Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In the Meantime

Edit (29/06)
News agency DyN reports that David is in Barcelona now and cites a source from David's camp:
He went there for a postoperative check-up with his doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro and he'll return
[to Argentina] next week.
Maybe we'll get to hear something about the state of affairs when he's back.

Edit (28/06)
No news concerning David's check-up or recovery.
Meanwhile team Schwank/Zeballos lost in the second round to sixth seeds Lindstedt/Nestor today.

(tournament website)
It's the first week of Wimbledon - without David (the only Argentine player ever to have made it to the final). But with an all-Argentine doubles team that hasn't played together in quite some time:
Edu Schwank and Horacio Zeballos (this has to be my favourite photo of the two of them).
That they've teamed up again now, over two years after the last doubles match they played together, is of course no coincidence.
They might have to do it again in Prague.

(clinic website)
In the meantime, David will fly to Barcelona this week for a hip and shoulder check-up at the Clínica Mapfre de Medicina del Tenis and a consultation with this man here, Dr. Angel Ruiz-Cotorro.
After that David and his camp will know more about the progress he's been making with his recovery. But I can't promise they'll share their knowledge. Or that there will be anything more than the usual "it's all going well and according to schedule" press release.
But in any case, whether David can play the Davis Cup semifinal might only be decided at the last moment. To quote Martin Jaite:
We'll wait until the last minute to see if he can be part of the team. I'm not going to confirm that David won't play, nor that he will play. (Source.)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Barcelona instead of Boodles

As generally unpredictable as David has been throughout his career, there's a couple of things you could always count on as a fan. That he'd play Davis Cup, of course.
But also that he'd spend the week before Wimbledon at Stoke Park, playing the exhibition event known as The Boodles Challenge, or simply Boodles.
A tradition that began all the way back in 2003. David became a familiar sight at Boodles over the years and he was "firmly regarded as a favourite of the event".
It'll always be a place of good memories.

Instead of Boodles this week, it'll be a trip to Barcelona for David next week (source).
When he was discharged from hospital seven weeks ago, he already knew that he'd be going back to Barcelona soon for a series of check-ups. And it looks like the time has come for the first of those.
So next week David will be back at the Clínica Mapfre de Medicina del Tenis to see Dr. Ruiz-Cotorro.
Or rather, for the doctor to have a closer look at his hip and his shoulder.
And after that perhaps there will be some actual news about David's recovery.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Two Anniversaries


One year ago a chaotic but exciting week at the Queen's Club ended with a momentous final...
It was a unique and truly memorable match. For all the wrong reasons.
Commemorating its anniversary, this week we've had the expectable range of tweets and posts and
more or less accurate accounts of what happened in various articles, ranging from David having been "disqualified for kicking an advertising board into the shins of a line-judge" or "defaulted for violent conduct" to "disqualified during the final for kicking a line-judge" and even "defaulted after smashing his racquet into an advertising board". But still, what was a scandal at first has by now become an anecdote.

And then there's another anniversary today...

Five years of Vamos David. Five years of trying to keep an up-to-date site about, to quote some of my fellow tennis bloggers, "not the easiest of subjects". And he most certainly isn't.
It's probably the last anniversary we'll have of this kind. The end is drawing near, of David's career and therefore also of this blog. But until then I'll keep Vamos David going, like I always said I would.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

100 Days until the Doubles


Edit (14/06)
No news, no interviews, nothing to report.

Exactly 100 days from today it'll take place at the venue seen here, on a court very much like the one seen here: the doubles rubber of the Davis Cup semifinal between the Czech Republic and Argentina.
But whether it'll take place with David that's still very much the question.
In order to be part of it he'll have to sufficiently recover and then train enough to be ready for a best-of-five doubles match. All of that within four months - the estimated recovery time. Only that in the past, these estimates often proved to be far too optimistic, especially concerning David's first hip surgery.

What little has been heard so far about David's recovery sounded positive. Then again so did the news after his first hip surgery. We can only wait and see what's going to happen 100 days from now.

Edit (08/06)
Or in the words of Charly Berlocq:
We don't know if David is going to be there [for the semifinal]. We stay in touch by chatting often. We write to each other to see how we are, or as a greeting after a win. But we're not yet talking about whether David is going to be there, or not. (Source.)