Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A little Update...

Update (02/06)
Some news from David's camp. David's spokesman Bernardo Ballero talked to Argentine news agency Telam about how David is doing these days:
David is in very good spirits, relaxed. He finished a period of recovering muscle mass, as he had lost 6 kilos and he's now spending a week of training on grass in London in order to return at the best possible level.
Apart from that, Ballero confirmed David's grass-court schedule.
David received a wildcard for the Queen's Club and has travelled to London a few days ahead in order to prepare on grass. His plan for the grass-court swing is to play an exhibition [i.e. Boodles] and then afterwards Wimbledon.
- Where, perhaps, some plans for the upcoming Davis Cup tie (July 7-9) will be made...
Tito Vázquez hasn't called, maybe because David didn't play Roland Garros but if they meet at Wimbledon they're going to talk.


It's drawing near now, David's comeback at the Queen's Club. And regardless of whether he gets to play on Monday or Tuesday, one thing is clear - over a hundred days will have gone by since his last match on the ATP Tour, all the way back in February.

Meanwhile, David is in London now, preparing on grass. Perhaps he managed to attend the Champions League final, perhaps somewhere between training sessions he's watching some of the matches at Roland Garros. But whatever it is he's doing these days, he's doing it in complete seclusion. Peace and quiet. Which is certainly nice for him (and the way he likes it) but for me it means - there's absolutely nothing to report.
Ever since an Argentine football journalist met David by chance at a restaurant in Buenos Aires last Wednesday, where David told him that he was planning to fly over to London on Thursday, there's been no news of Mr. Nalbandian. But at least that's going to change soon.

So the only piece of info I have for you at the moment is that the draw for the Queen's Club will be pulled on Saturday, at 4pm GMT. And as usual, I'll do my best to post it here as quickly as possible.

58 comments:

  1. I'm away from London until Friday. :-(
    So I'm not even anywhere near David yet.
    But I have tickets for Queens Monday to Thursday, so I should get to see his first match.
    (nervousfingerscrossed)
    Centre court tickets... They'd better not be foush enough to consign David to Court 1, but they are often stuck for big names the first two days because of the top seeds getting byes, so they should be grateful to be able to showcase David... and Delpo.

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  2. Yeah, he should get to play his first match on centre court. No guarantee but I think it's likely.
    And then it'll be your turn. ;)

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  3. Yay! :)

    If they are silly enough to put David on court 1, I will get there early and buy a Ct 1 ticket. And if they're sold out (unlikely) I'll wave my CC ticket around and ask someone to swap - no matter who else it means missing!

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  4. So you won't be kept from seeing David play! No matter what tricks the organisers might try and pull on you!
    And that's of course good to hear - she wrote selflessly... ;)

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  5. lol she wrote selflessly... ;)"
    100 days ??? omg, i dont even know how we survived. I knew it was long, but not this long, thanks to VD and our friends in it.

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  6. True,100 days seems sooo long,but we got through it,cant wait for the draw.

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  7. Yeah, VD is also a way to pass the time. And by now, we're all experts when it comes to waiting...

    Another way of passing the time: I just found out how and when the whole "Gervasio Esteban David Ezequiel Nalbandian" myth started on Wikipedia. And that whoever added that to David's page experimented with some other versions and names before settling on this one...

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  8. How exciting Istabraq! Your first chance to see David? It must feel completely surreal. Hopefully he'll be scheduled on Centre Court.

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  9. Argentina v Kazahstan: pre-tie analysis was on BBC Sport/Tennis. The actual link is from Davis Cup website.
    http://www.daviscup.com/en/news/articles/argentina-v-kazahstan-pre-tie-analysis.aspx?channel=daviscupnews

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  10. Hi Istabraq, I decided today to book a trip to London and go to Queens next week too. I'll only be there Tuesday and Wednesday so everything crossed David plays his first match on Tuesday on the Centre Court!

    It's such a strong line-up this year and I figured maybe my only chance to get to see David play. I didn't get any luck in the Wimbledon ballot this year, and also didn't get anything in the Olympics ballot for next year.

    Of course knowing my luck he'll play on Monday...and lose!!

    Maybe see you about, I'll be on my Jack Jones looking a little lost ha ha.

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  11. Maybe another VD meet-up in the wings? :)
    Nice to see you here again, joyce63.

