Another day of training on the "very strange" court at the Stechert Arena, and two more pratice sessions for the Argentine team - or rather, for everyone on the Argentine team except David. After practicing with Juan Monaco in the morning (see clip above), David got the afternoon off "to rest". The fact that there haven't been further doubles practices with Eduardo Schwank could be a sign that David is going to play two singles matches, rather than the doubles and a singles. A theory that's now favoured among the Argentine press (i.e. Juan Monaco and David for singles, Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank for the doubles).
Meanwhile, there's been a change of plans - for Patrick Kühnen and the German team. Yesterday, Kühnen still seemed optimistic about Philipp Kohlschreiber's chances of recovering until the weekend. Today, however, Kohlschreiber withdrew from the tie, due to the stomach flu he's still suffering from. Or in the (tweeted) words of his teammate Tommy Haas:
Kohlschreiber not coming to join the team in bamberg, he is sick as a dog. this makes life this weekend a bit harder,feel better kohliKühnen will now nominate a replacement player, a choice that has to be made in time for tomorrow's draw ceremony. It is expected that Kühnen will nominate Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, who is in Bamberg and has been training with the team. Whether this means that Tommy Haas is going to be Germany's #2 singles player (as Martin Jaite expects) or whether perhaps also Philipp Petzschner will get to play a singles rubber - we'll see. In any case, Jaite stressed that "we have a lot of respect for the German team, regardless of Kohlschreiber's withdrawal" (source).
Tonight, it's time for the official dinner, which, according to the AAT Twitter, will take place at "a castle". And there are several of those in and around Bamberg.
Edit: Two (rather blurry) photos plus two new, better ones from the dinner on the Photo Page.
Well - and that's it from me, for the moment. Tomorrow, I'll be on my way to Bamberg to see David play live for the first time. I have been waiting for this opportunity for many years and now that I get the chance, I'm going to go to Bamberg not as a blogger - but simply as a fan.
So I'll leave you now in the more than capable hands of Krystle, who will cover the tie for you.
Vamos Argentina & VAMOS DAVID!