Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Rome - no, but maybe Nice...?

It's official, David isn't going to make his comeback at the Masters in Rome. That's the answer to one of the many questions surrounding David, his current situation and his plans for the coming weeks. Or even - months?
Here's the latest article from Clarin that attempts to shed at least some light on what's going on with David, as well as on what his plans are now.
The objective of his team is for him to be ready for the ATP 250 tournament in Nice, which starts on May 16, and for Roland Garros. Although at this point no one would dare to vouch for a specific date.

Nalbandian's spokesman Bernardo Ballero told Clarin.com that Nalbandian has not yet fully recovered from the virus that affected him when he took up training again. That virus [or rather, the fever that went with it] made him lose muscle mass that Nalbandian, who's still Argentina's number one player, needs to recover to lend more power to his game and to prevent injuries.

With the goal of getting ready [to play matches], Nalbandian began with his preparatory training last week, which continues in double shifts. What's certain though is that as time goes by, the doubts continue to grow about his state after the double surgery he underwent and these continuous postponements.
Edit: News agency Telam quotes Bernardo Ballero, who says that David has dropped "seven or eight kilograms of muscle mass":
"He's still in the process of gaining weight and muscle mass," said Ballero, who confirmed that Nalbandian will try to play Nice and Roland Garros.
Or in the more concise version from the Fue Buena Twitter:
Nalbandian pulls out of Rome, intends to play Nice though he knows it's going to be difficult.
If he doesn't play Nice, he's not going to play Roland Garros.
So apparently, playing on clay has not yet been ruled out completely. Instead, at least reportedly, it's all going to depend on David's progress next week and whether or not he'll be ready in time for Nice.
In moments like this one, I'd love to be able to offer you some quotes from David or his camp (as in, his team). But once again, there's only the Argentine media to rely on.

24 comments:

  1. I think this is the first time I find myself hoping that David will quickly gain some weight.

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  2. Also known as muscle mass, in this case.

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  3. Phew, never thought that we could be talking about David having not enough weight...
    He looks really skinny, especially in his face, that is true... why this always has to be such a drama, I don't know. So what can we do, surprise, waiting.
    I still hope that he will play Nice and then Roland Garros, I would love to see him again...

    Thank you, Julia, for that update!

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  4. I have a feeling that there is more to it than the virus/fever thing, that has made him lose weight/muscle mass. But you did not hear/read this, right? Why am I typing in code all of a sudden?

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  5. Tiffany I understand what you are thinking and it came also to my mind but then I remembered what I was looking and feeling after my viral infection. I had for two days 40 degree fever and then for a week 38/9, I couldn't eat because of a sore throat and I also had no hunger. I lost so much weight in no time and needed a very long time to recover. I had something about 55 kilos before and after I dropped to 48, which was very scary and I also looked very scary ;-).
    So maybe his infection was more difficult than he said... I still try to think that it isn't only about Davis Cup... call me crazy but I hope...

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  6. I read today on armenian site aysor.am that David is planning to play Nice and then Rolland Garros, but the article is from Tennis Connected.
    here the link: http://tennisconnected.com/home/2011/05/04/nalbandian-out-of-rome-masters-will-play-nice-to-prepare-for-roland-garros/
    I guess the origin of this news comes from argentine sites.

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  7. Im also glad its not just about DC,at least now hes giving a reason why he does not feel ready to play.

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  8. Aww that's too bad, hope he recovers in time for Nice.. can't wait for a Nalbandian-Federer rematch..VAMOS DAVID!

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  9. too bad nalbandian prob wont make it past the 3rd round. you cant go into RG playing a couple of matches on clay a year.

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  10. Anonymous,I really feel that David will have one more deep run at a GS before he hangs up his racket,but your right he first needs to show up to even have a chance

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  11. "It's déjà vu all over again". I can't take credit for this quote, but it is so apropos. Yogi Berra, the butcher of the English language said it. This year is so much like last year it isn't even funny. Would anybody put money on David playing Nice? I wouldn't. I suppose we can hope, but it's so hard.

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  12. Ah, so that's where Doug Adler (TTV) got it from. :)
    Yeah, it is like last year. And just like last year, DC looms large and that's much more of a threat to QC & Wimbledon than Nice and RG...

    Mina, you're welcome and yep, I've suffered a similar infection in the past and can only confirm what you've said about it.
    And yeah, Ashot, that's the same news as here. Only that writing he's "planning to play" makes it sound more certain than it is.

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  13. In other news Davids DC buddy Del Potro had to retire in Madrid and pull out of Rome,he has some pain in his hip,hes hoping to play Nice and RG.Similar situation to Davids.

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  14. Also,it seems David gave a interview to a Chinese site,its all over the place,he took a hit at Vasquez by saying that hes never tried to mediate the relationship between him and Del Potro and that hes never around except for the week when the DC tie is being held,he also states that hes out of Rome and that he want to get one tournament under his belt before RG because its tough to come back at a best of 5 set match.He says hell see how this week goes.

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  15. I can't believe it came from a Chinese site, lol. Maybe the Chinese media got it from somewhere else...?

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  16. That Chinese site tried to get an interview with David for months. Then they finally get to talk to him for 20 minutes at the Vilas Club and what's it all about - DC...

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  17. His favourite topic. :)

    Okay I've seen the article on MTF now, and it looks like David does indeed plan on playing if he can. Well, that sounds a little better than what DiarioShow.com reported.

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  18. And as for David's comments about Tito Vázquez - nothing new, there. Though I'd like to know if David really would be much happier if Tito would be following him everywhere. Or whether it was any different with Mancini...

    Remains to be seen how bad Delpo's injury is. Just after he said he's going to play DC.

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  19. That David wants to play, will try to play is the official version, yep.

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  20. The "official" version. You sound very cynical on this, like it is standard talk! :)

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  21. I hope he means it for real,that he wants to make it back by RG

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  22. Krystle, what's standard is the limited amount of news. And knowing how quickly things like that can get overturned. But I'm not completely cynical yet. (Only a little bit.)

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  23. Well, it seems slightly more positive.
    I think.

    I've just heard that Juan Carlos Ferrero is probably going to reire at the end of the year. :(
    His latest comeback started well, but apparently he's suffering pain again now.

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  24. By now, there's been an official press release, saying that David's statements about Vázquez were taken out of context. Well, they do sound like something David would say... lol

    New post with all of that and more tomorrow. No news on the Nice front, so far.

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