Here's a video of David, practicing today at the Inés Gorrochategui Academy in Villa Allende, around the corner from Unquillo. So he's indeed at home at the moment.
Hi there, everybody - I'm back and so is Vamos David. :)
Who isn't back yet, well, that's David. After making international headlines of the not exactly desirable sort, he's currently taking a break, also from the media. And that means - no news of any kind. So I can only speculate that he's probably still at home in Unquillo right now. Reviewing, perhaps, his season so far (something I intend to do in a future post). And he'll definitely be trying to recharge his batteries, gathering strength for what's to come...
It's still more than three weeks until the Olympics and I can't say whether in the meantime, there's going to be much to report. But once this current pause ends busy times are ahead, with a packed schedule for David from the Olympics all the way through to the Davis Cup semifinal in September. Here's a look at what's ahead.
- Wimbledon. Only that this time, he won't have to wear white, all matches will be best-of-three (except the final) and apart from singles, David will also be playing doubles with Edu Schwank, who, after learning about the ITF invitation, tweeted the following:
Lost for words after finding out that David and I have received an invitation to play the Olympic Games!!! More than happy!!! just that!!! a dream!
US Hardcourt Swing
Directly after the Olympics, the US (or, more accurately, the North American) hardcourt swing will start for David at the Rogers Cup, the Canadian Masters event that will be held in Toronto this year. At the moment, David is two withdrawals (or a wildcard) away from the main draw. But a couple of withdrawals are to be expected.
From Toronto it's then straight on to the second Masters, leading up to the US Open - Cincinnati. Which is not exactly David's favourite Masters event but thanks to the bigger draw (compared to the Rogers Cup) he already has his place in the main draw. After Cincy, David will get a week off ahead of the big one...
As always, this part of the season will culminate in the US Open (August 27 - September 9), the Slam that David has played more often than any of the other Slams and that he only missed in 2009 (for obvious reasons). Whether David might have a chance of being seeded at the US Open will depend on his results until then. Though especially Toronto and Cincy could be a chance for him to gain points and improve his ranking as he has only few points to defend at both of them.
Davis Cup Semifinal
After the US Open, for David it'll then be straight over to Buenos Aires for the Davis Cup semifinal tie against the Czech Republic (September 14-16). And after playing on grass and hardcourt, that will mean playing on clay. Whether captain Martin Jaite is going to rely on David for playing singles on the first day, or whether David will play the doubles with Edu Schwank and then perhaps the fifth rubber - we'll see.
So that's what's ahead in the coming weeks and months. - A lot. And that's why David is taking a break at the moment. The next three weeks will probably be somewhat uneventful. But after that...
Last but not least, Istabraq's photos from Wimbledon, of David's match against Tipsarevic but also of him, warming up with Juan Carlos Ferrero (and sharing a laugh with Jelena Jankovic) you can now view on the Photo Page.
Here, I'd like to take a moment to thank Istabraq and Denise for the great photos they've taken and for allowing me to post them here on VD. Thank you both!