Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Brief Update

Update II (17/12)
Today David will receive another honorary award for his career, this time at the Premios Olimpia, the most important sports awards in Argentina, voted for by the association of sports journalists.
More about that and also about the latest TV interview (with Martin Vasallo Arguello for Segundo Saque/FoxSports; I previously linked some photos) tomorrow.



Update (11/12)
Here's a brief interview David gave ESPN, filmed at the Clarin event on Monday.
He hasn't had the time yet for a complete analysis but he thinks he had a very good career, long but also tough. That it all ended in Argentina, with Rafa and Nole, was the icing on the cake and he's happy he could finish his career like that. He's much more relaxed now and his life follows a different rhythm. Had it been up to him he would've played a little longer but the shoulder wouldn't allow it and it was in a pretty poor state after the exhibition matches.
That Rafa will play the Copa Claro in February is very fortunate and it's great for tennis in Argentina to have a player of Rafa's stature in the country again. The players and the crowd will be very excited, it's spectacular that he'll be back.
During his "ten or twelve" years of playing Davis Cup he had lots of different teammates and shared many things with them. He was able to give some of them advice, some tips to help with the job of being a tennis player. It's more than a task he fulfilled than his legacy and one he likes to remember.


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Last night in Buenos Aires David received another award for his career, this time from Clarin, the Argentine newspaper/news site, as part of their awards ceremony for Argentine athletes.
Apparently, David took the opportunity to say a few words about the Davis Cup. Perhaps also because Delpo was present as well (he won the main award).

Apart from that, some of you may remember the rumours earlier this year about an exhibition match between David and Lleyton Hewitt. On Saturday the actual exhibition took place, with Lleyton Hewitt and Delpo. Whereas David was at the polo, at the last of the three events that constitute the most important competition of the sport, the "Triple Corona". And afterwards he went to celebrate with the leader of the winning team, his friend Adolfo Cambiaso.

17 comments:

  1. Good to still hear from him. Miss him and i dnt kno abt u lot but im stilll not over it. Thanks for the updates I still check this site dailyy lol thanks for it, its gr8. Nice to see him enjoyin it around too

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  2. Thanks, George. VD will stay online for some time but come the new year I will no longer update it. There's hardly anybody visiting anymore, so I'll just write those posts I've planned and then that'll be it.

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  3. I hope vamosdavid never stops. I really love it

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  4. Thanks but it will stop, I'm afraid.

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  5. "the shoulder wouldn't allow it and it was in a pretty poor state after the exhibition matches."
    That's not good to hear, though not surprising. That first match with Massu, I think we were all wincing along with him on every serve.

    I know he doesn't need a professional tennis player's shoulder anymore, but I'm sure he's going to want to do lots of other active things - including risky sports, knowing him - for a long time to come. With the strain tennis players put on their bodies, I'm afraid that a lot of them must find injuries coming back to haunt them as they get older. In anything but professional sports terms, David is still pretty young. I hope he stays fit enough to do everything he wants to do (including run around after his daughter, of course) and doesn't become a physical wreck before his time.

    (Sorry, that last bit wasn't meant to sound quite so doom-laden.)

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  6. With what I wrote I may have made it sound much more doom-laden than it comes across in the interview because he says that bit about the exhos with a little laugh, as in 'gosh, my shoulder was a mess after playing those matches, it's not something I'm going to do again anytime soon...' But not as in he actually is a wreck now.

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  7. I'm not sure my doom-ladenness was actually all that influenced by yours, Julia. ;) The shoulder reference was just a sort of trigger.

    I do often wonder and worry how many professional tennis players suffer later on from injuries and stresses and trains they had during their careers. (True of other sports too I'm sure, but I don't follow many other sports.) And unfortunately for David, he seemed more than averagely injury-prone.

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  8. "stresses and trains" lol.

    Spot the missing letter. :)

    I myself suffer from stresses and trains Mondays to Fridays during my commute to work. ;)

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  9. Sounds almost poetical, if you ask me. :)

    I think tennis players are usually fine after they retire. The only exception that comes to my mind is Guga Kuerten with his hip that required another surgery after he ended his career. But as far as I know that's really the exception rather than the rule.

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  10. I'm sure David isn't too worried about the shoulder. Probably just a strain after cranking it up a bit when the competitive juices started flowing. Some strengthening exercises and I bet he'll be able to wield a mean polo mallet in no time. Like all of you, I'm suffering some withdrawal too. Try as I might, I can't find a player I'm anywhere close to being as enthused about as David. These things can't be manufactured. They have to just happen. David's retirement was featured on the ATP World Tour website today. I didn't know Xavier Malisse retired too. He was always a fun player to watch and quite capable of some surprises.

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  11. I guess I'll take a bit of a break from tennis next season. Especially from the later stages of the big events. It was great and very fortunate that Nadal and Djokovic were in Argentina in time for David's farewell but I no longer like watching them play, and least of all against each other. I'll focus more on the other sports I like, next year is a World Cup year after all.

    For the record, the post I wanted to write about running VD was planned for last weekend. But somehow I can't seem to get it done. No idea what's going to happen with it.

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  12. What is it about Nadal v Djokovic? That particular match-up just doesn't make for fun tennis to watch. :(

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  13. Rallies too long, matches too long, always the same patterns. I actually used to like the match-up in the past (Hamburg SF 2008 was a great match). But nowadays the two of them just remind me of two tanks, trying to blow each other off the court by sheer force. Not the tennis I like.

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  14. Yes, I agree about the Nadal- Djokovic matchup. If it's a slam it's going to take 3 1/2 to 5 hours. A best of three, probably 3 hours. It's become a war. I'll still watch, but it sure isn't inspirational. Some of the younger players like Gulbis and Janowicz are entertaining, but certainly unpredictable. It'll come, Julia. Give it time. I want to read it, but I can wait.

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  15. It's a lot more difficult to write about the blog than to write for the blog, that much I can say by now...

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  16. So Julia, what do you think about Nole hiring Boom Boom? I know he was a favorite of yours and also mine. The only thing I can think is that Djokovic wants to find that edge to be able to defeat Nadal easier. Maybe tap into Boris' serve-and-volley expertise. Don't know. Should be interesting.

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  17. Well, I hope he knows what he's doing and that Boris Becker is actually in a much better state than I feared after his latest media appearances. If it can help him get back on track then that would be great. Becker, that is.

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