Sep 18, 2009

Delpomania hit Tandil, newly-crowned US Open champ's homecoming

Every celebration should end with an explosive climax... and Tandil was the biggest, most close to heart venue to celebrate the victory of Juan Martin del Potro.

The newly-crowned US Open champion was greeted by 40,000 people in his hometown of Tandil yesterday!

The US Open champ was paraded through the streets on a fire engine and gave a speech thanking his fans for their support.

Here are some interesting facts about del Potro:
  • He switched to tennis after growing up playing football, rugby union and basketball.
  • He always wanted to play against others three or four years older—and he’d win.
  • The 6-feet-6 Del Potro is known at home as the “Tower of Tandil.”
  • Growing up, his friends called him “Midget” and described his long, thin legs as “little sticks.”
  • The president of the club where he used to play tennis said del Potro is a great goalscorer in football. The president said, if del Potro had stayed with soccer, he’d be a Maradona or Pele."
  • His father Daniel is a veterinarian and mother Patricia a literature teacher.
  • He gave his 18-year-old sister Julieta a luxury car he won last year in a tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.
(Images by Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

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