[ o ] The Portuguese corner!

THESEXPISTOL

Hall of Fame
During the last month i realized that are some portuguese members in the boards.
Soo i created this topic for us to gather and discuss every topics about the tennis in Portugal and everything we can talk about.
Fellow country mans be my guests.

Portugueses in the board
THESEXPISTOL, Gorecki, evakent
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Olá!

Unfortunately, I've never been to Portugal but my ancestors hail from there. In the late 19th century, my ancestors migrated from the Azores (Açores) to the Hawaiian Islands. I believe that quite a lot of Portuguese (Porta-gees in Hawaii) made that move from the Azore(s) Islands to Hawaii in the late 1800s. There are also a fair number of us in SF Bay Area (where I reside now) as well as a very large community of Portuguese in Massachusetts, I believe.

I would imagine that Portugal, like Brasil, is primarily clay court country, no?
 

THESEXPISTOL

Hall of Fame
Olá!

Unfortunately, I've never been to Portugal but my ancestors hail from there. In the late 19th century, my ancestors migrated from the Azores (Açores) to the Hawaiian Islands. I believe that quite a lot of Portuguese (Porta-gees in Hawaii) made that move from the Azore(s) Islands to Hawaii in the late 1800s. There are also a fair number of us in SF Bay Area (where I reside now) as well as a very large community of Portuguese in Massachusetts, I believe.

I would imagine that Portugal, like Brasil, is primarily clay court country, no?
Olá.
Nice to know that ;)
Yes, Portugal is mainly a claycourt country. I would say 69% Clay 30% Hardcourts an 1% Grass. Actually i only know one place where is possible to play lawn tennis.
 

NickC

Professional
Olá!

Unfortunately, I've never been to Portugal but my ancestors hail from there. In the late 19th century, my ancestors migrated from the Azores (Açores) to the Hawaiian Islands. I believe that quite a lot of Portuguese (Porta-gees in Hawaii) made that move from the Azore(s) Islands to Hawaii in the late 1800s. There are also a fair number of us in SF Bay Area (where I reside now) as well as a very large community of Portuguese in Massachusetts, I believe.

I would imagine that Portugal, like Brasil, is primarily clay court country, no?
Northern New Jersey, not Massachusetts. The tri-state area is full of 'em. The local football team, Red Bull New Jersey, at one point tried to sign Luis Figo because of how many Portuguese live in the area.

I ain't Portuguese, but my sister speaks Portuguese and I'm learning a little bit of it. It's a pretty cool language, and from what I hear, the country itself is awesome.
 

bad_call

Legend
During the last month i realized that are some portuguese members in the boards.
Soo i created this topic for us to gather and discuss every topics about the tennis in Portugal and everything we can talk about.
Fellow country mans be my guests.

Portugueses in the board
THESEXPISTOL, Gorecki, evakent
should probably clarify this if u refer specifically to Portugal and not Brasil or other Portuguese speaking countries. btw - more folks from Brasil around here than from Portugal. -ciao.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Northern New Jersey, not Massachusetts. The tri-state area is full of 'em. The local football team, Red Bull New Jersey, at one point tried to sign Luis Figo because of how many Portuguese live in the area...
Was not aware of the large Portagee population in the NJ area. It's even larger than either SF Bay Area or Hawaii. However, Boston (Mass) still boasts the largest Portagee American community.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_American#Biggest_Communities



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origmarm

Hall of Fame
I'm not Portuguese but my wife is. She was born in Lisbon but grew up in Northern NJ, her family still live there. From what I can see there is a HUGE Portuguese community there. Portugal day in Newark last year practically overwhelmed the city!

I go to Portugal several times a year as she still has family there. Only came back last week from there actually. This time was mainly Lisbon and the north. I've got 5kg of Bacalhau in my freezer and about 15 homemade chouricou as a result :). My wife actually made Bacalhau a bras for dinner last night as my brother was over, definitely my favourite! I'm tempted to make a Quim Barreiros joke about the smell from the kitchen here :)

I've learnt to speak Porguese (poorly) and am currently learning to read/write.
 

snoopy

Professional
The Portuguese are in the Ironbound section of Newark.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironbound

It's the only safe place to live in the city and the only part worth visiting. Lot's of good Portuguese, Spanish, and Brazilian food.

There's some tension between the Portuguese and the increasing number of Brazilians moving into the area.
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
The Portuguese are in the Ironbound section of Newark.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironbound

It's the only safe place to live in the city and the only part worth visiting. Lot's of good Portuguese, Spanish, and Brazilian food.

There's some tension between the Portuguese and the increasing number of Brazilians moving into the area.
Yeah I've heard it's like that in Elizabeth also with the South Americans, a lot of tension with the old residents. It's a pity.

Food was excellent, I've never seen such enourmous portions also!
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
I forgot to mention it but I actually got to play in Estoril last week. Was great, decent red clay courts. They also have this game called "paddle" which I hadn't seen before which seems to be a variant on racquetball but with solid racquets (they have holes instead of strings). I thought the stadium court was very small though, presumably they erect some kind of temporary stand for the tournament.
 

THESEXPISTOL

Hall of Fame
I forgot to mention it but I actually got to play in Estoril last week. Was great, decent red clay courts. They also have this game called "paddle" which I hadn't seen before which seems to be a variant on racquetball but with solid racquets (they have holes instead of strings). I thought the stadium court was very small though, presumably they erect some kind of temporary stand for the tournament.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padel_tennis :)
Wednesday me and my teammates gonna play speedminton at night
My coach always come with awesome ideas.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
^ Yeah, I been meaning to buy some speedminton shuttles to see how well they work with regular tennis racquets. Wanna try the glow-in-the-dark shuttles so that we can use them when the lights on the tennis courts go off at 10pm.

Is Padel easier than tennis?
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
Is Padel easier than tennis?
That was what I actually asked two of the guys who were playing. They said that it was probably more accessible than tennis initially but hard to master also. Apparently the "power advantage" is less as you serve underarm and the court coverage nulifies the advantage to an extent. Interesting to watch for sure.
 

h7hugo

Rookie
even though I'm almost 5years late, it's always good to know that there are more people from Portugal here ;)
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Ran into a windsurfing friend of mine from 10 years ago yesterday.
Told me he was moving to Gincho, to live foreever hopefully. He bought a 900 sq.ft. house just over a block from the beach, already paid for a storage locker at Gincho, will be shipping his kitesurfing gear there with him, but is going to tour the USA for 4 months starting next week on a camper/mobile home.
He rent's his 3,000 sq.ft. house in SanRafael Ca. for $8,000 a month, so he can afford to live almost anywhere.
 
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