Friday, May 13, 2011

The Making Of: David's Decision

The dust has settled a little after David's double withdrawal. Meanwhile, after a few more statements and lots and lots of articles on the subject, it's getting a bit clearer now why David made the decision to pull out of Nice and Roland Garros. Which is to say - there's now something like an official version of how that decision came about.

And what sums up this official version pretty well is an audio interview with Bernardo Ballero, embedded with this article.
According to Ballero, David was working on getting ready in time to play Nice as preparation for Roland Garros. But after the virus and the fever and the loss of muscle mass that went with it, David and his team had to realise that he has not yet regained enough "muscular strength" and "power" for a comeback at Nice. So he would've had to return at Roland Garros and even though he would've probably been ready in time for it, he would've had to return at Roland Garros without any match practice and playing best-of-five matches on clay. - And that's what David and his team decided against.
Instead, he will continue to train and he'll come back when he's "in shape, both in terms of his tennis and above all, physically". And Ballero confirms once more that David's projected comeback tournament is now the Queen's Club.

Apart from that, there are now also a couple of statements from David himself (via the official site's Facebook page):
"I lost between 5 and 6 kilos of muscle mass as the result of having contracted a virus that caused a fever I had for 10 days. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to recover from that in time."

"The fever made it impossible for me to train so we had to change the date for the comeback on the Tour."

"I'm very sad that once again, I'm not able to play Roland Garros. I'll keep training in order to return to the Tour in the best possible way. I have many goals to achieve this year and I want to achieve them."
What exactly these goals are (apart from the Davis Cup, of course), David doesn't say. But despite the latest setback, it sounds like he still has his plans, his goals and ambitions for the rest of this season. And that's good to know.

For now, David continues his training at the Vilas Club in Buenos Aires. Today, he's practicing with Argentine player Brian Dabul (you may remember him for having been at the receiving end of this shot), who tweeted yesterday that he'll be training with "the 'king' Nalbandian".

(Note: Sorry about the delay. Blogger.com was down from yesterday evening until now and the "resolving of maintenance issues" was why you couldn't leave any comments and I couldn't post this any earlier. It's also the reason the last couple of comments on the former post have simply disappeared...)

44 comments:

  1. Ya Ive realized the problems on blogger. Indeed its nice that David is optimistic about the second half of the season - the better half, the one without clay(except for DC)lol.
    and Julia, u still haven't changed ur mind about watching Eurovision ? haha

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  2. I just hope something like this whole chaos with Blogger.com will never happen during a tournament or a DC weekend...

    Anyway, ESC - well, it's not my kind of music but I guess I'll end up watching the final, I usually do, at least some of it. ;)

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  3. hahah its a deal then. I love Lena

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  4. I am disappointed that Armenia didn't qualified into the final in ESC. Even Lena and whole Duesseldorf liked Armenia's song and they were very surprised that it didn't get into final. It's the best and most interesting music show of Europe but also the unfairest show of all, and since last year there is also a jury from each country and the votes are combinated with 50% from jury and 50% from SMS votes, but jury is unfairer than the population. Armenia had the most points in SMS voting last year according to a german university, but it was only 7 with jury votes, so we would win if the jury voting would come a year later, lol. I hope that Azerbaijan doesn't win the contest so that Armenia can participate in ESC 2012.
    I hope at least that the german-armenian boxer Arthur Abraham (Avetik Abrahamian) win's the "super 6" semifinal in Los Angeles. Julia has maybe heard about him as German :)
    Ok, back to tennis. Finally a positive statement again from David about his plans in future (not only about Davis Cup).

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  5. Will there be a stream where I can watch Eurovision? lol

    Yeah, the Blogger problems lasted much longer than expected. We had a task of theming up a blog for a client due that day, and we had to postpone. Wasn't too disappointed with that. :) I just hoped that it wouldn't be up and running again 2 hours before close of business, but good thing that was not the case.

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  6. Yeah, I guess so, though it'll be early Sunday morning for you when it starts. ;)

    Well, I have to confess that my approach to ESC is not a very serious one. And if I had my way, the Ukraine would've won last year. For weeks now, we've had nothing but Lena and ESC on TV here and by now, a lot of people are tired of it, not just me...

