Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Season is Over - David out of the Indoor Swing

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For months, there were no updates of any kind on David's official website. Last night, a new press release was finally added.
But one with devastating news:
David Nalbandian announced today that together with his team he has decided not to take part in the European indoor swing, as a result of not having received the okay from his doctors, concerning the tear in his left abdominal oblique muscle.

Intially, David was planning to play the tournaments in Stockholm, Valencia and Paris-Bercy. However, the injury is not a simple one as the tear caused a small rupture in the area between the rib and the costal cartilage with an estimated recovery time of 6 to 10 weeks.

"The recovery from this injury was slow from the start and I haven't been able to get fit enough to return to the Tour as I had planned with my team."
So for David, the season is over. But while the press relase confirms the worst case scenario for 2012, you'll notice that it doesn't make any mention of a return in 2013. Tamar (thanks!) talked to Bernardo Ballero, David's spokesman, who told her that David still has to decide what he'll do next year and that there's still reason to hope.

Fue Buena add that if possible, David will play the Copa Argentina, the exhibition event in Buenos Aires, in December. But that, apart from his physical state, this will also depend on what his plans are going to be for the next year. And right now, no one can say with certainty.

20 comments:

  1. Bad news, and horrible end to the season, just all of a sudden. :(

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  2. Bad news indeed! I hope we don't recieve anymore bad news by the end of this year. The unfolding of the events are making me feel pessimistic

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  3. think we can say now that in David's case, no news tends to mean really bad news coming soon. Maybe I should've known...

    It's difficult to be optimistic at this point. Though I simply cannot imagine that he'd want Winston-Salem to go down in history as the last tournament he played. Or that he'd leave without a proper goodbye.
    We'll have to wait and see what he decides.

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  4. The problème came from adducteur opération and the déséquilibre betwenn abdominal muscle and adducteur , who is due to David constitution type . He schould work on rising his abdominal power

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    1. Well, first of all he'll have to decide whether he'll keep on playing...
      When David had all those adductor and hamstring injuries, it was pretty obvious that they were a consequence of his hip surgery. But I don't think that this abdominal tear, located close to his ribs, has anything to do with the adductor surgery he had over one and a half years ago. I'd also say it's not his "type" but his way of hitting his groundstrokes that makes him vulnerable to them.

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    2. Hi i dont know if the hip Surgey was a success diagnostic or therapy , but the Surgey hé got in Argentine were more success in diagnostic and thérapie . David havé already this type of tear when hé was dominating Federer in thé semi at Roland garros , before hip Surgey , so you are right too. But at this période David used to havé more Weight then other plâyers and agassi made him this remark in 2004. There is always à proportion betwenn up and down thé pubis of muscle power , who dépend on type and musculation . So all i CAN say vamos David and waiting for u soon . U still young

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    3. Well, the adductor surgery didn't stop the adductor problems from happening the way it was supposed to. And David has had abdominal tears throughout his career, regardless of how much weight he had at the time. As I've said, I think it's his way of playing.
      - That I still hope we'll get to see more of.

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  5. I think if he wants to retire he should go out at the AO open.

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  6. Far away from home? I think that if he's going to retire early next year then it'll be at the Copa Claro.

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  7. Thats not that bad either, AO then Buenos Aires.Maybe even win the last tournament he plays in.Ending at Winstom Salem is no way of going out for a player who achieved and meant as much to the game as David.

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  8. Yeah, I can't imagine he'd want to let it end like that.
    But I'm still hoping he'll give DC one last shot. One more season, whatever it's going to look like.

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  9. Damn. I don't check in to VD for two days (a real rarity) and look what happens. I really thought David would recover and be OK to play the European indoor swing. Such a shame. David was probably in the best shape he's been in in some time this year. A real lean machine. I almost think he was less injury prone when he was heavier, back in the days when the commies used to joke that he looked like he'd been eating too many donuts. Of course that was before hip surgery. I really think David tried his damnedest to get back into the Top 20 this year. Maybe he tried too hard. Of course we'll never know what he really did. Diet, training, whatever. Anyway, I hope it isn't over. Can't imagine he wants to hang it up after the frustration of this season. So let's hope he opts for Copa Argentina, Auckland (remember Auckland?), the Aussie Open and Copa Claro. Then see what happens.

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    1. I think he'll either play one more season or he'll just go for a proper goodbye at the Copa Argentina and/or the Copa Claro. Because he said he won't be doing things by halves (and that sounds a bit like a threat by now).
      It was the flu he caught last year after the double surgery that made him lose a lot of weight, too much weight back then. And he hasn't been chubby ever since.
      I think he had great expectations for this season. Probably a bit too great. But hopefully, he'll say - forget about 2012, I'm going to play another year of DC plus some events that I like.

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  10. I really hope he won't retire at Copa Claro, though it'd be normal for him to say goodbye on home soil :( it's still too soon :(
    I still keep faith on him giving a last chance to DC in 2013, even if it means a very light schedule throughout the season.
    Hold on David!!! get well soon!

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  11. Is nalby going to be there for juanqui’s farewell tournament in Valencia? I mean I thought they were friends, and it’s not like he’s going to have a packed schedule in the next weeks…Or months…Or years (?)

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    1. Well, if they're friends then Juanqui will understand that David is in a very difficult situation right now, don't you think?

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  12. Yeh its really tough to take this. I mean the news is absolutely shockin. Davids had an amazing career, proud of him, past 11 years watchin him been great. I dont personally think he'll end it like this. I still think he has some desire of winning, such as the DC and maybe if he takes this break to get ready for next season who knows? Im not saying definently he'll play but I dont reckon he'll just leave like that. I reckon he will play next season but maybe a bit less.

    I think 2k12 he had high expectations and especially when he went to QF indian wells nearly beatin rafa he was on dreamland what a match against tsonga tht was he had good form. People would say queens was probably where it all went wrong coz of the seedings that he wouldve got a better draw if he even finished runner up or won it. That he probably would still be kicking himself but i think he just needs to play 2k13 full season fingers crossed

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  13. I think we all hope that he plays another year. But that's up to him.
    This season certainly wasn't what he must've been hoping for. I've said it before, I think that not being able to beat Rafa (and Murray) hurt more than it made him happy. And I think that QC was where it all went wrong. Not so much because of the ranking points he lost and the draws that followed but because of how he came across on court afterwards, with all the positivity just gone. I don't know if he can put this season behind him. I also don't know how much he still trusts his own body to hold up another year. - All we can do is wait and see what he decides.

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  14. What a shame for David. He is one of my favourite players on tour. I think his double handed backhand has got to be in the TOP 5 list of all times. Despite the younger guys overpowering him now, his technique is superb and it's joy to watch when he plays.

    You can check Nalbandian's backhand Analysis here:

    http://www.stevegtennis.com/David-Nalbandian-Backhand-Analysis-And-Slow-Motion/

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