Monday, August 12, 2013


Update (13/08)
In a new interview Martin Jaite said that there's "a slight hope" that David might play in Prague but that it's "going to be difficult". Of course David wants to play but if he's not ready then Jaite and Zabaleta "will nominate another player".
He started training again last Wednesday. This week he's in Buenos Aires. We're going to evaluate [his form] and at some point we'll have to make a decision. We'll see how he does but it's been a long time since he last played tennis and he's had two surgeries. It's not easy. Later this week we'll have a clearer picture and then we'll decide.

No news from the practice court, no interviews, nothing.
During the last couple of days it's been quiet on the David front again. Except for an official statement he was forced to release - for different and rather unusual reasons.
To David's "absolute surprise and indignation" his photo appeared on the election poster seen here, showing him together with candidate Marisa Arias and the slogan 'we are better'. Without David's approval or consent.
A move that might end up having legal consequences. To quote David's statement, "my lawyers are reviewing the possibility of taking legal action because of this illegal use of my image" (source).

An image that some of you will recognise.
Especially Istabraq - after all, she's the one who took the original photograph of David two years ago at Boodles.
And although heavily photoshopped for the use on the poster, with the original Stoke Park background as well as the Yonex logo on David's shirt removed, it's still easily recognisable as Istabraq's photo (probably taken from Wikipedia where it's part of David's entry). So perhaps her lawyers will now want to be reviewing the possibility of taking legal action too.

Apart from that incident, however, nothing has been heard about David, or about his training sessions at the Ines Gorrochategui Academy.
But when it comes to David's chances of playing the doubles rubber at the Davis Cup semifinal about a month from now, Argentina's team captain Martin Jaite insists that they will depend entirely on David's form:
We'll have to see what progress he makes. We'll see how he is because he hasn't played in over four months. We're now four weeks away [from the semifinal] and miracles don't happen. As far as I'm concerned, David is on stand-by while I'm waiting to see how things are going to develop.
He's a special kind of player. But to play he he'll have to be fully fit and not at 50 or 60%.


  1. Hi Julia! been a while, thanks for the updates, even when there're no news :)
    OMG they used Istabraq's photo. It IS recognisable indeed.
    how could this candidate use David's photo without his consent? i mean, he's one of the biggest sports star in Argentina, she thought David and his entourage wouldn't notice? lol
    4 weeks left till DC semi!! not sure David will be 100%, i won't put too much hope in this. But it's great that he's started to train again :)

  2. Geez, at first glance I thought maybe David was running for political office. Perhaps there's some money in this, Istabraq. Yesterday I was doing some research on Rafa and saw the results from Sao Paulo. I had totally forgotten David made the final there. Such a shame all these injuries. I still think when David was at his best he could yank Nadal around the court better than Nole can. David's down-the-line backhand was tops. Memories, eh gang?

  3. O...M...G!!!

    Thanks for finding this, Julia. I'm sure I ought to do something about it. I don't have a lawyer, perhaps I should ask David if I can add my suit to his!!! (Only half joking.)

  4. And thanks for the update on David himself. It's good to know he's training again.