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sigmagirl91
06-30-2004, 12:49 AM
OK, new thread. How about we use this space to post articles about David?

*Ljubica*
06-30-2004, 05:32 AM
That's a good idea I think Sigma :)

Action Jackson
06-30-2004, 05:34 AM
That's a good idea I think Sigma :)

Should I move that Q and A with that I typed onto this section of the board?

sigmagirl91
06-30-2004, 10:54 AM
Should I move that Q and A with that I typed onto this section of the board?

Sure, if you'd like.

jazz_girl
07-08-2004, 04:30 PM
This quote is from today's Olé:
"Mientras me preparo para la gira y los Juegos, no me perderé el rally. Y cuando deje el tenis, voy a correr".

"While I'm preparing for the circuit and the Olympic Games, I won't miss the rally. And when I retire from tennis, I'll drive a rally car".

Action Jackson
07-08-2004, 04:34 PM
This quote is from today's Olé:
"Mientras me preparo para la gira y los Juegos, no me perderé el rally. Y cuando deje el tenis, voy a correr".

"While I'm preparing for the circuit and the Olympic Games, I won't miss the rally. And when I retire from tennis, I'll drive a rally car".

Just I like I knew he would Jazz, imagine Rosie when she hears about that. Actually the next tournament I go to and David is there, then I will ask him.

Action Jackson
07-08-2004, 04:42 PM
A Quick Chat With David Nalbandian

David Nalbandian took the tennis world by surprise when he stormed to the final of Wimbledon 2002. At just 20 years of age, the Argentine was contending his first tournament on grass.

His journey to success had begun four years earlier in New York, when he won the 1998 US Open junior boy's title defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer in the final. It was the first sign of a successful rivalry for Nalbandian, who has become one of the few players on tour with a winning edge over the top-ranked Swiss player. Although Federer defeated him in two matches, Nalbandian had previously won their first five ATP tour clashes.

An exception to most South American players who enjoy their best results on clay, Nalbandian attributes his success on a range of surfaces to the hardcourt his family installed in their backyard when he was a child.

Now a major contender at any tournament he contests, Nalbandian will be a player to watch at the All England Club in June. The World No. 8 chats with Hernan Macias.

Q: How do you rate your form for 2004?

David: very well, except for the foot problem that avoided me to play in Buenos Aires, I was doing very well. I think I made a very good performance in Australia and we (Nalbandian abd Argentine team mates Guillermo Coria, Agustin Calleri and Lucas Arnold) accomplished what we supposed to do in the Davis Cup (first round)

You have stated that your main goal for this season is to reach the top of the rankings. How are you going with this?

Well... you know it is not an easy task so we have to work hard on this.

Is it possible to beat such an extraordinary player like Roger Federer who is playing incredible tennis?

I think I can win every match that I play. If I am mixed among the very best players, that means something right? Although my rivals know how to play good tennis, I know how to play it too. Therefore, I think everyone is able to beat the number one in the world, or the number two or anyone.

What is the difference between you and other top players like Federer, Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero?

Almost nothing. The difference that you must have to beat them is play very well facing them. I mean, I consider that I am at the same level to the three players that you mentioned. I am training very hard every day trying to accomplish the objectives that I propose to myself. Every tennis matchis different, there is not one easy match. The clashes against them are very difficult because they are also struggling for some big trophies.

Which of these two things are more important in your tennis career: the victory in the 1998 US Open junior boys' competition or the 2002 Wimbledon final?

These are two different stages in my career, but I think both are (different) from each other. I think good results in the professional circuit are more important

Did reaching the 2002 Wimbledon final change your professional life?

Yes, I think some things have changed since then. However as I said before, every time the objectives are bigger and we are working very hard to keep on fighting for the first places in the ranking. That final made me realise about the level that I had- now I am trying to improve my tennis even more.

What part of your game do you need to improve?

All parts of my game. I think I should start adjusting all the aspects of my tennis. I should try to become a more complete player. So, I am working in every single part that my game involves.

