Thanks very much everyone for the very warm welcome
Ferrero is an awesome player, and yeah it's hard to deny he is pretty hot (though I think Juan Monaco is equally good looking). But yeah it's his personality that does it for me. I live in Melbourne, so I get to go to the Aus Open every year. In 2006 I got my first real opportunity to meet him when Hernych withdrew against him after 10 mins. So I asked him for a photo, and he said yes and continued talking with me for about 5 mins, and he was just lovely.
Then this years aus open was unbelievable. I saw him so often, and got another 4 photos with him (I only asked for one though, but it was great because during his autograph session i lined up purely so i can take more photos because my camera reset itself and I lost my photos of him from that day, and because I was dressed up in the Spanish colours, they asked me to go round the back. I had no idea what that was for, but I went, and they arranged a private meeting and photo session with him and about 6 others. He was just so nice, chatting with us, and he kissed all the girls on the cheek and shook the guys hands, so it was wayyy better than i expected). But the best part of the AO this year was watching his practice sessions, because he jokes around so much. At one practice he was trying to pack up, and he tried to hit balls into a bucket on the other side of the court. Naturally he kept missing, didn't get one in. So I said to him 'for a former number one, you're not very good (while laughing)' and he's like 'i'll use my hands, then I'll get them in'. Needless to say he was even worse using his hands, and he turned around to me and said 'i'm no good
' and we both cracked up laughing. And during another practice with Monaco, they were playing a point and JC hit a winner, and then he stuck his hands up and said to the crowd 'isn't anyone gonna clap' and I think everyone thought he was arrogant, but I clapped and he started laughing and was like 'thanks, at least someone likes me'.
I've got so many stories with players, but I'll stop there for now.Most of the ATP is so nice, not just Ferrero. Tennis players rock.