    And yeah Ashot, I've heard of Arthur Abraham but boxing - not for me. ;)

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  7. No, she's going to try and defend her title tonight.

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  8. lol @ Julia, defend her title, that cracked me up.
    and like Ashot said, the jury is unfair, Denmark was the worst song and qualified in the expense of Armenia. The game is simple, because they know the Armenian diaspora in Europe is huge, they are trying to make it less easier for Armenia to qualify. Again its off topic, but since David is not playing now,i guess its ok to have some off-tennis talks.Anyways gonna watch the final today, make sure u put the stream links for Krystle on the right bar lol .

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  9. I highly doubt theres a conspiracy to get Armenia out of the competition but it is true that Eurosong has a bad voting system.I mean every single time,the best song from the Balkans will get 12 points from Croatia,Serbia,Bosnia,Slovenia...and the best Nordic song will get 12s from Denmark,Norway,Sweden,Finland...its pretty much all about who has the most neighbors.

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  10. That's also a point why people in Holland don't like the festival because of the voting system, though we do get points from Belgium all the time lol.

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  11. On eurovision.tv there is always a live stream I think.
    Noubar, even Turkey didn't qualified with about 20 Million turkish immigrants in Europe, for the first time since 1995, though they had a top 10 song. And jury can be everyone who is promo, for example in Germany the head of jury last year was a comedian, and I think most of juries are not professional and they make it more unfairer than before with only SMS votes and most of them are not objective. The best chance for the win is if the country is big, has lots of neighbours which are very similar in language and tradition like all countrys in balkan, skandinavians, Turkey and Turkey 2 (Azerbaijan).

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  12. I'm not sure if that link works outside the EU.

    The German jury president last year is a comedian - and a great singer and diehard ESC fan. ;)
    The problem here is that thanks to the complete media overkill, only very few people actually watched the semifinals.

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  13. you all made good points here.
    but Adrian, i know there is no conspiracy on Armenia lol. But like Ashot said, its all about geography, the voting system is terrible, they should bring more juries. And Joop, yea, belgium always votes 4 u, lmao.And surprisingly you always vote for Armenia, even on 2009 when our song literally sucked(thank u btw).

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  14. Playing the Netherlands tournament the week before Wimbledon would be preferable to Queen's (playing Queen's makes too much sense, kind of like playing Doha or Brisbane before the Australian). That would ensure that Nalbandian isn't 100% for a possibly difficult 1st or 2nd round match at Wimbledon, and make even more certain that if he did have to go through a tough 5-setter in the first or second rounds, he would have absolutely no energy for the subsequent match. And that would be ideal because then he could lose in the first week and prepare for that great tennis juggernaut - Kazakhstan. What would be even better is a complete withdrawal from the grass court season, since that would be vintage Nalbandian living life on his own terms, his way, and doing what he wants, which is intrinsically awesome (but we can't be certain that that will happen just yet). I think I'm finally starting to think clearly; it's great.

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  15. You forgot to mention Auckland.

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  16. Anonymous,dont you see that until further notice this is the official Eurosong forum and no longer the David Nalbandian one,so please dont go off topic.

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  17. Didn't you mention Bosnia and Herzegovina before? I liked that one.

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  18. The singers name is Dino Merlin,hes great and very popular in the whole region.

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  19. Yeah, you could tell he's a pro. :)

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  20. Dear Anonymous/troll/miscreant/Slim Shady's cousin three times removed: please go away!!

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  21. So Azerbaijan it is... See you in Baku, next year.

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  22. Noooo, Azerbaijan won ESC, it's a nightmare

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  23. Armenia will withdraw in next ESC because it will be in Azerbaijan. I can't believe it that they won but I waited for it after turkey disqualified in semi. All 20 million turks in europe voted for turkey and even with bad songs they were in top 5, and this time they gave their points to Turkey 2 (=Azerbaijan) and therefore Azerbaijan won.

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  24. I think you're taking it a bit too far here with the conspiracy theories.