What do you think about Lleyton Hewitt?

I think that Hewitt is a player who is returning to be the big player he was a couple of years ago. He is a possible winner in every tournament he gets in and we must consider him a dangerous rival.

And what do you think about the Poo ( Mark Philippoussis)?

I think the Poo is also a very dangerous player to play against, but very different to Hewitt in style terms. One must be careful with the Poo because Mark plays very well and the days Mark serves well, one must be careful and pay attention when facing him.

What do you think about the doubles ranking system used by the ATP?

Well, I don't like to talk about those things I don't know the ATP people did it for a reason and should be right. That is something that something the ATP works for.

Would you prefer to win Roland Garros or Wimbledon?

Wimbledon. I was runner-up in London and I would like to have a second chance in a final match.

Is it true that you actually hate to lose?

It depends ...... (Laughs). It depends on the game I play and my willigness to win.

Which are the things that tennis gave you and the things tennis took away from you?

Many things, there were many pros and many cons. However, I don't complain about the life I live.

Who do you like to face in competition?

I don't have a preference for any player. I play against the one I have as a rival in luck and I try to do the best I can, that's it.

Who is your greatest rival : Federer, Coria or another player?

I think every player, there is not a special opponent for me. Everyone who is on top of the rankings is hard, so it creates a little rivalry. But I think everybody wants to win, so it's very difficult to choose one player.

Do you consider yourself capable of winning the Australian Open some day?

Yes, I think I am capable of winning any tournament. It is a question of time, of training hard and obviously competing.

Whom did you admire when you were a child?

Boris Becker. His style was great and his game was fantastic.

How do you deal with being a famous person, especially in Argentina?

Easy. I try to handle it the best I can.

Do you think all the players receive the same treatment when they go through doping tests no matter which are their nationalities and ranking positions?

Well the truth is I don't know. I can say to you that I was tested 18 times and nothing else. I can not answer the question for the rest of the players, but if the test goes positive there must be a reason, and if it goes negative there must be a reason too.

Are you going to compete in the Olympics this year?

Yes, I am. I think it's a tough competition where everyone will try to reach it in a good level and will also try to win it. The Olympics are not held every single year, so I am very excited to play in Athens.

Sidenote: As we know David is a rally nut. He has navigated for rally rider and good friend Marcos Ligato (who also hails from Cordoba). Rally races are extremely popular in Cordoba and some experts suggest that Nalbandian could practice this sport some day in the future.

jazz_girl
07-08-2004, 04:43 PM
I just found a new article in which it says that David, Safin, Moyá, Schuettler and Ferrero have confirmed their presence at the China Open. And it's been said that this tournamet will likely become the Asian Grand Slam.

bovenbuuf
07-08-2004, 05:07 PM
thansk for the quote and news Jazz, guess we all could expect that David wants to drive a rally car after his tennis life

*Ljubica*
07-08-2004, 05:14 PM
:devil: :devil: Rally cars :devil: :devil: Did you put him up to this GWH? :p

jazz_girl
07-08-2004, 05:36 PM
I hope his tennis career lasts for a really LOOOOOOOOOOONG time! ;)

Action Jackson
07-09-2004, 07:33 AM
:devil: :devil: Rally cars :devil: :devil: Did you put him up to this GWH? :p

Yes, I am to blame for this after tennis choice of career.

*Ljubica*
07-09-2004, 10:23 AM
Yes, I am to blame for this after tennis choice of career.

So guess this means you have to make it up to me by taking ME to San Lorenzo in London next year instead of the other way round :p

jazz_girl
07-09-2004, 11:44 AM
Sorry Rosie:
David Nalbandian will try a TN in Córdoba

The top ten tennis player, David Nalbandian, will try this tuesday a Honda Civic of the National Tourism of Miguel Alisi's team in Alta Gracia. Alisi himself confirmed it. Alisi said that "David is thrilled with the test and is passionate with the rally".

