No further news from David and his shoulder so far.
Finally some news - but not exactly good news:
David Nalbandian announces that there's a "numbness" in his right shoulder and that he doesn't know when he'll play again.It's the first time I see/hear anything about a shoulder problem. Apparently, it's tests and examinations for David at the moment to find out more before he can make any plans. In his words:
As soon as we have determined the cause of this problem I'll decide together with my team which tournaments I'm going to play.So David hasn't vanished completely, after all. But the uncertainty remains...
One of David's special talents, apart from playing tennis, is to disappear. To just go and seemingly
vanish into thin air, without leaving any hint or clue as to when he'll be back and what his plans are.
It's something he does on a fairly regular basis, something you get used to as a fan. And usually there are other ways of finding out what he'll do, where he'll play in the next months. But not this time, now that he can no longer enter main draws directly. This time, it's a true vanishing act.
Barcelona, previously mentioned as a possible candidate for his return, will take place without David.
That at least is absolutely certain (the draw came out today). And he's also not among those wildcard recipients that the Madrid organisers announced earlier this week. They still have one wildcard left. But
as there's still no sign of David, nothing to suggest that he'll return anytime soon, playing any of the European clay-court tournaments by now seems increasingly unlikely.
- Speculation. Right now, the only thing we know is that David will play the Davis Cup semifinal against the Czech Republic in what's probably going to be Prague, almost exactly five months from now (September 13-15). Everything else is speculation. How he'll spend these months, whether he'll play tournaments, when, where - until David decides to let us in on his plans we can only guess. And wait.
Though at least he agrees that even if the Davis Cup is all that matters, getting some match practice might not be a bad idea (from an interview he gave earlier this year):
It's very difficult to only play Davis Cup without being on the Tour. Without rhythm, without match practice, without anything. It's complicated.I don't know what he's going to do.Whether he might want to pay a last visit to Wimbledon (and Boodles). Whether he might play some of the US hardcourt events as preparation for the Davis Cup semifinal. Or whether he might still decide not to play any further tournaments. - Anything seems possible at this point.