Thursday, July 31, 2008

Olympics interview

Olympic spotlight on...David Nalbandian:
Q: Argentina has a good record in the Olympics and has won a number of medals, including Gabriela Sabatini as a silver medalist in tennis in 1988. Would you like to add your name to the list?

DN: Well, I'm going to try. You always push hard to do it. It's not easy. It's not simple. It’s going to be the first time that I'm going to be there. I'm going to try my best and try to win the gold medal, of course.

From Buenos Aires to Beijing

Yesterday, the Argentine Olympics tennis team led by Davis Cup captain Alberto Mancini held a news conference in Buenos Aires before departing for Beijing.

Here are a couple of photos:

The Argentine team: Agustin Calleri, Guillermo Canas, David, Alberto Mancini and Juan Monaco.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Beijing 2008 - A First Glimpse

The Olympic Tennis Event, as it's officially called, will be held at the all new Olympic & Paralympic Tennis Centre, merely a kilometre (or less than a mile) away from the Olympic village.
Play will begin on Sunday, August 10.
The men's double final will take place on Saturday, August 16.
The men's single final on Sunday, August 17.
From Day 1 (first Sunday) until Day 4 (Tuesday), matches will be played in two sessions. A day session from 10.30 am until 2.30 pm local time (GMT+8) and a night session from 5 pm until 11 pm. Starting with Day 5 (Wednesday) matches will begin at 4 pm.
According to the entry list at the ITF website, David will be seeded seventh.
He will also play doubles with Guillermo Canas.
For more information visit the ITF Olympics website.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

no Cincy after all

From the official site:
David Withdrew from Cincinnati and Set his Sights on the Games
Nalbandian´s recovery program to overcome his physical discomforts is proving successfully, but so as not to stop with his treatment, he decided not to participate in the Cincinnati Masters Series and travel directly to Beijing for the Olympic Games. It is known that he is seduced by the idea of claiming a medal for the country and prefers to keep all his energies for his appointment in China. It is clear that he will get there with little competence and will directly know in the Tennis Centre of the Olympic Park in which level he is. Since the best of the world will be there, the task won’t be easy: “Nobody is going to give anything away. It is a really important tournament and the great players won’t play there just as in any other tournament”, he stated. Neither will David, by the way.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

David to play Cincinnati

Good news from the official site:
David will play at the upcoming Masters Series event in Cincinnati.
It will be the official start of his preparation for the Olympics and the U.S. Open.
This decision also confirms recent reports that he is by now free of pain and back to proper training again.

Monday, July 21, 2008

nice photo

from the official site of the Beijing Olympic Games:
Injured Argentine tennis star David Nalbandian might skip Beijing Olympics

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

right arm injury?

News from TennisTalk:
Injury could force Nalbandian out of Olympics
7/12/08 12:49 PM | David Cox

The mystery injury which affected David Nalbandian during his first round loss at Wimbledon was revealed yesterday.

Nalbandian was surprisingly monosyllabic during the post-match press conference, hinting that there was an injury of sorts but refusing to comment any further.

Yesterday his physiotherapist Diego Rodriguez revealed to sports newspaper Ole that Nalbandian is struggling with a right arm injury and is currently undergoing a recovery program. Nalbandian says that he will definately not compete again till he is 100% fit but he may need surgery, an option his team have yet to decide upon.

He is already almost certainly not going to compete in Toronto or Cincinatti and if he does choose to go under the knife he could miss all of the US hard court season. The Olympics would definately be out and he would be a major doubt for the US Open


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

David at Rogers Cup

David is still on the players list at Rogers Cup so he might be playing there after all. However, this Masters Series tournament is still not listed on the schedule at his official site.

Here are David's results in previous years:

2007 . . . 3rd round
2006 . . . 1st round
2005 . . . 2nd round
2004 . . . 1st round
2003 . . . Finalist
2002 . . . Quarter-finalist

a word on the Foundation

Nalbandian: We Merge to do Things
The tennis player David Nalbandian is always acquainted with the progress of the Foundation. Being able to help through it is one of his paramount concerns. However, he knows it is long-term work and the task is not minor. “We are doing things. We are trying to merge to do more important things”, the tennis player stated. David’s Foundation focuses his objectives in two activities: the promotion of sports and the physical and mental development of people with different abilities. First, the emphasis is placed in the region which saw him grow: Unquillo, Rio Ceballos, Salsipuedes and Mendiolaza. The Foundation developed a rehabilitation program for children and adults with severe motor disabilities and other related pathologies. One of its annual projects is a Rehabilitation Program for People with Severe Motor Disability. This is the reason why they are trying to assemble the necessary infrastructure and equipment so that the professionals can carry out free rehabilitation services.


more on the Olympic dream

Again from the official site:
For David, Being in the Olympic Games is Priceless
He could not play in the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. An unfortunate injury prevented him from taking the singles tennis test. But this year, David Nalbandian set the Olympic Games as one of his paramount objectives in the season: add one medal for Argentina in the Olympic Games in Beijing. “The Olympic Games are really important for what they represent to the country. Sometimes tennis players do not consider the Games so important because they are not in the schedule every year, but amateur players do everything they can to be in the Games. Being there is priceless”, David points out, clearly showing the great value he gives to wearing the Argentine shirt in Beijing. On his frustrated participation in Athens, he said: “I want to get my own back in Beijing. In Athens, it was really nice to live together with all the athletes in the village; it was a pity I was not able to play. But this year, we’ll try to win a medal”, he stated. David, together with the basketball and soccer teams, is one of the greatest hopes to bring a medal.


