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Nalbandian is in doubt for the US Open
After withdrawing from the Olimpics just hours before playing the
first match, the Argentinian tennis player David Nalbandian-N°9 in
the Ranking- said that he doubts playing in the US Open, the last
grand slam of the year, that start at the end of August.
Nalbandian is in Athens, where hours before his debut decided not to
play because of an injury in the left thigh. "Today I don't know if
I'll be ready to play the US Open, because I have a distention in the
left thigh. I didn't play (in Athens) because I wasn't 100% ready. I
could have won one or two matches, maybe none, but I wasn't ready to
play for a medal", he said.
Nalbandian's decision caused bad mood among some directors of the
Argentinian Olympic Cometee, because he let Argentina with one less
chance of getting a medal, and also because his place could have been
replaced by another player, like Guillermo Cañas, for example.
In a statement for ESPN+, Nalbandian affirmed that "my coach, the
doctor and my physical trainer advised me not to play".
The tennis player pointed out that before friday he will go to New
York, where he will complete his recovery.
In this season, the cordobes barely played 8 tournaments. It was the
player that played the least tournaments among the best 50 in the
The injuries, from a year ago till now, were a lot. First, after the
US Open 2003, where he reached the SF, the tendonitis in the right
wrist that took him out of the Davis Cup against Spain and left him
out of the circuit for a month and a half.
At the beggining of 2004, Nalbandian, after playing the Davis Cup in
Morocco suffered a problem in the left ankle. He missed the ATP
Buenos Aires and the Master Series of Indian Wells and Miami, and the
Davis with Belarus.
After the SF in Roland Garros (where he lost to the Champion Gaston
Gaudio), el cordobes had an intercostal strain and missed Wimbledon,
and after, because of a bothering in his right elbow, lost quickly in
Toronto and didn't play Cincinnati.