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Random Thoughts and Random Thanks in Regard to Madrid

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Thank you Madrid Nightlife! Too many spots to name but I had a blast patronizing the following establishments:

Casa Mateo in Calle del Angel- Say “Hello” to Juan!

La Mala Fama (in English it means “The Bad Reputation”) Calle Segovia 22. The club dates back to the 16th century! Tell Felix and Pilar that they have the best bar in Madrid.

A big “Thank You” to my new friends who gave me the real tours of Madrid.

España, clap, clap, clap, España, clap, clap, clap”

I will forever remember the Spanish fans rocking the bullring with their cheers and songs! I keep hearing the chant in my head “España, clap, clap, clap, España, clap, clap clap!” I don’t think that I’ll ever encounter a Davis Cup atmosphere like that again. Although people tell me that Davis Cup ties in Buenos Aires are very close in fan fervor.

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Thank you Patrick McEnroe! The “thumbs” up that Patrick McEnroe always gives the Netheads after the first cheer. I know that Patrick appreciates them. Some Netheads travel thousands of miles just to see the USA team play.

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The randomness of the water bottle policy. Each day of the tie had a different policy for bringing in “outside” water into the Plaza de Toros. Day one-I brought in a small plastic bottle of water in my hand without any problems.

Day Two- I tried to bring in the same small bottle of water that I had brought in the day before and this time it was taken because “bottle caps” were not allowed into the stadium.

Day Three-I brought in the same bottle of water without a cap on it, the cap was in my pocket and I had no problems.

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Tennisheads are great people! I met many “on-line tennis friends” for the first time in person in Madrid mostly from TalkAboutTennis.com and PeterBodostennisworld.com. Yes this is a shameless promotion for both sites. It felt like a family reunion among tennis fans.

España, clap, clap, clap, España, clap, clap, clap”

My European Spanish may not be as bad as I thought. People did understand me and thought I was from Mexico. I always make a point to learn the basics of a language where I will be visiting. It’s just common courtesy. Of course we’ve heard the joke “What do you call a person who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call a person who speaks one language? An American.” Sad but mostly unfortunately true. We live in a “Global Village” and the need for everyone to speak more than on language is essential.

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I must have an “international” face. In every country that I have visited in my life since I was a teenager, I have always had someone ask me for directions. This was also true in Madrid where someone asked me where “Sol” as in Puerta Del Sol was located. Of course I asked them if they spoke English and what do you know, they were from Texas.

España, clap, clap, clap, España, clap, clap, clap”

Despite a few “rowdy” spectators in the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, people were very nice. Making the attempt to speak Spanish probably helped me in making friends. I can’t tell you how many times Spanish fans asked me to pose for pictures with the Netheads.


España, clap, clap, clap, España, clap, clap, clap”

Thank you Sam Querrey. You did not let playing your first Davis Cup match against “Numero Uno” on his favorite surface in his home country totally intimidate you. You gave a great effort. Just like many Americans need to learn a second language, American male tennis players need to learn how to play on clay!

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Thank you Mardy Fish for stepping in to replace Bob Bryan and a week before your wedding. What a man.

España, clap, clap, clap, España, clap, clap, clap”

Thank you Rafa Nadal! You truly love to play for your country and to play the game in general and it shows! You are a great sport and great for the sport. No one will ever know how difficult it was for me to cheer against you in Madrid, but I am an American first.

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If you have time to see only one museum in Madrid- see the Prado!

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A funny thing happened inside the Madrid airport….every 15 minutes an announcement repeats on the PA system in both Spanish and English that “by law” smoking areas are available for use, yet there are no boarding announcements made for all of the various flights. So I guess knowing where to smoke is more important than knowing when your flight is getting ready to leave.

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España, clap, clap, clap, España, clap, clap, clap”

New York City check out Madrid’s metro system. It’s much cleaner! Also riders can open the door for themselves at the stops. I would not imitate that in New York City, now that WOULD be dangerous.

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Double standards in cheering. When American fans cheered, Spanish fans whistled in disapproval, but no one whistled at the fans that constantly yelled during play and applauded faults and double faults. Never in my life have I ever applauded a double fault and I never will.

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Madrid-an “All World” city. Parts of Madrid reminded me of Paris, other parts reminded me of Rome and most of the city had a uniqueness all its own.

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Thank you Andy Roddick. You never fail to play Davis Cup for your country.

España, clap, clap, clap, España, clap, clap, clap”


Thank you USA Davis Cup team! The quest for the cup continues next year! See you against Switzerland in March 2009 somewhere in the USA!


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  1. elisat's Avatar
    Gvgirl, I will print this for Juan and Felix, I am sure they will be very pleased :-)
  2. Scotty's Avatar
    Sounds like you had a great time! TATeurs make wonderful hosts.