Those amazing terracotta warriors of the eight men playing at the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai were unveiled on Sunday, November 11, at 1:30 p.m. (local) at Qi Zhong Stadium.
Photographer Quentin Shih took this photo above of the players — that’s David Ferrer, Nole Djokovic, Roger Federer, Nands Gonzalez, Nikolay Davydenko, Rafa Nadal, Richard Gasquet, and Andy Roddick — standing next to their likenesses.
Artist Laury Dizengremel, commissioned to work on these pieces, wrote to TSF two weeks ago from China.
“This [project] is a very exciting commission,” she said. “I’ve been to China 16 times over the last 6 years (am here right now creating the last few ‘heads’ as they qualify, working with two Chinese sculptor friends). I have made several monumental sculptures as a guest of the government, toured the country extensively for research, and love China!”
See close-ups of the players next to their warriors after the cut…
Gonzalez, Kolya, and Rafa. The lips on Kolya’s statue are too full.
Richard Gasquet and Andy Roddick. Roddick’s statue looks like Mariska Hargitay
(photos via ATP)