A deserved recognition to David Nalbandian and the Legion
In the ATP Buenos Aires, King received a standing ovation along with Jose Acasuso, Juan Ignacio Chela, Agustin Calleri, Mariano Zabaleta and Franco Squillari
Sábado 15 de febrero de 2014 | 16:04
The David Nalbandian , last exponent of the so-called " Legion Argentina " on retiring from tennis , just over three months ago , today received the largest public displays of affection during the tribute to that generation received "golden " that captured titles and accolades worldwide during the last decade.
The " Olé, Olé, Olé , David, David ," was strong in the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club as soon as the nearly 3,500 spectators who came to see the quarterfinals of the ATP Buenos Aires to Cordoba Unquillo distinguished in the hallway that led from the living players to center court .
Nalbandian, ATP Buenos Aires champion in 2008 , he joined with his little daughter Sossie , eight months, and was soon in the arms of a public affection besides its quality tennis always recognized his devotion and commitment to the Davis Cup , which earned him the nickname " King David" .
Besides unquillense were five " Legionnaires " : José Acasuso , Juan Ignacio Chela , Agustin Calleri , Mariano Zabaleta and Franco Squillari .
Acasuso , who came from his native missions , was a finalist in the inaugural tournament in 2001, when he lost the definition with Brazilian Gustavo " Guga " Kuerten , world number one at the time.
Another Cordoba , the " Gordo " Calleri , a finalist in 2002 (lost to Chilean Nicolas Massu ) traveled especially Rio Cuarto, while " Flaco" Chela, a finalist in 2011 ( lost to Spanish Nicolas Almagro ) , Squillari and " Black " Zabaleta residing in different parts of the Federal Capital and usually attend each day of the ATP Buenos Aires .
Absent that apologized for not attending were the "Wizard " Guillermo Coria , champion in 2004 , who argued a compromise in Rosario , and Guillermo Canas , who lives in Miami.
Meanwhile, he waited until the last minute to "Cat " Gaston Gaudio and Mariano Puerta champion and finalist in the 2005 edition of the event , respectively.