Friday, June 21, 2013

Fanboy

I will fly 6,000 miles for a chance to see the Swiss Miss, Martina Hingis this Wimbledon. I know it’s a long shot, especially since she is out of the professional tennis scene, but she usually plays the Legend’s Invitational during Grand Slams, so there’s still a small glimmer of hope. (The chance would have been bigger if she still coaches Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Too bad they had to part ways after the French Open).

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I have been a fan of Martina Hingis since 1996; followed her ups and downs, victories and defeats. Her play is now considered vintage. A decade after, I was able to see her play here in Japan (Toray Pan Pacific) where she out-smarted Maria Sharapova during the semis, but was demolished by Elena Dementieva for the title. I settled for the cheapest seat as I didn't have enough budget. Also, I didn’t have a DSLR back then so I content myself with grainy photos taken with my point and shoot camera.

After she stayed away from the tennis scene, news about her became very limited. I have to thank the Grand Slams for having a Legend’s Invitational event so I can still see her play. And I really hope that she will join this year, teaming up with Lindsay Davenport again, so that I can watch her (them) play.

I will never know when she will permanently hang her racket. I will never know when I can have another chance to see her play again. This is the best chance I have, to see her play again. I'll get the first ticket once the schedule is released.  I promise to be a good spectator.

I have one simple wish though – a photo with the Swiss Miss, Martina Hingis.

Just one.

You know, a fan boy can dream too.

/totomai
2013/06/21

16 comments:

  1. Nice shirt! Oi. Yung poster card ko, ah. HAHAHA.

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  2. I hope she plays, and that you get to see her. I followed Martina Hingis' career from the time she was 13 years old - Great player; great looker! When Martina more or less disappeared. I switched allegiance to Ana Ivanova, another with a definite 'Wow!' factor.

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    1. Oh maybe you mean Ana Ivanovic :-) Same here, I am not devoted to tennis after she quit. So thankful for the exhibitions haha

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  3. She might visit Japan someday so keep on dreaming :)

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    1. saw her once in Japan. and no, I dont think so. she already quit and is only doing invitational events

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  4. you are such a devoted and loyal fan, JOhn, hats off yo you! I saw martine play, too bad I also had point and shoot that time, and at night, my shots no good. :( hopefully, you get to realize your dream of seeing her and have a picture of her

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    1. saw her. but no photos with her. blog about wimbledon is up.

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  5. As loyal as you are one day you will have to let her go and get enthused about another player. However she would be proud of you I am sure.

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    1. i still do watch tennis but not that impressed with the new breeds

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  6. Incisive and smart. Well done.

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  7. I can relate to being a "fanboy". I went to Manila just to see Jason Mraz perform on stage. hahaha :D I didn't get a picture with him, though. Hope you can get one with Martina.

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    1. No. Wasn't able to have one. so near yet so far haha

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