    Simon, thanks for the link. Though I have to say, I'm not exactly sad that the QF tie is still a good month away... ;)

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  12. I can't believe it's 100 days. If it wasn't for Nole's streak I don't know if I would have made it. I've come to like the "impersonator." At least we've had some good tennis in the interim. I'm envious Istabraq and Joyce. The French and Wimbledon are on my bucket list. Heck, even Queen's and the French would work. To see David it's probably going to have to be Miami. My brother lives there. David being back is exciting.

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  13. Yeah, the old quest - getting to see David play live. I'm probably going to give it another shot during the indoor swing. Even if that means Basel. Don't really want to go there but I guess it's one of the very few events he's more or less guaranteed to play.

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  14. Yeah, Julia, the quest. Some years back, Denver hosted a yearly pro tournament, the equivalent I suppose of an ATP 250 event. Got to see Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, among others. I remember getting tickets for a Saturday night semifinal one time with Bjorn Borg scheduled only to find out they switched him to the afternoon match. Got to see Brian Gottfried instead. Bummer. BTW, Vamos David really helped us get through the 100 days too. Thanks.

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  15. good news for David that Murray, djokovic and Nadal are still playing at Roland garros.They will be tired for Queens. Great opportunity for david to win the tournament!

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  16. Yes I can't quite believe I'll see David at last. I don't really dare to believe it, as last year I was at Boodles and only found out he had dropped out thanks to Julia emailing me.

    Joyce, great that you are going to Queen's too. If you would like to meet up, Julia has my contact details. :)
    Don't forget to head for the practice courts first - you can get nice and close up, so I'm really hoping to catch David there.

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  17. Good point, Anon. Last year the top seeds all went out early. Let's have a David - Delpo final ( not another Fish - Querrey one)!
    Though what I'd really like is a David - Andy final. :)

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  18. Apropos final - Schwank and Cabal have reached the doubles final at RG, after straight-setting the Bryans yesterday. First Slam doubles final for Edu, well done.
    And David will be happy that Schiavone has reached the ladies final again. :)

    John, yeah - Vamos David, A Waiting For David Nalbandian Blog... Though by his standards, 100 days isn't that much. And we're all used to it by now... ;)

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  19. Nah, 100 days isn't much at all, now that we're nearly finished waiting, lol.

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  20. Ashot - I saw the first set and it looked like Fed was playing well and smart. Plus, Djoker was maybe having trouble with his footing.
    I couldn't see the rest of the match.
    What happened?

    McEnroe did not give Fed much chance to win even after Fed won the first set since it's hard for Fed to play well for the full length of a match.

    McEnroe did say he believes Fed will win another GS or two, but not the French.

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  21. I didn't watch all of the match but I just read that Nole has pulled out of Queen's.

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  22. About the QC seeding, when I first calculated it, I forgot Gilles Simon... So originally, David would've been the 12th seed (not 11th).

    By now, Nole, Mardy Fish and Richard Gasquet have withdrawn. Which would make David the 9th seed, merely one spot away from getting a first-round bye. And it's not clear yet if Andy Murray will play...

    Hope I got it right this time... lol

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  23. "Hope I got it right this time... lol"

    Sounds like the players aren't even sure themselves. Lots of changes.... so maybe no way to know until the last minute. :)

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  24. It was an excellent match. Federer played great - like the Federer of old - and took it to Nole. Served super and hit the lines time after time. As long as he won, I'm glad he won today rather than have the match stretch into tomorrow. If he can duplicate the performance, I think he's got a good chance of taking out Nadal on Sunday. The commentators said it's more than like Murray will pull out of Queen's also. Haven't checked, so he may have done it already. Hmmm? Maybe this opens things up for David.

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  25. Yeah, it must've been a great match but I also had a football match I needed to watch so I kept switching back and forth between the two and managed to not really get much of either...
    Though when it comes to Sunday, I hope Rafa will take it. :)

    Joe, yeah - we'll only know for sure when the draw comes out tomorrow. ;)

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  26. Meanwhile, Fernando Verdasco and Gilles Simon have signed up for Boodles.

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  27. So if Andy pulls out of Queen's, David will get a bye to the 2nd round?
    I don't want that. :( I want to see him on Monday or Tuesday, where I was counting on him being one of their biggest names, so surely on Centre Court.

    And poor Joyce - she's only going on Tuesday!

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  28. Not certain yet. Andy not out yet (though very possible). And perhaps I forgot someone again, who knows... ;)

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  29. I just looked at the player list, and I THINK that with the withdrawals, David would be 10th with Andy, 9th without.

    Ssssh - please don't tell him that I want him to have to play an extra round. ;)

    I'm afraid I think Andy would be sensible to withdraw. Which would also be a shame for the tournament.

