Saturday, July 2, 2011

David out of Davis Cup Quarterfinal

Update (04/07)
Still no statement from David, who's ranked #21 as of this week (having gained two places).
But there's another quote from the Argentine team's doctor Javier Maquirriain which makes it clear that there's more to this injury than a very visible haematoma:
The injury is like a tear. It's an important muscular problem. It's best for him not to play.
And because it is, once again, a muscular problem it will require some time to heal.
The estimated recovery time is three weeks. After that he'll have to take up training again in order to be able to play. (Source.)
With Washington merely four weeks away that makes it sound like there's little chance of David playing it.

Edit: Some additional quotes from David's spokesman Bernardo Ballero:
He pulled out because he can't play Davis Cup and that's why he's going to support his teammates during the tie.
David really wanted to play but he realised that it's better not to take risks and to leave his place on the team to somebody else. (Source.)


At a meeting today with David and his team, Tito Vázquez, vice captain Ricardo Rivera and the Argentine team doctor Javier Maquirriain it was decided that David is not in the shape to play the quarterfinal tie against Kazakhstan because of adductor problems.
Argentine news agency Telam quotes Maquirriain:
David has a very visible haematoma. The injury, which he suffered during his match against Roger Federer at Wimbledon, is related to his last surgery, something that typically happens after these operations. Therefore together with his kinesiologist we agreed that it's better to rest and not play this tie.
So there's obviously more to those adductor problems than it seemed during the match - a lot more. If it's enough to keep David from playing Davis Cup...
There's no statement from David himself, yet. There's only the following comment from Tito Vázquez:
Without a doubt it's an important loss for the team. David is a great player and it was a luxury to have him. In spite of his desire to play we have agreed on a replacement for him.
And that replacement is going to be Eduardo Schwank, who'll now get his place on the team, after all.

That's all the news there is at the moment. Though the question is of course why the surgery that David had in order to put an end to those muscular problems is now the cause of more muscular problems - and how that can be a typical consequence.
Once more we can only wait and see what's going to come out of this...

28 comments:

  1. thats the last thing i expected to find when i opened VD, shocking

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  2. If he isnt able to play the US hard court swing I think he can fall out of the top 100.

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  3. I didn't see it coming when I made the previous post about the DC schedule...

    But now I'm seriously starting to wonder how much longer he's going to put up with these constant injuries.

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  4. I always thought that the end isnt near and that David still has chances for good runs at MS and GS but now Im also thinking how long will he put up with these constant injuries.And I was so happy about this tie :(.

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  5. I mean, how can he not grow tired of this endless cycle of playing a few matches, injury, recovery, playing a few matches, injury, recovery...

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  6. Im really afraid his next match could be the DC SF,but I hope its not that bad just that something is there and he knows its Kazakhstan and Delpo is also on the team and that its not a situation where if he doesnt play they wont pass through to the SF.I really hope its something like that.

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  7. I do think that he's much more careful and sensible now. Not like in the "old days" when he played DC, even on all three days, with his hip injury.
    And I also think that he'll probably be back in time for Washington. I'm more worried about the general situation and the possible implications for his career.

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  8. Ya I hope he can find the mental strength to get over this.Its gonna be tough to defend Washington.He has a month to recover,maybe its serious,maybe its just precaution.Well have to wait for a statement from him.It is strange though that only a day ago he was all happy about DC and there was no word of this,is this a good or bad sign I do not know.

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  9. It's normal for David. Saying everything is okay and then pulling out of the next event. We've had that many times before.
    What I mean with implications for his career is whether he'll grow tired enough of it to retire once and for all.

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  10. Hematomas are bruises. In David's cases, it's probably a deep bruise (pool of blood) due to surgery. It should resolve itself in time. To my understanding, this is not a serious injury - not even really an injury at all, simply a side effect of the surgery he had, which is unfortunate, but happens. My personal belief is he'll be fine for the hardcourt swing. I could be wrong, but I'm optimistic about it.

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  11. The surgery was almost four months ago. And it's not like we always get to know the full extent of the problem...
    Still, I'm optimistic when it comes to David, being ready to play the US hardcourt events.
    But the question is - will it go on like this, even after the latest surgery, and when will he have enough of it.

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  12. Thought I'd checked VD prior to Wimbledon this morning and now this shocking news. WOW! "It's déjà vu all over again". The injury doesn't sound serious, but I agree we have to wonder how much longer David is willing to put up with all these injuries.

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  13. to quote Noubar : "thats the last thing i expected to find when i opened VD, shocking"

    Shocking and sad news. Thanks for your comments, Julia. Relevant.

    I'm worried for the next months...

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  14. Does anyone think David is going to give a statement?I think he will probably watch the matches and be there to support the team,so maybe then someone will interview him.

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  15. This is very unexpected and disappointing. :(

    Do you think Vazquez's comment "In spite of his desire to play we have agreed on a replacement for him" suggests the agreement didn't include David himself?

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  16. No, I think it's about saying - David wanted to play but he can't. Vázquez sometimes has a bit of a complicated way of putting things.

    Adrian, there will be interviews and statements, sooner or later. That there hasn't been anything so far is, I think, a sign of what a blow this has been for David. Because the press will want to talk to him, only that right now he obviously doesn't want to talk.

    Of course I'll keep my eyes open and I'll post any interview I can find. But whether his statements will go beyond what he usually says in situations like this - we'll see.

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  17. Well, hopefully David has accepted (without too much anguish) he can't play this time, and trusts the team to get them through to the semi-final.

    And if Delpo plays a major role in that, it could even help their relationship.

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  18. Looks like I was too optimistic about this injury...
    I thought he'd be okay in time for Washington. Now I'm no longer so sure.

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  19. thats some bad news Julia, but 3 weeks from now or since the injury(federer match) ?

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  20. It would indeed be a shame if David wont play Washington,500 points will just go away.Even if he does play he will again be without practice and it will be tough to beat top players.Why cant just for once these injuries turn out to be small ones and the news get better not worse.

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  21. I'm not sure, Noubar. But in any case, if he gets to play Washington then it'll be without much time to prepare for it, as Adrian said.

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  22. again and again :(

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  23. That is unfair, why always David, can't he be simply healthy?
    I also wodered if the three weeks count from now or the Roger match... would be one week more to prepare. If David feels not completely bad I would try Washington, he has nothing to loos. If he doesn't go the 500 points are away anyway so why not giving it a try. But that's just me and my two cents.
    Get well very soon David.

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  24. I think that if possible, he will try to play Washington. But if he's not 100% fit and ready then he has something to lose, as the injury could flare up again or he might suffer another one. And that could not only keep him from defending his Washington points but also those from Toronto and Cincy (maybe also USO). - It's going to be a difficult decision.

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  25. well, he injury did happen 10 days ago, and yet 30 days until Washington. We are talking about 40 days here, he might recover sooner than expected. But thats not the problem here, the recurrence of these types of injuries is. I wonder how long David can still take it. This is his favorite part of the season, and for once i want him to enter and finish it healthy.

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  26. Yeah, though it could just as well take longer than expected. Wouldn't be the first time.

    But the real problem here is of course a different one. And I guess it's time for a post about it...

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  27. Hope your math is right, Noubar. I can handle David not playing against Kazakhstan, but missing Washington and the summer hard-court season would be really bad. It's amazing to think he's now No. 21 and has played so little. Any kind of good health and he'd probably be up around No. 10 or so.

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  28. More than half of the ranking points he has at the moment are from last year's US hardcourt swing, 860 in total. Those points, including the 500 for winning Washington, did a lot to keep his ranking as high as it's been. But now those points will start coming off soon...

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