the terracotta warriors unveiled in shanghai


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.

terracotta warriors - tmc shanghai - 2007

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.

laury dizengremel commission - terra cotta warriors

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…

David Ferrer, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer
Ferrer, Djokovic, and Federer. Of these three, Ferrer’s is the one that looks the most generic. And the hair on Novak’s warrior looks better than his!

Gonzalez, Davydenko, Nadal

Gonzalez, Kolya, and Rafa. The lips on Kolya’s statue are too full.

Richard Gasquet and Andy Roddick

Richard Gasquet and Andy Roddick. Roddick’s statue looks like Mariska Hargitay

(photos via ATP)


  1. AG says

    i like this pic, makes them look so tough! im talking abou the reall people here…Is it just me or veryone in this pic’s nose looks way bigger than it is. well except for gasquet…his looks the way his facial expressiona kinda says” lets get this over with” hahaha i love that! i love richard he’s soo cute!

    hmm… roddick’s does look like mariska hargatay. which makes mariska look manlier or andy look girly???


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