dreams despite injury

From the official website:
David has Dreams to Fulfill
“Winning a Grand Slam, the Davis Cup and the Olympic Games”. These are the objectives David set for the rest of his career. When he said that, he had just won the Masters Series in Madrid and Paris, and his physical problems were not an obstacle. David will return to the circuit in the Masters Series in Canada and Cincinnati. His best performance in Canada was in the final in 2003 when he lost to Andy Roddick 6-1 and 6-3. He also reached quarter-finals in 2002 and the fourth round in 2007. In Cincinnati his best performance was in quarter-finals in 2003. During his other five participations, he did no get through the second round. The chance of fulfilling his objectives is still latent. In August he will participate in the Olympic Games in Beijing; during the same month he will play the fourth Grand Slam this year in Flushing Meadows (United States); and in September the semi-finals in the Davis Cup. Will everything come true at the same time?


This sounds very positive, despite the injury issue.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

David might miss the Olympics

Argentinian tennis star David Nalbandian could still miss the Olympic Games, according to his physiotherapist.
The 26-year-old's participation has already been announced by the Argentinian Olympic Committee, but the 2002 Wimbledon finalist is still affected by muscular injuries and remains a doubt for both Beijing and the Davis Cup semi-final against Russia in September.
Nalbandian's physio Diego Rodriguez told Ole newspaper "David is going through a recovery program. He hasn't played tennis for two weeks and has done some work in the swimming pool and on the bicycle."
He added: "He will compete again when he is in good shape."
However, Rodriguez did not rule out the option of surgery if the recovery programme does not prove successful.
He said: "Having an operation is one of the options, but that will be analysed by the medical staff.
"To reach this point, the result of the current treatment would have to be discouraging."


This really doesn't sound too good...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

the year so far

From the official site:
ATP Statistics: David’s First Semester
It is known that tennis is a sport of percentages. Being midyear and having played 31 matches in the circuit, David’s performances in the first half of the year have been regular, despite his injuries. He won a title (ATP Buenos Aires); he reached the finals in the Acapulco ATP, the semifinals in the traditional tournament of Queen’s, and quarter-finals in two Masters Series: Indian Wells and Monte Carlo. Where he could not stand firmly was in the Grand Slam, Australia (third round), Roland Garros (second) and Wimbledon (First). If his performances had been better there, he could be holding a better position in the ranking. As regards his percentages in the game, his performance was better when returning than when serving. Nalbandian, seventh in the world, is among the 48 players with best service. He is 51st as regards aces (142 in 31 matches); 40th in points won with second services (51%); 50th in percentages with first services (58%). The best part in regard to service is his position as 36th in points won in the first service (71%). The situation improves -a lot- with return shots. He is 9th in converted break points (46%) and 11th in points won when returning the first service! His return shots continue being, by far, his most beneficial aspect.


Also from David's site, it seems he has changed his original busy schedule and will now next play in Beijing, thus skipping the next two Masters Series tournaments. This is probably a good idea given his physical problems of late.

Enjoy a well earned rest, David!

Monday, July 7, 2008

career beginning

Reminiscences from the official site:
The Day David’s Career Began
It was not in the final he won in the US Open in 1998 or in the final in Wimbledon in 2002. The statement “I feel my career has begun” came out of his mouth some years before that, in November 1995, when he was just 13 years old and was coming out of the court in the Club Universitario de Cordoba. On that day he defeated the man from Rio Cuarto Carlos Vasquetto, by then professional, in a closely fought final in three sets and won his first title in first division at local level. He was then a young boy and his performance was already outstanding at national level, but his tennis was limited to his exceptional backhand shots and great fighting spirit on the court. That was enough: he beat three figures of tennis in Cordoba and celebrated. When he came out, the journalist asked him: How do you feel?. He was waiting for David to show his great satisfaction. But that didn’t happen: “I feel my career has just begun". David had already set high goals in world tennis.


Here's hoping David can make yet another new beginning to his career.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

David still going to Olympics

Latest from David's official site:
David with a Busy Schedule
The second semester for King David will be really demanding. After his brief appearance in Wimbledon, the man from Unquillo will try to recover from his physical discomfort which has prevented him from performing at his best level in the circuit. The ones to come are not simple tournaments: from July 21st, he will play in the Masters Series in Canada and Cincinnati (Unites States) on hard courts; from August 11th, he will be player number one in the Argentine Tennis Team in the Olympic Games in Beijing (China); and will cross the world again to play, from August 25th ,the fourth and last Grand Slam of the season, the US Open played on hard courts in the Flushing Meadows. On September 19th, 20th and 21st, he will be part of the Argentine team to play the semifinals of the Davis Cup against the powerful Russian team. This is what is called the schedule of a champion.


Very mixed messages here. On the one hand there is this "physical discomfort" and on the other hand there is boasting of the busy "schedule of a champion".

But in any case, it seems pretty clear that he's heading to Beijing for the Olympic Games in August.