Monday, January 28, 2013

David: Davis Cup a Common Goal - for Almost Everybody


Before it's all about the upcoming first-round tie against Germany again, here's another interview with David. An interview that's making waves in the Argentine media at the moment - and for obvious reasons. Up until now, David (ranked #88 as of this week) didn't lose too many words about Delpo and his decision not to play any Davis Cup ties this year. But Cecilia Caminos and Ignacio Pereyra from the news agency dpa asked David what he thinks about Delpo's move, as well as about Martin Jaite and Mariano Zabaleta and a few other things in connection with the Davis Cup and the team.
Here's the complete interview (via Cancha Llena):

Q: There are reports, saying Del Potro doesn't want to be part of the team as long as Nalbandian is there. Is that true?

David: You'll have to ask him.

Q: Have you never wondered about that?

David: About what? I'm saying that when it comes to representing the country you have to try and be there. I played together with twenty or more different teammates, under five different captains, and more than anything else I've always been ready to represent the country.

Q: Wouldn't it be better to clean up the strange atmosphere that surrounds the team?

David: And how do you clean it up? That is over, it's 2013 now, you have to think about how to win in 2013. Last year, we reached the semifinal, the year before that we reached the final. So that's over.

Q: Would you talk to Del Potro about returning to the team?

David: He made his decision in December. He should've talked to the captain.

Q: Did you hear it from somebody else that Del Potro won't be playing?

David: No, Martin [Jaite] told me about it.

Q: Del Potro didn't talk to the players?

David: No, he didn't talk to anybody. He talked to Martin, I think, and to nobody else. That's okay, you have to inform the captain.

Q: If Argentina had to play relegation in order to stay in the World Group, would you still not try to convince him to play?

David: I hope he'll be there when we play the quarterfinal tie. But I think that he made a decision concerning his future and this whole year. It's his right to make choices about his future and his professional life. I dedicate myself to playing tennis and I think that everyone has to fulfill their roles.

Q: Do you think that you have different goals?

David: I think that as players we all have different goals because of the rankings, schedules, tournaments. But I think that the Davis Cup is a common goal that almost all of us, or all of us have.

Q: Does it seem counterproductive that vice-captain Marian Zabaleta, one of those in charge of trying to improve Del Potro's integration into the team, is at the same time negotiating with Del Potro about his appearance at the exhibition in Punta del Este?

David: But who said that's the role of the vice-captain?

Q: It's what has always been said, that this is his role.

David: I don't know if that's the role of the vice-captain, or if it's helping Martin on court and during the training sessions, talking about strategy. I don't know. One thing doesn't rule out the other.

Q: What does Jaite add [to the mix]?

David: I like how they work, I think that they plan and do things the right way. They get along really well, it's a fun team. That's what he adds.

Q: Does the Davis Cup make things difficult for those players, who want to focus on the circuit?

David: Changing surfaces and the calendar make it difficult but it's not impossible. They play Davis Cup everywhere and everbody suffers. It always takes place during weeks where you could get some rest if you're focusing on the circuit. In terms of the schedule it's uncomfortable for pretty much everybody. Everyone makes an effort to play, more or less. Or many make that effort.

Q: After putting so much effort into it, would it make you very angry not to win the Davis Cup? They say that the atmosphere among the players on the team didn't really help.

David: Well, not only the players... The media don't help, the leadership doesn't help. It's not just the player. The Asociación (AAT) is like that, too. There are many things that need to be done. Argentine tennis went through one of its best moments and we're still stuck in the same old situation, in the system, everything. The AAT depends on the Davis Cup. It's very difficult the way it is. I think it's all still pretty much the same, hopefully it can be changed.

Q: Are there new players coming up?

David: The new generations, 19 or 20 years old now, still need a couple of years. That where you see that there's no real plan. The players who come up, in brackets, do so by chance, or because of their talent or their own efforts. Turning pro is difficult.

