|Sharapova vs Arn|
During the ASB Classic, I was mere inches away from players like Sharapova, Wickmayer, Goerges and Peng Shaui. I didn't know if I should say anything to the players but I had a sudden encounter with Masha when I nearly knocked her down the stairs (and she lost soon after our near collision). Maria didn't get peeved at me though and just smiled as she continued up the stairs to the player lounge. Oops!
|Sabine Lisicki playing Wickmayer|
I walked by Wickmayer so many times as she prepped for her matches - she looked so intense all the time that I didn't feel comfortable saying good luck or anything to her but we did lock eyes quite a few times. I actually met Yanina last year when she won in Auckland and she was pretty friendly but that was coming off her win and it was at the player's party so she would have had her guard down a bit more.
During the Heineken Open, I started to get more comfortable seeing the players and the head volunteer took a liking to me so she started giving me really good posts. I ended up working by the player lounge entrance right by the stairs the players use to go off and on the court. By this stage I'd felt a lot more daring to go up to the players so I became autograph collector:
|Nalby on his way to the locker room pre Isner|
David Nalbandian was also super sweet - he walked by me and said hi, and I hit him up after he won his semifinal for an autograph. He was really patient as I tried to find my pen - he was chomping on a muesli bar as I dug into my purse and then got his autograph. Such a lovely guy.
|Ferrer warming up for the final|
The player I never had the balls to approach was David Ferrer - not that he looked unapproachable but you had to be so quick and I wasn't about to chase the players to get an autograph.Well, I would have chased Pico around the grounds but unfortunately he lost too early so I didn't get a chance. I also wimped out with hot Fognini and super cute Marc Lopez - again the small windows of opportunity meant I had to act fast and sometimes I hated to pounce on them.
If you ever have the opportunity to work as a volunteer at any level of ATP/WTA tournament I urge you to go for it!