Monday, April 29, 2013

Off the Beaten Track

(FM Universo)

UpdateII (01/05)
The latest news: David will travel to Barcelona today to see Dr. Angel Ruiz-Cotorro (source).
The official reason is the "numbness" in his shoulder, though it appeared to be fine, last weekend.
(Edit: Some photos from Sunday's polo final and the trophy ceremony now on the Photo Page.)

With the European clay-court swing in full sway now, Rafa Nadal won his eighth title at Barcelona yesterday, while Lukas Rosol, Czech Davis Cup player, won his first ever ATP title in Bucharest.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, David as well won a title yesterday. After extra time and an improvised penalty shoot-out that saw David scoring the decisive goal his team won the "Torneo 109 Aniversario de Washington Polo Club" (source). It was the perfect ending for a long polo weekend during which David played four games in as many days.

All of that less than a week after the release of an official statement that spoke of a shoulder problem David was supposed to have had since the Davis Cup quarterfinal, of tests and examinations, and of a delayed and still uncertain date for his return to the Tour. Back then, I wrote in the comments that this statement might be something like an "alibi", an official reason for not playing at the moment so that he doesn't get bothered because of it. And given what has happened since then, David playing polo and a total lack of further news about the shoulder - I think that seems to be the case.

So David's shoulder is obviously okay. But when can we expect to see him at a tennis tournament again? Well, your guess is as good as mine. As long as David doesn't talk about how he intends to spend the coming months, whether in an interview or in form of another press release, there's no way of knowing.

Four years ago (after David's hip surgery) I wrote a post, saying that I didn't really know how much was going to happen in the next few months but that I'd try to keep the blog going, though perhaps at a slower pace. And I can basically just say the same again right now. I don't know how much tennis David is going to play in the months to come. And I don't know when (or if) he's going to let us in on his plans.
But I'll keep this blog going, whether or not there will be much to report, just maybe at a slower pace.

Update (30/04)
In the meantime the ITF has officially announced the venues for the Davis Cup semifinal in September. Serbia will host Canada at the Belgrade Arena. And as expected, the Czech team has chosen to play on a fast indoor hardcourt at the O2 Arena in Prague:

(Martin Sidorjak/


  1. so basically the "shoulder" injury was an "alibi", which is understandable and I'm glad that David seems okay, he wouldn't play polo otherwise :)
    My guess for the coming weeks is that David might stay in Argentina, waiting for Victoria to give birth to their child, maybe until mid-June, and then he'll start the grass season, hopefully. What do you guys think? :)

  2. I don't know. I think he may wait until Wimbledon is over before he considers playing another tournament.

  3. I have no idea what he's going to do.
    In any case this whole episode is typical, and in more than one way.

  4. Maybe he really won't play any more tournies before DC. He's gone into DC ties after a break before, and managed to win, so I don't think he'll be that worried about lack of matches.

    It really is looking to me like he has lost any motivation for playing on the tour. With the added complications of needing wild cards, the baby being due and the ever-present risk of injury before the event that matters, does he really want to bother? We know he has plenty of other interests to focus on in his post-tennis career - maybe the polo tournament is a sign that he's already looking ahead to that time.

    I think there is a chance that once the baby is actually here, he may find that after all there are more important things in life than the Davis Cup, and I hope this is so for his sake, as I don't think 2013 is going to be the year for Argentina. I would like him to retire happy, and not under a cloud of disappointment and "might-have-beens".

  5. On a selfish note (heh!) I kind of hope that despite the cloud of euphoria at being a papa, he finds that after a couple of weeks, the novelty of the crying and the nappies wears off a bit, prompting him to take a little break in England to relax at Boodles and take up that Wimbledon wild card he's sure to be offered. ;)

    Sorry, Victoria!

  6. The official version is that he'll return, that the question is not "if" but "when". But well, the official version doesn't have to mean anything, as we've just seen.
    And if there's one thing I don't have any doubts about then it's David retiring happy, also if they lose the DC SF. Nobody, including the guys themselves, could've possibly foreseen that they'd get this far without Delpo. It's already a triumph, no matter what happens in Prague. And I think this season is the most fun David has had in DC in years, in terms of team spirit etc.

  7. The new update doesn't sound good to me... he jumps in a plane to Europe to see his doctor, so I think it has to be really serious, or is it just me?

  8. In the past, the one thing that could make David get on a plane to see Ruiz-Cotorro was his hip injury.

  9. Exactly... poor David, hopefully it is not that worse...

  10. Everyone, I just read that David was not playing Queen's this year. Should come as no surprise to anyone...