Q: How many years more are you going to play?

David: I don't know, I'll play as long as I want to and feel that I have the strength to do it.

Q: Had Argentina won the Davis Cup in 2012, would you have retired?

David: But we didn't win it.

Q: But if you had?

David: Could be. Could have been. But it didn't happen.

Q: What does the Davis Cup stand for, for you?

David: Passion.

Q: And unfinished business?

David: ...Yeah.

Q: Ahead of the tie against Germany Argentina is hit by the absence of Del Potro, the injury of Edurardo Schwank and physical problems that other players are having. Do you feel there's the risk of [having to play] relegation?

David: Why? No, we're not San Lorenzo [I assume he means the football team; maybe some of VD's Argentine readers can explain what he means, that would be appreciated.]

Q: There's no 'spectre of relegation'?

David: No, no. That spectre was always there.


  1. thanks for the translation Julia! I was wondering the same thing about the San Lorenzo reference. On Twitter it looks like it made some people laugh but I guess it's an Argentine reference, there must be a story behind this football team, we need to know lol.
    I don't even want to think about relegation yet :( Vamos Argies!!!

  2. Interesting interview. Kind of typically understated David. It's not what he says, but what he infers. You know when he's asked about Delpo, he's being guarded. Not revealing too much. Maybe sarcastically diplomatic. But under his breath, he's saying, "why isn't that selfish chump playing?" I can't say that I blame David's responses. The media's trying to bait him into saying something negative about Delpo. Hope Pico is totally recovered and Charly plays lights out. I think David and Zeballos can win the doubles.

  3. Won't be easy. Kohlschreiber/Kas are a good doubles team (they already won a title this year, at Doha). Singles won't be easy, either with Kohlschreiber back, now that Kühnen is gone.
    As for the interview, well, it's obvious what he's really saying. And while I think it's better to be a bit more subtle and indirect about this, and while nobody can deny David's commitment to DC, I'd still like to see him take responsibility also for those things that didn't go so well on the team.

    Apart from that they actually held the press conferences today (see pic). More about that later tonight.

  4. This interview is making waves because of its subtlety...nothing more, nothing less. It's what he's NOT saying that's making the story interesting..and the media do not know how to take this. As for David taking responsibility, I don't know about that. What I DO know is that he's taken more blame that necessary.

    1. It's making waves because it's the latest chapter in the age-old saga of David and Delpo. The media love it, that's why this interview had been used (as a whole or in parts) by just about every newspaper/site there is in Argentina. And for my part, I think that David has never taken responsibility for anything bad that happened on the DC team.

    2. Neither has anyone else...a lot of finger-pointing going on. All these nation-teams are doing is shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic with all these coaching changes and leaving in their wake a bunch of chaos and confusion. Let's start with the coaches and federations, if you want to lay blame.

    3. If anyone needs to be asked about Delpo, it should be Jaite...since the conflict is with them. That's what David was ever so diplomatically suggesting.

    4. It's very easy to blame everybody else. I think it's not a bad idea to also look at your own mistakes before blaming others.

    5. I'm just wondering what exactly David has to take responsibility for...since everyone was so quick to throw an entire library at him for the 2008 fiasco. It took the entire team to sink that ship!

    6. Delpo's problem with Jaite probably dates back to 2008. But this isn't just about Mar del Plata.

    7. Again, that issue belongs to the two of them.

    8. As I've said, this isn't just about Mar del Plata.

  5. I asked an Argentine friend about the Lorenzo thing, and this was his reply:
    " San Lorenzo used to fight against relegation in the Argentinian 1st Division. He probably means they are losers "

  6. He probably means the DC team won't have to deal with relegation, i.e. the World Group play-offs. Let's hope he's right.

  7. Tell David not to mess with San Lorenzo, its a huge team,his River also were relegated and played in second division xd

  8. I know it happened to River - but of course he'd never ever cite them as an example. ;)