sreda, 03. junij 2009
Yes, former number one tennis player Carlos Moya was and still is the most popular tennis player in tennis tournament Umag. Why – that goes way back to the beginning of Umag tournament.
Carlos Moya turned proffesional in 1995. Just at the beginning of his career he got the Wild Card for Umag tournament. Unfortunatelly in first match he lost to Albert Berasateguij, but he was playing so great, that the director of Umag tournament predicted his way to success and said to him, that he will be one of the best players in the world. Later they became good friends, Moya was coming back in Umag at good and bad times - year after year. And prediction of Slavko Rabsberger came true – in 1999 Moya became the first Spanish player, who took the number one position in ATP. Of course, he also won Umag tournament – not once, he made it five times (till nowadays – first one in 1996, then three times in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and last one in 2007).
Umag tournament has some special energy, which made this tournament one of the most popular (smaller ones) at ATP tour. Players like it very much and people like it too. Really it is small tournament – the stadium except around 4000 people, but it is usually full all days of the tournament (not only at semi final or final). But if it is not totally full through the day, when the Carlos Moya´s match begins the seats are taken. I like Spanish players a lot, till few years ago Moya was not my favourite one – but when you are in Umag and if you love a real meaning of tennis play, it is really hard not to fall in love with him (not literaly). In the court you can feel his connection with people in Umag – and no matter who is standing against him (even if it is Croatian) the heart of stadium is with Moya. I think other players must have dilemmas – thinking that all people on court will be cheering for Moya, but on the other side they almost say that it is worth to lose the match in Umag against Moya – just to feel that special atmosfer in Umag………….
I AM INVITING YOU TO FEEL IT TOO , THIS YEAR - CROATIA OPEN UMAG 2009 July 29 – August, 2 2009.