If you wanna see the car he'll try check this link:
http://www.carburando.com/notas.asp?di=8760

Action Jackson
07-09-2004, 11:48 AM
So guess this means you have to make it up to me by taking ME to San Lorenzo in London next year instead of the other way round :p

To get me to London, will require a lot of effort and no you are taking me to San Lorenzo, that needs to be established now.

*Ljubica*
07-09-2004, 01:53 PM
To get me to London, will require a lot of effort and no you are taking me to San Lorenzo, that needs to be established now.

And I thought the lure of having dinner with me would overcome any obstacles!!!! :)

Action Jackson
07-10-2004, 06:37 PM
And I thought the lure of having dinner with me would overcome any obstacles!!!! :)

Yeah, you are right I have to say, though I will have to hold you down and watch one of the WRC races. :)

jazz_girl
07-13-2004, 08:29 PM
13/07/04

Shared Passions
http://www.intervoz.com/2004/0713/deportes/nota257144_1.htm

They’d asked not to be known, but it was not possible. The rally pilot of Citroën Carlos Sainz and the top ten tennis player, David Nalbandian, scheduled a tennis match in the Atletico Carlos Paz, before the CTI Mobil 24° Rally Argentina 2004 this thursday.

But it’s imposible that two celebrities like Sainz and Nalbandian could hide such an encounter. So, when the match started there were already 200 people waiting to see the show.

“I’m so embarrassed!”, apologized the Spaniard while he walked to the court, joined by the rest of the Citroën team, while the kids were around them.

It turned out that Sainz, national champion of squash in Spain in 1978, when he was 16 years old, is no beginner and returned pretty well all the soft shots of the unquillense. There were a few minutes in which people applaud for a well played point, or laughed like two friends that were sharing a mischief.

After Marc Martí, Sainz partner, and the AXN’s Shakedown host Neil Cole, to play a doubles match to be forgotten.

In a chat between Nalbandian and Sainz, it was in evidenced (once more) the great passion that the cordobes feels for the cars and everything related to the rally. The top ten feels at home with the drivers, and they pray mutual admiration. The pilots, because one of the best tennis players in the world takes some time to play with them, y the Unquillo one because the tennis lets him share moments like yesterday’s with his favourites pilots.

After the match, the photos came, but there weren’t as many. While Sainz chatted a few minutes with the journalists, Nalbandian signed patiently some autographs, till he went to his car: and then, Sainz joined him. There will be, of course, something in return: the Spaniard pilot must take David as his partner in his Citroën Xsara WRC. “I’ll take him, but I won’t lend him my car”, assured. Then Nalbandian will be David, with a new toy.

bovenbuuf
07-14-2004, 08:57 AM
thanks Jazz

jazz_girl
07-14-2004, 11:35 AM
Well, David had to test the car yesterday but he couldn't do it because the date of the race was to close, so maybe he can do it some other time. Rosie, you can relax now! ;)
http://www.carburando.com/notas.asp?di=8839

Action Jackson
07-14-2004, 11:38 AM
Well, David had to test the car yesterday but he couldn't do it because the date of the race was to close, so maybe he can do it some other time. Rosie, you can relax now! ;)
http://www.carburando.com/notas.asp?di=8839

Thanks for that article jazz, and I bet Rosie blames me for these after tennis ambitions. :)

I will be watching it very closely, as it's one of my fave races and maybe they will show Nalle on TV.

bovenbuuf
07-14-2004, 11:57 AM
ah well sorry for him he couldn't do it, know he would love to be there..

landoud
07-18-2004, 06:51 PM
interview with David Nalbandian
Q. Did you play any other sports while you were growing up?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: When I was young?

Q. Yeah.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: A lot.

Q. Were you good at any others?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I do soccer, I swim, basketball, karate (laughter). Horse, everything.

Q. Why did you start playing tennis? Can you remember?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Of course tennis (smiling). I forget it.

When I was...?

Q. How old were you when you started? How did you get interested in tennis?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Always. When I was five years, I start play tennis. Also I do all the other sports at the same time. So I didn't have time to study to the school. I do many, many sports.

But I think when I was seven or eight, I just play tennis.

Q. Did your family play as well?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, all of them.

Q. The new hairstyle, is that a sort of David Beckham thing?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: No. Just myself.

Q. It's the same style as his, though?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Not right now. I think he have another look right now.

Q. Does he?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: I think so. I don't know.

Q. Maybe Beckham copied Nalbandian.

DAVID NALBANDIAN: (Smiling).

jazz_girl
07-18-2004, 06:53 PM
LOL! I remember watching this interview, it was during the Australian Open this year! ;)

MissPovaFan
07-18-2004, 07:00 PM
I reckon David Nalbandian looks more like one of the boys from Blazin Squad (the blonde one) than David Beckham :p

jazz_girl
07-18-2004, 07:05 PM
who are they? Never heard of them...

novanora
07-19-2004, 06:41 AM
Well, jazz, think Blazin Squad is a pop songs boys group, and one member in them is blonde..... ;)
in fact, i don't like to compare david with those entertainment stars and beckham, coz they are toooooo showing..... ;)

landoud
07-19-2004, 10:03 AM
i think he has the sam hairstyle as david beckham ... see

jazz_girl
07-20-2004, 11:46 AM
20/07/04
"The circuit is a meat chopper”

The new physical trainer of David Nalbandian, former of Coria, Jorge Trevisan explains from inside how tennis destroys tennis players themselves.
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=798068

At the same time than Gaudio, Zabaleta and Cañas were playing the finals in the last weeks, the Argentinian top ten were resting and starting all over again. A thing that we hear all the time nowadays are the injuries, and that’s making some damage: Guillermo Coria didn’t defend his titles in Stuttgart nor Kitzbühel (Sopot changed the date); David Nalbandian had to withdrew from Wimbledon. Rosarino, 57 years old (27 of which spent working in the rugby Jockey Club, and also traveled with Alberto Mancini), Jorge Trevisan is the new Physical Trainer of Nalbandian, and worked during 2003 with Coria. Here he describes some similarities and differences between both of them and explains why the circuit is the big responsible here.

—You worked with both top ten. How would you define them?

—They’re both very fast. David has a muscular development superior and is taller, and Guille is light and he’s very fast to go from one place to another. They’re styles of playing are different. Guille is the best competitor that exists in tennis. It’s unbelievable how he creates spaces…I met David now and I can say that we’ll have good results in the hard courts, that he likes so much. What do they need? Maturity in the physical part, gaining more work. That’s it.

—In the last years, the figure of the PT grew because of the importance of the physical part in tennis. How are they with the physical work dedication?

—Look, no one likes to work on their physic. Mercedes Paz was the only one that loved doing it. With Mancini we were together for 15 years, I traveled with him and they told me I was insane; now everyone travels with their PT. These kids are hard workers and dedicate a lot of time to it. They want to be good for real, they are aware of their potential. They’re two little monsters, that if the circuit gets better they will last.

—In the last two years they were victims of several injuries. What are the reasons?

—Look, tennis is an important business, it moves a lot of money. The circuit is hard, and ends up being a meat chopper. I’ll tell you a day of David, like when he played Kuerten in Roland Garros: he trained in the morning, we stretched, he played for 3h20, we stretched again, made some interviews, massages for an hour and treated his wrist with ultrasound. It takes a lot out of the physic and of your head too. Besides, you don’t have to forget that tennis alters your adolescence, you miss parties with your friends, moments with their family, they miss home. Then I listen to the football players complaining that they have to play two matches per week…Here are 8 hours of daily work, and the player is just one, there’s replacement.

—What’s the solution?

—I don’t know how to modify the sport, but I know that we don’t have to ruin these kids. If you enter the medical room of the tournaments, there are a lot of players being treated. If they stop for 6 months, they recover from everything, but here you never stop.

—Coria was talking about choosing better the tournaments...

