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.
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: