Ever heard of “Detroit Rock City”? It’s a Kiss song but it’s also the title of a movie that tells the story of four Kiss fans who go through so much hell with bruises and blood on the side just to see their most favorite rock band in the world perform live. Albeit whimsical, the plot of Detroit Rock City somehow mirrors what individuals in real life would actually do just to be right in front of the people they admire.
I remember entering a hotel area once without authorization just to get my Incubus CDs signed by the band members themselves. I also flirted with a security personnel (let me clarify this: nothing SEXUAL happened; not even a tongue!) to get in the front row of a Shadows Fall concert (ha!).
As for my Rogers Cup experience, well…I wasn’t beaten up for my Center Court tickets. Thank God I wasn’t! But I did go to great lengths just to catch the 2nd round match of my most favorite female tennis player in the world, Maria Sharapova.
I’ve been a Sharapova fan since she won Wimbledon in 2004. Despite her inconsistencies on the tennis court, she has proven that she has what it takes to win. Just so you know, she has already won all the grand slams including two French Open titles and the World Championships trophy. In other words, she has made her mark, and naysayers can simply f……..
Take a wild guess 🙂
So waking up at 430 in the morning for a 6-hour bus journey and limping all the way to Stade Uniprix because of leg cramps I’ve developed from running through Montreal’s steep roads with an empty stomach – it was my first time in Montreal and I was on a budget so taking a taxi cab was absolutely out of the question – is not something you should be surprised with because I am Sharapova’s #1 fan and all my efforts paid off…
See the caption? That’s right! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get her autograph because some psycho beside me kept on yelling, “Maria! I’m from Siberia! You have to talk to me!” (yeah bud, like she really cares). Obviously, his stupidity forced Maria to say “NO”.
I’m content with the fact, however, that I got pretty good shots (see above) and got to watch her 2nd and 3rd round games.
And that’s not all. I’m also happy to say that I was able to watch the matches of Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Jelena Jankovic – whose classic post-point tantrums are always a joy to watch – and the legendary Martina Hingis who signed my ticket.
My only disappointment was not seeing Eugenie Bouchard. A few days before the start of the tournament, I made this poster…
Unfortunately, Genie lost in her 2nd round match before I even got to Montreal. But as they say, you can’t have everything. C’est la vie.