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  25. And again the azerbaijan entry was swedish like last year and a similar song to their last year's entry, but last year they had even better song and were favorite with Lena and Armenia, but they were on 5. place last year because turkey was in final and they didn't got so much votes from turks in europe.
    @ Tiffany
    most peaple already know who Anonymous is, I mean his real name. I know that since long and with his last comment he proved that I am right. You can read also the "magnificant" word which Julia wrote as responst to him. But you knew it before too, right? :)

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  26. @ Julia
    maybe a bit too far
    (I didn't see your last comment before I wrote the last one from me.)

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  27. Maybe... ;)
    (I got rid of the double post.)

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  28. Tiffany, I have always respected your opinions and looked forward to reading your posts. Apparently, though, you were never taught the lesson of being able to deal with people you disagree with. It would be nice if you could show just an ounce of civility or politeness when someone doesn't say what you want to hear. Meanness is not tolerated on this board.
    Sincerely,
    anonymous

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  29. you are giving your self too much credit with the"Sincerely"part.
    No one wants you here, and please do not teach us lessons on civilization, because you are the only one who doesn't respect the others opinions here. You gave a men's word not to post here again, apparently you couldn't, instead you decided to hide your name and post similar negative comments again.If you are Anonymous, then I am Anonymous2.

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  30. Anonymous,

    You flatter yourself waaay too much!! I am not the only person on here that has a problem with the tone of your posts. If you have to be so "anonymous," why are you here in the first place? And I do mean it when I say that you're a troll and a miscreant.

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  31. Speaker of the Truth aka anonymousMay 15, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Tiffany, I honestly think every one of your posts are wonderful gems to read. I really do. You strike me as a completely pleasant, agreeable person. I fully respect your opinions. It's all love around here.

    I just have one question: how come you never asked that same question of the former "anonymous" and current "anonymous2", who has always gone by that name? Just wondering.

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  32. "Anonymous" is a disgrace to the Anonymous moniker! It must be noted that sarcasm really isn't your strength, Not-So-Anonymous. Also, Tiffany will slice and dice you in a words war. Have a nice day!

    Signed,
    Anonymous3

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  33. Okay, stop talking to yourself. You're really starting to sound like a crazy person.

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  34. I bet anonymous4 is coming soon haha,before I used to to think and in a way respect "anonymous",I didnt really find his posts insulting or anything,I thought he just was a little more critical of David than the rest of us and in the end wanted the same as the rest of us,to enjoy Davids game and hopefully plenty of wins.But now Ive realized that his not even a Nalbandian fan and probably wishes that Nalbandian doesnt even pick up a racket again just to prove he was right about some topics that were discussed here.

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  35. Okay, we've all had a bit of fun now with the different ways of posting (more or less) anonymously. More than enough fun, actually and the last thing I want for VD is to turn into another version of MTF.

    Chris, coming back here to post, grand exit and all, is one thing. To do it exclusively in order to mock people is another. And how you can possibly expect me and the others to like you for it, or not recognise you - I really don't know.
    But what I do know is that I've had enough of you, coming here to disrupt the comments. So I'm going to take measures against that now, you leave me with no other choice.

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  36. Anonymous (in my opinion, there should be no anonymous posts; makes it easier for a person to troll) ONE: just because you find me entertaining does not mean that I can't pull out the can of you-know-what when I have to.

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  37. And, in answer to your other question, Chris (I'm not that dumb, yo): I haven't said anything to the other anonymous posters because their intentions, unlike yours, are not to disrupt and confuse the tone of the blog. So there...satisfied?

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  38. Can we stop this now?
    We all know it's Chris, we all know what's the problem.

    Thanks.

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  39. Ya, too much fun here, we need James Bond now to solve this thing, hell probably be Anonymous007 lol.
    I hope i'll see a new post here soon with David's picture in a training court.

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  40. So in other news.....Argentina beats Kazakhstan in Dusseldorf. I'm glad David is skipping so many tournaments this year just so he can play against Andrey Golubev and win easily like Monaco did.

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  41. Yeah, I'm going to mention the "test tie" in my upcoming post.
    And David's DC obsession also has its good sides.

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