Day 3: Wed. Feb. 26, 2014

Wednesday morning…I think we were back to our old selves again…..

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And Nick found is other love (s)…..both in red!

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Even though Eirini got the ticket to ride shotgun in the Ferrari!!!

Dimitra (club manager) was impressed with the crew and how they worked so she made a special treat for them after lunch…. Or maybe she wanted to slow them down before the matches against her players!?!

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Either way, Nick and Eirini played well. Nick even took his first win over a 20yr. old.

EK killer forehand

After the sweet victory and good performances, We couldn’t resist the ‘need for speed’ so instead of the Ferrari’s, we settled for go carts next door…..

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That evening we stopped by the Olympic Tennis Center hoping to get a chance to play in the stadium….

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Locked out, we made due with the idea of practicing on the unkempt, sunken stadium court nearby…..hey…a stadium court is a stadium court right?

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Nick showed off his line judging skills….

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But he is a better fan of the sport….

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But by the time we left, Eirini was feeling quite at home so she just walked into the office and after 10 minutes she came out explaining we won’t be playing in the old stadium, but instead we are on center court next week!!!!!

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Day 2: Tues. Feb. 25, 2014

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First Day of Practice:

Well, it was to be expected…Jet lag definitely got the best of us. There wasn’t a happy camper in the bunch on the tennis court at 9am the morning!

After an expected difficult time on the court with timing and movement the team sweat it out at the club gym overlooking the tennis courts with a good gym workout….

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But by the afternoon, after an upbeat and tasty lunch, things started to look normal…smiles were seen again,

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but there was still the need to go old school on the hard courts with shadow stroking….

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The evening was chilly, but that didn’t stop us from having our own little rooftop private dinner at Maiandros……they got us with the view of the Parthenon in lights.

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Day 1: Mon. Feb. 24, 2014

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Sunday flight – Monday Arrival

We were all set for an Athens Adventure…

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After the first leg (6 hrs 30 min.) we were starting to lose it in the second 4 hour flight!!!

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By the afternoon Monday at 4pm things got interesting…..

However, after checking in and meeting up with Alexandra we were more than ready to stretch our legs outside (ended up behind the Parthenon)!

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We then made it around to devouring the local Gyros at the restaurant where Eirini and her Mom frequent!

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