The Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis is host to the Argentina Open, the women’s tournament that runs until Sunday, November 7 and that returned after 34 years. Many of the participants set foot on the national territory for the first time and told Ole your sensations. Messi, roast, mate, dulce de leche, people and landscapes, are some of the topics mentioned by those who were gathered for the WTA contest in a part of the world that, for most, was unknown.
“I’ve never seen photos or anything. I was just studying it in geography.”, starts the Andorran world number 1 Junior, Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva. “But I’m loving it,” added who was eliminated in the second round against the Hungarian Anna Bondar. “I haven’t eaten bad yet. The entrails are great, I’m hallucinating … “, he told Ole and it quickly became a famous phrase.
The Andorran number 1 junior in the world (photo @ArgentinaOpen)
By the way, take the opportunity to tell your story as an athlete in a country that has 70,000 inhabitants: “If I’m honest, there is no tennis there. It is a snow country and there is only one indoor court (brick dust).There is a federation, players, but the truth is that it could be much better “, reveals who is at the top of the ITF junior list at 16 years old.
But … How and what did he do to get to that place? “Listen to my father, train a lot and win “, The person said that he got up at 6 to train and then go to school for ten hours. “It has been a sacrifice that I made from a very young age, now tennis is my job, my life”.
In addition, Jimenez Kasintseva says that, despite not considering herself a soccer fan, she crossed the border to see the then idol of the Barcelona, Lionel Messi, of whom he took good memories: “I like Messi a lot, when I went to see him at Barsa he impressed me a lot”.
In the same way, the one that understands a little of Argentine customs is the American Kaitlyn Christian. “They have a very rich dulce de leche, the people are very good and it is a very beautiful country”Said the doubles player in the stands of court 2 of Lawn Tennis, on her first visit to the country and that she takes advantage of the clay court tournament to vary the surface (not very common in the USA). He remembers the special taste of national bakeries (weakness for croissants) but he does not like mate. “The roast is awesome”, he describes, and his wish is to know Patagonia.
The dulce de leche, super approved
But above all, the number 53 in the world in the modality of couples, surprised by being aware of the most popular sport for these payments: “I know they have two very good teams: Boca and River.” And between the two of them, he assured that he keeps the Millo …
Christiane, the only American who attended the Argentina Open (photo @ArgentinaOpen)
The first thing that came to mind in China Xiaodi You when Ole asked about Argentina was the word ‘soccer’. AND He not only mentioned La Pulga but also remembered Diego Maradona. “Mate?” She thinks aloud, puzzled. ‘Ah, the tea …’, says who finished associating the object with the meaning thanks to the fact that visualized an image of Messi with the thermos under his arm. “I’m very happy to come, the people are very good, and the food and the courts, too,” closed the 268th in the world of 25 years, who lost in the second round to the Georgian Ekaterine Gorgodze.
The Chinese tennis player remembered Maradona and Messi (photo @ArgentinaOpen)
Finally, it was the turn of the Greek Despina Papamichail, just the executioner of the Argentine Lourdes Carlé and Solana Sierra, to whom he attributed very special characteristics: “Argentines are very fighters. They don’t have many tournaments and that I think gives them the most desire to win”. Unlike the others, he leans more towards basketball and named Luis Scola.And in what is her second visit to the country, the 199th in the ranking counted her tastes in greater detail: “I love the asado, the entraña, the chorizo steak, everything. I also speak Spanish, so I feel at home. “
Despina Papamichail, the executioner of the Argentine women (photo @ArgentinaOpen)
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‘Messi, roast, mate and dulce de leche’