—Well, that’s why Federer and Roddick don’t get injured: they don’t play as much. They try to maximize and play less tournaments, build the calendar in a more intelligent way. Then the Davis arrives, they get injured and there’s people that ask them how is it that they don’t take care of themselves. The player is exhausted! I assure you: the main concern of any coach nowadays, is try to avoid injuries.

jazz_girl
07-20-2004, 11:51 AM
David Nalbandian

From thursday to sunday, he enjoyed the rally: he joined Marcos Ligato and played tennis with Carlos Sainz. Recovered from the intercostal injury, he'll go to Canada tomorrow to defend the final in Canada that he lost to Roddick.

Entre el jueves y el domingo, despuntó su vicio en el rally: acompañó a Marcos Ligato y jugó tenis con Carlos Sainz. Recuperado de la lesión intercostal, viajará mañana hacia Canadá, para defender la final que perdió con Roddick.

sigmagirl91
07-20-2004, 12:09 PM
20/07/04
"The circuit is a meat chopper”

The new physical trainer of David Nalbandian, former of Coria, Jorge Trevisan explains from inside how tennis destroys tennis players themselves.
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=798068

At the same time than Gaudio, Zabaleta and Cañas were playing the finals in the last weeks, the Argentinian top ten were resting and starting all over again. A thing that we hear all the time nowadays are the injuries, and that’s making some damage: Guillermo Coria didn’t defend his titles in Stuttgart nor Kitzbühel (Sopot changed the date); David Nalbandian had to withdrew from Wimbledon. Rosarino, 57 years old (27 of which spent working in the rugby Jockey Club, and also traveled with Alberto Mancini), Jorge Trevisan is the new Physical Trainer of Nalbandian, and worked during 2003 with Coria. Here he describes some similarities and differences between both of them and explains why the circuit is the big responsible here.

—You worked with both top ten. How would you define them?

—They’re both very fast. David has a muscular development superior and is taller, and Guille is light and he’s very fast to go from one place to another. They’re styles of playing are different. Guille is the best competitor that exists in tennis. It’s unbelievable how he creates spaces…I met David now and I can say that we’ll have good results in the hard courts, that he likes so much. What do they need? Maturity in the physical part, gaining more work. That’s it.

—In the last years, the figure of the PT grew because of the importance of the physical part in tennis. How are they with the physical work dedication?

—Look, no one likes to work on their physic. Mercedes Paz was the only one that loved doing it. With Mancini we were together for 15 years, I traveled with him and they told me I was insane; now everyone travels with their PT. These kids are hard workers and dedicate a lot of time to it. They want to be good for real, they are aware of their potential. They’re two little monsters, that if the circuit gets better they will last.

—In the last two years they were victims of several injuries. What are the reasons?

—Look, tennis is an important business, it moves a lot of money. The circuit is hard, and ends up being a meat chopper. I’ll tell you a day of David, like when he played Kuerten in Roland Garros: he trained in the morning, we stretched, he played for 3h20, we stretched again, made some interviews, massages for an hour and treated his wrist with ultrasound. It takes a lot out of the physic and of your head too. Besides, you don’t have to forget that tennis alters your adolescence, you miss parties with your friends, moments with their family, they miss home. Then I listen to the football players complaining that they have to play two matches per week…Here are 8 hours of daily work, and the player is just one, there’s replacement.

—What’s the solution?

—I don’t know how to modify the sport, but I know that we don’t have to ruin these kids. If you enter the medical room of the tournaments, there are a lot of players being treated. If they stop for 6 months, they recover from everything, but here you never stop.

—Coria was talking about choosing better the tournaments...

—Well, that’s why Federer and Roddick don’t get injured: they don’t play as much. They try to maximize and play less tournaments, build the calendar in a more intelligent way. Then the Davis arrives, they get injured and there’s people that ask them how is it that they don’t take care of themselves. The player is exhausted! I assure you: the main concern of any coach nowadays, is try to avoid injuries.

Hope Trevisan can help David use his muscular physique to his advantage-to minimize the injuries, that is.

