky.. :(

shockresistant7 said...

well the lady and her son are originally from india but have stayed in singapore for a long time, if i recall. i didn't get the ones from the match but i went to the autograph signing session where he signed a ball for me, so i'm happy enough

Tennis is Addictive said...

OWh yeah . hes the guy who is quite near on becoming a professional tennis player . yea yea . heard of him . he coaches some of malaysian juniors .. owh mak die kat gombak eh. nice!. is dat the balls frm the fake roger or the real roger :p . now i envy you... haha

P.S. said...

Amazing, Tr Zainab rocks!! Did those poor kids get his autograph though?

shockresistant7 said...

i'm not sure if they did...

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