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  30. #1 Nadal, #2 Murray(?), #3 Roddick, #4 Wawrinka, #5 Tsonga, #6 Simon, #7 Verdasco, #8 Cilic - #9 David, if Murray plays

    That's what I think (relevant for the seeding is the ranking as of this week).

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  31. He could definitely use an extra round. Though for me, it would actually be great if he didn't play on Monday...

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  32. Tuesday would be good though. ;-)

    I think it was Querrey that made me think David would be one place lower, as he's listed between Tsonga and Cilic on the Queen's site, which doesn't follow his ranking (I didn't notice that at first).

    Since he won last year, it might be possible that they will seed him higher than his ranking, as maybe they make adjustments for grass like Wimbledon. Although I can't say I have any other association in my head for Queerrey and grass, so it seems a bit odd.

    The site doesn't actually say the list is linked to seedings anyway.

    Well, we'll find out tomorrow.

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  33. Sorry - Querrey. that was a genuine typo. I usually type him as something like Querrery.

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  34. But isn't Wimbledon the only event that does its own seeding? I think so.

    Anyway, yep - we'll find out tomorrow. And yep - Tuesday would be fine. :)

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  35. Yes, I reckon they've just shoved Mr Q's name in randomly. After all - David is at the bottom of the list! :-0

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  36. Does it go QF after the 2nd round or is there a 3rd round?I suspect theres no 3rd round so only 4 matches for u respected title,sound good.Maybe even Rafa pulls out if he looses to Roger,then things would really open up.

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  37. There is a third round before QF. And Murray hasn't pulled out yet. ;)

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  38. I am back, after shutting down the internet here for 2 days (on purpose). some interesting things you've been talking about. Hope Andy pulls out, so does Rafa. in a couple of hours we found out who will david play on Monday. i would love if he gets a bye, as much as would love to see him 1 day earlier.

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  39. I certainly hope Andy doesn't pull out, but I'll be there on Tuesday AND Wednesday Istabraq, no matter what. Only 2 hours till the draw...

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  40. I would definitely like to see David play a first round match. After all what he needs most is matches. Maybe get through two or three rounds and then polish things up at Boodles. Guess we'll know shortly.

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  41. Noubar!!!! Outrage!
    You want Joyce and me and thousands of others to go to a tournament that's lost Nole, Andy and Rafa?! Too cruel. ;)

    Though of course it would give David a better opportunity to pick up some points he's going to need very soon. Maybe we'll get a David-Delpo final yet. Once the draw is out we'll know if that's a possibility.:)

    Joyce, it's good to hear you'll be there two days. I was a bit misleading anyway, I'm afraid. I was thinking the top seeds didn't play until Wednesday, but I see from last year's draw that at least some of them have their second rounds on Tuesday.

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  42. hey quys i have some good news.
    Del potro, Brands, Tsonga, Nalbandian and roddick were all in the court in queens 1 hour ago, hitting some balls.
    they say things are very friendly between delpo and david. and banter between roddick and nalbandian.

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  43. They talked briefly, there was a hug and some "affectionate tummy-patting" between David and Delpo (tweeted by Gauloises/New Balls Please, who's at QC).
    Well, it looked like they were friends back at IW 2009. Then the drama continued. I don't really trust these two together, anymore...

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  44. Ah, I see she was replying to you, Noubar. :)

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  45. hahaha you are everywhere Julia. just checked my twitter, so shucttler

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  46. Yeah, good old Schüttler. David once tanked a match against him at Halle... lol

    And yeah, I know she's at QC. I've got her blog linked on VD. ;)

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  47. Draw has started. Murray has not withdrawn.

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  48. she is a david fan?

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  49. She's actually much more of a Delpo fan. But but we're fellow bloggers and have exchanged a few emails. :)

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  50. thats very nice to hear, and yea maybe i remember once i checked her blog, she was recommending VD for the david fans.

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  51. Hmmm, maybe I should get down to Queen's tomorrow, ostensibly to watch the qualifying matches...

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  52. So I know now who Rafa and Andy Murray might face in R2 but no news about David's place in the draw on the Twitter front, so far.

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  53. ya they stoped twitting abt the draw

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  54. Now we're going to find out how long it'll take them to get it online...

    Istabraq, a tiny little bit of stalking, after all? ;)

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  55. My camera likes to stalk - and I have to go with it, obviously. ;)

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  56. the draw is OUT



    http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2011/311/mds.pdf



    nice draw for nalby, plays marchenko in R1

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