Wednesday, August 29, 2012

David's Injury - A Chronology of Events

With the help of Jorge Viale's article for ESPN, here's a look back at what happened during the last few days. From the moment David got injured until where we are now.

It happened on Sunday morning, at the Billie Jean King International Tennis Center, also known as the site of the US Open. On Court 11, David was in the middle of a doubles practice session together with Edu Schwank when he suddenly stopped because of a sharp pain he felt in his side. Thinking that it might have been a spasm of some sort, it was decided to wait until the next day, hoping that the problem would disappear until then.

On Sunday afternoon, David gave the interview to Clarin (that I posted on Monday). During it, he was asked how he was, ahead of the US Open and the double duty of playing singles and doubles that was awaiting him. David's reply: "I'm fine, physically with some minimal discomfort, so yeah, good." And at that moment he probably still believed, or at least hoped, that it was really just something minimal and that he'd be okay again the next day.

On Monday, however, he had to realise that there was no improvement. And it must've been during that day that the decision to withdraw was taken together with his team, which in this case means his physio Mariano Seara. Perhaps the first one to learn about it was Edu, as David told him that wasn't going to play the doubles, saying that it was "tough for him". Though it was also tough for Edu - who had travelled to New York for nothing.

On Tuesday, around noon, the Argentine journalists in New York knew that David was going to pull out of the US Open. But it wasn't until the early evening that David showed up on site for the required medical check and doping test (that apparently every player has to take, who retires without playing) and to officially inform the tournament organisers of his withdrawal. He didn't talk to any of the journalists on site.

Today, David already arrived back in Argentina and the medical examinations confirmed that the sharp pain his side was not just a distension but a tear in his left abdominal oblique muscle. With an estimated recovery time of 3 weeks. Rehabilitation also started today with the first exercises under the supervision of David's trusted kinesiologist and friend Diego Rodriguez. While the doctor in charge is Miguel Khoury, who has treated David before and is the physician of the Davis Cup team.

Theoretically, David won't be able to make it until the Davis Cup semifinal, which starts in around 2 weeks. Practically, he'll try anyway.

Update (30/08)
The Argentine news agency DyN quotes a source close to David:
The injury is very complex. From a medical point of view he's almost out of the tie.
But from a medical point of view he shouldn't have played against Romania, and he did. And he also shouldn't have travelled to Sweden, and he played.
- He'll try anyway...


  1. I actually think IF he plans to continue next year, he should take the rest of the year off, or only play a doubles match in November, if Argentina reaches DC final.

    I think this injury is a huge blow for him to carry on. It is very frustrating both to himself and his fans...

    It seems his body could no longer cope with competitive tennis anymore...

    1. It's a typical injury for David. He's had abdominal strains and tears throughout his career. Picked up one during the USO SF vs Roddick. In the RG SF vs Fed. Or the one that delayed his comeback after hip surgery, to name only a few. This injury now is another chapter in that long history. Though it obviously comes as a big shock, after such a long time without any injuries, and with this kind of timing.

      Whether or not he plans to go on playing, I can't imagine that he'd want to go into a DC final at the Parque Roca, the biggest of all possible scenarios, without having played some more matches. Also because I think he still hopes for a chance to play more than just the doubles.

  2. Bad news :( :(
    So that was the minimal discomfort David was talking about...

    I assume he won't make it to the DC semifinal. But 3 weeks for a muscle tear is pretty short for an estimated recovery time, so the rest of the season is not in danger, I hope.

    We have to get ready to spot him courtside during DC weekend and not on court... Too bad :(

  3. I don't think 3 weeks is particularly short for a tear and I guess it also depends on how big the tear is. Though this is something I haven't been able to find out.
    I'm just not really sure whether I want him to somehow get "fit" in time for the DC SF. - And then perhaps play the doubles and get injured again (and maybe more badly). In this case, perhaps it would be better for him to stay courtside. Hoping of course that the others will beat the Czechs and he gets another chance in the final.

  4. I kinda think the same. It's probably best if he just supports the team this time and give himself proper time for recovery. It's gonna be weird though watching Argentina playing DC without David!

    Seriously guys those verfication codes suck!

    1. I would get rid of them if I could.

    2. I wish you could ;) Dont' worry about it! I was going mad when I wrote that, I didn't count but it took me no less than 7 tries to have that post up :p

  5. I think if its not a unbearable pain, and if Delpo pulls out he should give it a go, this is the only real goal of his career right now, Idk, a really tough decision.

  6. But would an injured David be able to save the day if Delpo pulled out? I mean, I just cannot help but think of the R1 tie against Romania last year and how that ended.

  7. roddick is retiring :(. davydenko nalbandian hewitt gonzalez, an exellent generation is gone , so sad

  8. Well, not just yet, in the case of David, Kolya and Hewitt. Roddick very soon though, yeah. I'll miss him. And I miss Feña.

  9. Here I thought the biggest story yesterday was Klizan's upset win, and then Roddick decides to retire. I'm amazed Andy has been able to play this long without his shoulder falling off. Gonzo, now Andy. It's the beginning of the changing of the guard.