Nalbandian: “I didn’t go to Athens on vacations”
The cordoban tennis player David Nalbandian, broke the silence and claimed that he didn’t go to Athens on vacations like some other sportsmen said. He also said that he had a “very tough” 2004 when it comes to injuries, because they didn’t let him participate in several tournaments.
“No one gets more damage than me if I don’t play. It’s very clear”, said the Cordoban.
He considers this his worst year since he became a pro, the tennis player was only able to play 10 tournaments and weeks ago was out of the top ten.
"In the US Open I was recovering from the thigh’s strain, which didn’t allow me to play at my best. But after that everything’s getting better, let’s hope it continues like that”, added the unquillense in an interview to La Voz del Interior.
“It was a difficult year. Playing 10 tournaments it’s not ideal nor what I was expecting, but sometimes you can’t do magic and I got a year in which I got injured a lot”, added.
In the Athens Olympic Games, Nalbandian couldn’t participate “because I injured myself the day before and even if I had retired, no one would have been able to play for me. That’s part of the regalement that maybe people don’t know of. I went there with the idea of playing and the day before I injured myself, and I couldn’t do anything”, explained.
When he was consulted about if he had gone there “on vacations”, the cordoban said: “If I had to go on vacations I would have chosen another place, not to Athens and to an Olympic Game. There are millions of places for me to go on vacations. I stayed because all the doctors were there, and I had to do the rehab. I trained a little in the morning, I saw Meolans swim. If that’s being on vacations…”. “The difference with tennis is that most of other sports are not in competence 30 weeks a year”, added Nalbandian, who said that he doesn’t pay attention to critics. “If someone gives me an explaination and is right, I’ll accept it. But when people say things just for the fun of it and don’t back up what they say, I don’t pay attention to it”, explained.