Irina's Blog: Mega Awesome Player Party

American Irina Falconi, one of wtatennis.com's resident bloggers, writes to us from beautiful Bad Gastein this week. Today it's all about one of the tournament's greatest traditions...

Published July 09, 2014 12:13

Irina Falconi

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Just when I thought Bad Gastein couldn't get any better---yeah you guessed it, it got TOTALLY better!

Since it's July over here, the weather is not always going to be sunny at 25-30 degrees Celsius... So today we had a bit of rain... Quite a lot last night, which made it a little tricky for the courts situation, but we made do.

The thing about the rain here is that it's not the rain that is heavy and goes away after a few hours... This rain is just a spit. Imagine a person spitting at the ground... Now imagine this person is a five-year-old. That doesn't really know how to spit yet, doesn't have quite a lot of saliva to work with, but can still cause some damage if he does it enough and continuously.

So sure enough, there were a few delays before matches went on court. For those of you wondering, when courts are too wet that even warmups aren't an option, the supervisor will allow an extended warmup. The warmup before the match then goes from five minutes to 10. It may not seem like much, but to us, it's quite a lot.

On top of that, the weather dramatically changed from what felt like 40 degrees---to about 9.

Not to worry, thanks to my amazing sponsor, ASICS, I was prepared with some mountain therma-wear gear!

Now, as you all know, there are some legendary player parties that I'm sure you've read about, or seeing pictures of.

Well, today, I'm going to talk about the dirndl. Yes, the dirndl. No, it's not an autocorrect fail---that's the name for the traditional Austrian dress that is actually worn for more than one occasion---that is not Halloween.

So, since Bad Gastein knows how to do it up, they decided to host a mega awesome player party this year.

They started off with providing players free hair and makeup so we look like mega-awesome tennis players---but without the sweat.

Once that was taken care of, they decided to provide us with our own dirndl. Even though I felt like I couldn't breathe in this corset-like dress, it was truly an experience of a lifetime.

We got transportation up the mountain, literally ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP, where the ski lift has its end. We arrived to this beautiful old rustic cabin that is a major hangout spot for skiers during the winter months. Once we arrived, we did our photo pose shot, did a cheers with some champagne, and then sat by the fire in our wooden chair, by the wooden rocking chair, next to the wooden table.

Once we got situated, we had the four delicious dinner options, and a fabulous traditional Austrian dessert. And of course, who could forget the raffle, where the girl sitting NEXT to me won the prize... So close.

I know, I know, y'all thought we were going to go on the mountain tram today, but we figured that with the clouds everywhere, the pictures wouldn't be that great. But not to worry, there's always tomorrow!! :)

Much love,


P.S. Just got word I've been nominated for the WTA Player Council! Whooooo! Time to set up my campaign! :-D

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