Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rankings, Races and Grants - and apparently soon a new Coach

First of all, the weekly and slightly belated look at the rankings. David has lost three places and is now ranked #24. Which is the result of those 130 ranking points having come off now that he gained for his two victories at last year's Davis Cup quarterfinal in Moscow.

In the meantime, and while the dead rubbers were being played at the Parque Roca on Saturday (which Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco also won, completing the 5-0 victory for Argentina), David paid a visit to the Hipódromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires, where he "spent a relaxed day" at the horse races, talking to jockey Pablo Falero and "enjoying chats with other spectators and regulars of the place".
(Source; photo: La Nacion)

- And probably also enjoying a last chance to hang out with friends and have a good time before the start of the preparations for Washington and the US hardcourt swing. Those preparations, and David's first tennis training since Wimbledon, were scheduled to begin yesterday, under the supervision of his coach Luis Lobo. But as Argentine journalist Guillermo Salatino tweeted last night,
On July 31 the Lobo/Nalbandian work relationship is going to end. He'll be there to help him prepare for Washington but he's not going to travel with him. The name of his new coach is not yet known.
Finally, and in case you were wondering what happened with the auction for David's foundation and the print of David as Caravaggio's Narcissus, in the end it was sold for $4800, a little less than the estimated price but still enough to make it the most expensive piece. In total, the auction raised over $60.000.
And an additional $10.000 will come from the ATP, as part of the new ATP Aces For Charity grant programme. It's the first time that the ATP awards $10.000 grants to charitable causes under the patronage of players or tournaments and David's Fundación Nalbandian is among those that have been chosen.

Edit: Back home from Buenos Aires by now, David was at the stadium in Córdoba last night to watch Argentina play Costa Rica, a match of the Copa América (football). The 'Albiceleste' won 3-0 and David got the chance to meet (and exchange numbers; or at least that's what it looks like in this pic) with Argentina's superstar Lionel Messi.

20 comments:

  1. great post, thank you.
    nice to see david and messi together

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  2. I think David was asking for his autograph. ;)

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  3. With his cell phone? ;)

    You're welcome, Noubar. And yeah, always nice to see them together. :)

    Now, the interesting question is - who will be David's new coach? The first name to be rumoured is Luli Mancini. But who knows, after Javier recently accompanied David to Britain, maybe they'll make some kind of part-time deal.

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  4. I hope the new coach will be Boris Becker

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  5. haha, in that case David would maybe work harder and have more fun

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  6. I didn't realise until now that Lobo isn't coaching Pico anymore. Only just read about it.

    Is he coaching someone else, does anyone here know, or is it maybe that he doesn't want to travel with players anymore?

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  7. Rumour has it that he'll be coaching Rafa next season.

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  8. Rafa? I understand that David and Rafa share a lot of things, maneger physio, but lobo ? lol is he that good?

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  9. But Rafa new Coach? What is with uncle Toni? No, I can't imagine that...

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  10. Just passing on what I've read. Whether it's true or will be in the future - who knows.

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  11. I was only a bit surprised about that rumor :-) but interesting what is rumored. The most important is that David gets a new good coach!
    But thank you for updating us!

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  12. its not that shocking, just weird. its not even confirmed, just a rumor. But they both have the same maneger, so maybe he recommended the name to rafa, since uncle tony started to skip traveling with nadal from time to time, an extra coach to rafa

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  13. I guess a recommendation like that could've come from Carlos Moya. After all, Lobo was his coach for a while. But yeah, he might become an addition to Rafa's team - if it's going to happen.

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  14. Any news about David,when is he going up to Washington?

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  15. No news, nothing. I guess he'll travel to Washington the week before the tournament starts.

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  16. Juan Carlos Ferrero,2 years older than David and also suffering from many injuries just made the finals of Stuttgart.It makes me feel that David can also play some more great tennis.Its also great to see the guys born in the early 80s still going strong.

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  17. Hmm yes an additional coach could be possible, sounds like a logical option. Time will tell.

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  18. Adrian, yeah, it's good to see Ferrero doing well - while he's still around. He said he'll probably end his career at Valencia this year...

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  19. I heard that news too,I think though that some good results and good health leading up to Valencia could change his mind.

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  20. I don't know if he'll change his mind again. It's just that this question - how much longer? - is starting to come up with more and more players I like.

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