I think Joyce suggested a really nice thread, but Galathea obviously presents here an artificially idealiazed portrait of David. We all know that David is far from being an angel. It's not because of how nice of a person he is that we love and support him. Apart some subjective reasons, I personally support David because of the tremendous potential he has. It's a shame that he's not on the very top of tennis right now, and I still believe that he will be there, one day.
And no, I don't think anybody hates him, even if they call him Fat, Choker etc. Critics are generally right. Great things are expected from him, but his results are truly disappointing - that's why people are kind of mad with him. Many, including myself, get fustrated with his mental letdowns and inability to close important matches. I personally don't even remember a single important match where he didn't choke in some way, except maybe vs Hewitt in DC last year.
As for being called FatDave, we all know that David is not fat. It's probably coming from the fact that he is not known as a hardest working player on tour. ESPN commentators commented on that during the Roddick match few days ago, quoting Calleri and Gaudio.
. WTF said David was an angel? And what part is the artificially idealiazed portrait of David
You live in USA? I live in ARgentina. The information that I got about him is more than what you have. I'm sure about it. Because the international press doesn't care about him too much, or only when he's having a fight.
1 David is the best game planner of the circuit. Am I dreamming when even people at the english TV said that he's the best reader of games? Regardless the result, even when he complicates the things, doesn't play enough, could be in better shape, etc... ALL things mentioned in the post
(Yeah!, I bet that's the artificially idealiazed portrait
2 do you know how many players don't go to the DC because there's not money? David did play injured this year and after that he coulnd't participate in the Argie Open, losing money, the past year cancelled a paid match to be in time for the croatian match (fight with Coria because he arrived a couple of days after the date), didn't he played more doubles this year? Didn't he say at least for the argie press (maybe you should learn spanish and read a little before talking) that he wanted to have more practice, specially because of the Davis.
3, while the major part of the players go around trying to be likeable to the press, David doesn't care. And says with no problem that a question is stupid and get mad if some journalist ask some stupidity. Argie press knows him better, and while he can be monosillabic when he doesn't want an interview, if not he's relaxed and very funny. Blunt and direct, but accesible....
He's nice, pointing that because the international press has the image of somekind of surly, broody, temperamental guy only
. Is that an artificially idealiazed portrait? Clarifying that he's far from that picture some press always presents of him. Wow.. I didn't get the memo that this was an artificially idealiazed portrait of David! Specially when it's true.
4 , do you know how many times he colaborated with institutions without the press there and the public knew it later but still he doesn't want to talk about what he does helping... Did you know that days before the DC match here against Australia he spent the time with a boy with cancer (thanks to a fundation that helps ill children to meet their idols or go to some place)? Did you know that the original meeting was for less than an hour and Nalbandian expent the entire afternoon with the kid just because he wanted and even played tennis with him? Did you? Read argentine press.
Not only that, when he goes to some beach, he goes with his friends and he goes to the popular one, not some private place, so every two seconds, someone goes and ask him or greets him.... usually is in very good mood and he doesn't mind or goes, did you know that? It's very common of him... not some artificially idealiazed portrait
While he's like that with fans, another players, like Henman treats badly a girl that goes to greet him. Or only go to events if the press is there.
5) He's the nicest guy with the press???? tries to conformate them?!!! No. Like I said. He's not like others players. He gives a sh**t about certain things, that sometimes he should care a little more because it's PR
and creates a distorted image of him or at least incomplete. The same with some regulation from the ATP (you go and read more articules). And also, not only fights, but also if he has to make a critics and the player is a friend of him, he does it the same. (Read argie articules about it)
6) He has a lot of places, but spend the major time in Unquillo in his mother's house. Plus he still trains in the hard court his father and friends made 23 years ago (Ace Magazine, if you don't want to read in spanish).... Yes, that's artificially idealiazed portrait of David.....
7)Is it an artificially idealiazed portrait of David
, saying what it was publicated in not only spanish, but the original was in enlgish about the sign (fight for little Lautaro) and how, he wanted to clarify to those people that he knew it was with the best will and good intention, but that it was hurting him?... How many players do you know that will react that way to the fans in the same situation?
8) Did you know that he and the argie team always after the DC matches plays in the central court infront of the same public with children with down syndrome? And it's not for the pictures, because they stop the celebration to do that, when obviously they want to sign, scream or whatever.. but they do it and spend a lot of time? Argie press in any match
So, besides being a talent
that deserves to be 3 or at least top five (even when he infuriates fans because you can't understand him often why he does some things or some of his choices... and you're not alone in that, even if you support him, it's frustrating because you know the potential), etc he's like that as a person. Both things
. He's not an angel.... I never said he was. But he's not only the surly, rude, temperamental guy the international press tends to show...
But of course, pointing that is artificially an idealiazed portrait of David
pity, all of that it's corroborated by the press, at least argentine..... But of course, you probably don't know it.
Get better information before talking and dismiss people, that have way more information than you, obviously!
A FYI, the argentine press doesn't speak very good of him always. Probably we have more information or at least rumors that slips from David than you could ever dream about it. True or not, those rumors exist... So no, I didn't said it was Saint David.
, if I pointed facts or gestures that he has and I never saw reflected in the international press. Just for people outside argentina to know it. To show that not only he's an excellent player, with a lof of defects that goes against him. But with talent. And that he's not only or always the rude guy