Irina's Eyes: 12 Bedrooms, 4 Living Rooms

The practice court, the match court... the residence of the Peruvian Ambassador? It's all in a day's work...

Published August 01, 2012 12:00

WASHINGTON DC, USA - American rising star Irina Falconi brings us the latest edition of her regular WTA Blog, Irina's Eyes, from Washington DC.

Irina Falconi

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Did ya'll know I speak fluent Spanish?

I'm listening to Juanes right now. For those of you that don't know the artist---he is AWESOME! Pretty upbeat, dance like music. If you haven't heard him, I'd recommend him... "Otra noche" is a great song. Just saying.

Anywhoozer!!! Let's see, we've got Tuesday to cover. For the record, I'm currently writing this on Wednesday so mind the whole past tense grammar. Ya'll feel me?

Alright, so yesterday was another good day. Got to sleep in a little bit from the solid night before, which is always good times. World Team Tennis helped me with my sleeping patterns. I would go to sleep at like 1am every night, and wake up for lunch. Good times.

Tuesday was another good day. We were second on after 4.... Which then turned into 5:15 on a completely different court. Why? Because the skies fell on Washington DC yesterday. Talk about timing. Check this out.

We set up a warmup for our doubles match at 3:30... At around 3:20 we walked on the court and you could see something brewing up there. Now, Jeff, this guy wears a lot of hats. His father in law is a weatherman so he somehow got that gene (not really but he learned quickly) on how to tell what the weather is going to be like.

And just like that, right when we got on court, Jeff goes "It looks like it's going to be coming down in a few minutes. Don't take your racquets out just yet." Chani and I couldn't handle not taking our racquets out whilst on court, so we resorted to have a mini tennis battle. After about two points, lightning stroke (it's not striked is it... hmm, that sounds much better...hmm.) Jeff told us to leave the court and the second we opened the door to the dining hall, the skies opened and it started pouring.

You know how in Florida it pours for about one to five minutes and then you're good? Oh no, this was a different kind of pour. It was straight up for forty five minutes straight. It was consistent the entire time, and it was really awesome to watch from inside.

Once it stopped, I was thinking it would be at least two hours before they would get the courts ready for play---and I was right on the money. Holla. They set up a completely new court for us and told us not before 5:15, but we hit our first ball at 6.


Talk about a weird scoreline? 0-6, 6-1, 10-1. I don't really have words for that because it's never happened before but it was good to get a win. First doubles WTA semi so that's always fun times.

Right after the match, we headed straight to our designated car. Oh yeah. Talk about special service! Nah, I'm totally kidding. Reason why we had a car was because we had a special commitment to go and meet the ambassador of Peru. Yeah, duh, I mean, why wouldn't you do that? Yup.

We got in the car, headed to the hotel, got all dolled/glammed up, headed to our car, and drove to the residence. Oh yeah, talk about a gated mansion with the 12 bedrooms, the four living rooms, and like a 25 person dinner table. No joke.

The food was absolutely amazing! We had authentic Peruvian food such as "Aji de gallina," "ceviche," and "solteritos."

After food we shook hands, kissed babies, and took pictures. It was great. The tour of the house was awesome. Once done, I looked at our tour guide and said "Sounds great. We'll take it!" They thought I was joking, but I seriously would have considered it...

Singles today with a chance of rain.


Oh and PS. Send me questions peeps! I'll answer away! :-)


Irina's DC Blog: Tuesday 

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