*Ljubica*
07-20-2004, 12:14 PM
Thanks Jazz :)

novanora
07-20-2004, 02:15 PM
"The circuit is a meat chopper”
mmmmmmmm, then players are the meat, injuries will be the butchers.....;)

jazz_girl
07-23-2004, 01:26 PM
23/07/04
David Nalbandian: "my dream is to win a medal in the Olympics”
http://www.laopinion-rafaela.com.ar/opinion/2004/07/23/g472380.htm

David Nalbandian is one of the many elite sportsmen our country has. He has the 6th place in the ATP Ranking and 9th in the Champion’s Race.
The cordobes is also a passionate for cars and especially the rally. LA OPINION, had a chat with the Unquillo player, in Villa Carlos Paz.

Under a blue cap is the legend that identifies that province. “Córdoba, the heart of my country”-and with a coat of that same color, which reflects clearly his passion for rally, David Nalbandian followed very closely the Argentina Republic Rally.
Before the start of the competence, the N°6 tennis player in the world, was “playing” tennis with the Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who defined as “a player that surprised me”.
After that, Sainz invited him occupy the right SEAT of the Citroën Xsara, in one of the run that “el matador” made in the shakedown, in the Pro-Racing complex.
”It was a wonderful experience”, said Nalbandian. That way, the chat started between his professional career and his “weekness”, as he defines it-for speed.

-I imagine you’re enjoying in a special way these days.
-Sure, because this is what I always liked. Since I was a kid, I went with my family to see the rally, that was very near to my hose, in Unquillo. And when I have a chance to go, like this year, I try to take it since the teams arrive in Cordoba.

-What did you feel when Carlos Sainz invited you to join him?
-It was a condition I imposed to Carlos-he says it with an impish smile-when we finished playing tennis. It’s impressive how he drives and he does it so naturally that is amazing.

-Do you see in your future a rally pilot?
-It’s a possibility, but today in my life is all about tennis and in my mind there’s nothing else. Maybe, once I retire I’ll run a race.

-When will you start playing again?
-I think I’ll be able to be in the American tournaments, but my most important goal is to be at my best for the Olympics. My dream is to win a medal. It would be great for me and for Argentina as well.

-The chances are good.
-I think so, but I’m aware that the level will be very good, because the best will be in Athens. I’ll try to get a medal in singles and also in doubles, with Guillermo (Coria).

-The fact that three Argentinian players are among the best 11 (Coria, Nalbandian and Gaudio) reflects the excelent moment that our tennis is having.
-It’s not a coincidence that this is happening, because this generation has given great tennis players. In the last seasons, the results we’ve been getting were truly amazing. And I am convinced that we’ll go on getting titles for our country.

-Do you consider yourself as the most complete player in Argentina?
-Maybe, because I feel comfortable in every surface. I started playing in a hard court and that helped me a lot to gain, maybe like no other Argentinian, an experience that today allows me to have a good performance in slow and fast surfaces.

-If you had the chance to choose, Which of the four Grand Slams would you like to win?
-I’m between Wimbledon and the US Open, and then Roland Garros but all of them are important. The tennis player that wins a Grand Slam is part of history. That’s clear.

-Can Argentina win the Davis Cup?
-Sure. And we will win it more than once. It’s the grand challenge we’ve set and we will give all that’s necessary to get it.

Víctor Hugo Fux

novanora
07-23-2004, 05:06 PM
Thanks for your job, jazz :yeah: i don't know how to say...it seems rally has been more and more important in his mind. He is smart, should know it's right time to focus on the tennis again, which is more more important. do not let his rally passion influenced the his following center career.
Good to see he put Olympics as a crucial part!! Many players in Athen list are very competitive this year, and think david has more chance in singles than in doubles.
Don't know he put RG as the third most important, i had thought it would be the last in that 4 GS.

*Ljubica*
07-23-2004, 05:12 PM
Thanks for your job, jazz :yeah: i don't know how to say...it seems rally has been more and more important in his mind. He is smart, should know it's right time to focus on the tennis again, which is more more important. do not let his rally passion influenced the his following center career.
Good to see he put Olympics as a crucial part!! Many players in Athen list are very competitive this year, and think david has more chance in singles than in doubles.
Don't know he put RG as the third most important, i had thought it would be the last in that 4 GS.

