I agree. After reading about this news, I thought the same thing. So if he does develop an injury in the first week, there's more time to recover for the Australian Open... and given his history, it does seem like he needs it. Not to mention that him doing poorly last year may have had something to do with not having enough time to recover physically from Sydney.
Yeah, I know this year is much more about just wanting to see him play again, not the expectations. Well I never really posted myself on the old davidnalbandian.net fan forum though I am aware of the site. I mostly stuck to this forum over the years.
Oh yeah...it was davidnalbandian.net.
The davidnalbandian.com site has been unavailable so often lately, I got mixed up.
I noticed that it is available now though. I probably just thought of you as a long time David fan who was on that site because of the many articles you've written on David that I've read (along with many other tennis articles as well). Sorry about that, Krystlel. His home web site is reporting the injury too, but stating that he has not made a decision yet on the Australian Open. So I guess we get to sit and wait on that one.
David has always been a player who is sensitive to the heat, even in his early days. I have the 4th Round match against Fed in the AO 2003 that he won. He was drenched with sweat after 3 games in that match. So I agree that winning Sydney 2009 did not do him any favors going into the AO. It may turn out that he still plays the Australian Open and it is wiser decision that he doesn't push himself too far this week. I wish he had played last week though so we could now have a better idea on how he would fare competitively.
If he waits until after the AO to make his return, I am guessing he will do so at the Copa Telmex in mid February. That would allow him to go home and renew his preparations. Of course that would mean we would have to wait another month...
I hope he gives the AO a shot even if he loses in the early rounds.