Monday, August 1, 2011

Ready To Go...



As the clip above shows, David (ranked #27 as of this week) has by now arrived in Washington and he has started training at the tournament venue, the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center. This video is the first one in a series of altogether seven short clips of David practicing. The others you can watch here: part two, part three, part four, part five, part six and part seven.
And as far as it's possible to tell these clips seem to support David's statement that was released via the official site and its extensions:
I've been training hard to return to the circuit and to play this tournament. I'm very fit and happy to play in Washington again, where I won the title last year. I hope to have a good tournament and then to go on preparing for the US Open and Davis Cup semifinal.
Tonight, not before 7pm local time, David's first opponent at Washington this year will be decided in the match between James Blake and Tatsuma Ito. And as this match takes place today, David might already get to play on Tuesday (and if that's not the case then definitely on Wednesday).

Edit: Three more clips of David, training at Washington, from the same series as above:
part eight, part nine and part ten.

Update
Here's a little something to pass the time until David's first match, a recent interview with David, only just discovered & translated - and worth the read. You'll find it in this backdated post:
David: I'm not yet thinking about the End.

17 comments:

  1. I'll add that Bet365 have Washington on their live coverage list for Thursday (i.e. third round). Their lists are not always reliable but there might be a chance for coverage to start a day earlier than expected.

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  2. yes, Julia :) fingers crossed!

    David training shirtless is always a bonus lol :) He looks fit

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  3. Too bad the camera person didnt show the other guy for a second,any idea who it could be?

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  4. If ferrer was participating, i would say ferrer lol.
    i can't even load the videos, youtube is being filtered by the gov in Syria :@

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  5. David was training with F. Gonzales :)
    youtube.com/watch?v=sNws2cGu4uM

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  6. Yesterday I watched the full final match in Madrid 2007 and I was impressed how David after the first set hold all his service games and being 3 times 0:30 down on his own serve inclusive one time with only second serves :)

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  7. aww thank you Ashot :)
    the Spanish accent sounds soooo summertime lol.

    it's great that it was Gonzalez and his forehand, a perfect sparring partner for David hehe.

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  8. lovely interview, expected answers i might say. Its funny he knows he has the best backhand lol, but interesting that he chose roddick serve over isner/karlovic.

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  9. Well, some things are new. Most notably that he doesn't give an estimated number of years he has left and saying that he has accepted those frequent injuries as part of the whole thing.
    And as for Roddick, well, tradition... ;)

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  10. he mentioned the players from his generation :)

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  11. yes he played Roddick many more times than Isner, so he can relate lol :)

    all these years people from everywhere citing him as one of the best backhands of the Tour, he know he has it haha.

    I'm pretty sure he enjoys answering short questions more than longer ones!

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  12. and the interviewer knew it too lol

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  13. As I suspected yesterday, No. 2 seed Mardy Fish has withdrawn from Legg Mason. Fish suffered a foot injury during his loss to Ernie Gulbis at Los Angeles. This doesn't really effect David unless he makes it to the final, since Fish was on the opposite side of the draw. Also while Europe sleeps, Blake has won his match against Ito. I suspect David will be quite ready for James. Yesterday was the first time I've seen Gulbis play a whole match. What a talent.

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  14. wow he plays today, so happy, fingers crossed to david. for a new beginning

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  15. Yep, today's the day. :)

    John, yeah - Gulbis... Talent and headcase. Though training under Willy Cañas seems to be doing him good. Well, I guess one of the reasons I like Gulbis is that his voice sounds almost exactly like Marat's. And he has a pretty similar sense of humour, too. :)

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  16. haha, what a silly reason to like Gulbis. :) (Yes I realize it wasn't entirely serious) I remember that interview on MTF which lasted several pages because he admitted that he wasn't really into training that much.

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