Let’s go back to the early stages of January, during the frills of the Aussie summer of tennis, when the Kooyong Classic was taking place. We had a sit down with Nico Almagro and chatted about life on tour, animals and the best places in Melbourne to eat food.
Jeanni: So why did you choose to play here at Kooyong?
Nico: Well because I was playing many years in Auckland and last year I played Sydney. This year I was talking with my coach and we decided to play here because we are in Melbourne, really close to the courts so we can practice a little bit more. This year is a little bit different because I got married and I am here with my wife. This week is a little bit ‘off’ so we can do things.
J: That’s great. So you might know that Australia is the home to some of the most dangerous animals and insects. Have you got an animal that scares you?
N: Well [laughs] I am scared of many things but I didn’t see any animal around the courts so that’s the most important thing.
J: No kangaroos?
N: No. No kangaroos [smiles]
Trudi: There’s a few birds. I’m a little bit scared of pelicans.
T: [Laugh] They’re scary
J: It’s a long story
N: Ah, a long story
T: Let’s just say… they attacked me
N: Did you see the Hitchcock movie with the birds? (Flaps arms like wings)
J AND T: Yes!
J: Ok so none-
N: nothing for the moment, nothing for the moment
J: that’s good!
T: well we’ve got a few that if you, you know, saw them in real life may scare you.
J: What’s your favourite food?
N: I love the spanish food. All the spanish food. And the fries with eggs… Everything that you can’t eat because you’re a pro… I love it.
I don’t know why. You want the chocolate… you can’t have it.
J: Melbourne is really well known for the best food and coffee in Aus.
N: Yeah, I’m eating a lot at Nobu because we love Japanese food.
[I’ve been to] Rockpool in Crown. We are going to go to Movida.
J: aww that’s a good place.
T: they do really good corn.
N: Yeah, first time there and we want to do it
J: So do you and the other Spanish players on tour ever hang around and eat out together?
N: I go with my team and my wife. Yesterday Rafa was at Nobu because I was there too [laugh]
T: Ah! different tables?
N: Different tables but we were together
J: So do you get enough time together off court? Do you hang out?
N: Yeah because in the locker you have a lot of time and we talk around about football… about a lot in our life. But I prefer to stay with my team, ya know. I want to be with my coach and wife, play some games with the ipad. I want to do different things but well, of course, we are all sharing the space.
J: I was going to ask if you brought your x box
T: We hear that’s pretty big on tour actually with games like Fifa.
J: And last couple of questions. Who is your favourite super
N: pfffff I think my favourite super hero…. pfff what… I dunno
GrandSlamGal Camera lady extraordinaire: Rafa?
J: [laugh] Rafa
N: … I don’t know. I don’t know. sorry. Maybe gladiator.
J: oooo yeah we’ve haven’t had that one before.
T: Most people go superman but I like Gladiator!
J: last question. You might have been asked this before but can you say ‘g’day mate’ in an Aussie accent.
J: G’day mate
N: Gee-day mate
J: when we say hello in Australia, well often we say hello but our Australian greeting is g’day.
N: G’day. G’day. G’day mate.
T: You did a pretty good job actually.
And just so what’s being said is made clear:
Thanks for the chat, Nico!