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.
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).
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%.