I think he got to like RG better this year when he got to the semi finals and played so well there. I think the wins over Guga and Marat made him realise that he can compete with the best on clay. And, of course, the clay is less harsh on your body than the harder court surfaces, so maybe he is thinking ahead to his future and where he can play more, and earn more points without risking too much injury.

jazz_girl
07-23-2004, 07:30 PM
Yeah, I guess it has to do on how well he performed in those tournaments, check this out:
1. This is the order in which he prefers the GS: Wimbledon, US Open, Roland Garros, Australian Open
2. His best results: Final Wimbledon, SF US Open, SF Roland Garros, QF AO

jazz_girl
09-16-2004, 01:16 AM
This is an article from Deuce magazine and written by Eduardo Puppo.
NO LIMITS
PLAYERS DON'T COME MORE COMPETITIVE OR WORK HARDER THAN ARGENTINA'S DAVID NALBANDIAN
Toughened by the hardships endured by a generation, Argentina's powerful group of players has earned every reward that has come its way. There have been no shortcuts, no easy rides. On the ATP circuit, the players run hard until the last ball has been struck, because they know that it is never too late.
David Nalbandian perfectly embodies the spirit of his countrymen. With his eagerness to push the limits of endurance, he demonstrates that talent and effort can be combined to create a cocktail that is as succesful as it is elusive. But real, very real.
Those present in exotic Agadir, Morocco, in February witnessed, day after day, how a champion is made. Preparing for the first-round Davis Cup tie, Nalbandian did not spare one drop of sweat working on his game. On carpet laid over wood, his drives hit the lines relentlessly. And his two-handed backhand, which is becoming more lethal by the week, found all the angles. For hours on end, he trained with the other Argentine wonder, Guillermo Coria. Both know that the world is watching and that together, before too long, they are candidates to become leaders of the men's game.
Nalbandian has a presence. His sculptured body commands respect. Watching him take off his new polo shirt, I am intrigued by a tatoo on his right shoulder. He declines to expand on its origin or significance, smiles and resumes practicing his volleys. He wants to be faster, stronger, surer. He seems to have no physical limitations. His work day is not over when the final ball is struck: He heads to the gym or runs in the street or swims laps in the pool, emulating his compatriot, Olympic medalist José Meolans. He might play a little soccer in the sand of the Moroccan beaches or ride a horse on the beach.
When most others disappear to enjoy the sunset, Nalbandian returns to the gym with his trainer for another weights session. Amazing. He follows this plan religiously, every 24 hours. His coach, Eduardo Infantino, says: "David has made huge progress and it's a pleasure working with him, because I feel that he is totally devoted to his objectives, commited to making tennis history. And for a coach, this is brilliant, a real privilage."
When his participation in last year's Tennis Masters Cup was in doubt due to wrist tendinitis, Nalbandian waited until the last minute to take his place. He went to Houston and, despite the limitations on his devastating double.handed backhand, he still managed to defeat Juan Carlos Ferrero and extend Andre Agassi to a thirs set. "I am not 100 percent", he said at the time, "but the doctor allowed me to play, albeit without forcing the shots. I was dying to go and be part of the year's eight great ones".
At 22, Nalbandian is already one of the game's best strategists. Every furious shot from the baseline has purpose. He is most entertaining to watch in practice or when he plays a first round match or a final. He is competitive to the max.
Surprisingly, Nalbandian has won just two ATP titles. But form suggests a big payday is just around the corner. In 2002, playing his first grass court tournament and just his fourth Grand Slam event, he became the first Argentine to reach a Wimbledon final. In '03, he held match point against eventual champion Andy Roddick in the US Open semifinals.
The hard work has been done. The hard work will continue to be done. And just as certainly, the big results will come.

sigmagirl91
09-16-2004, 01:18 AM
This is an article from Deuce magazine and written by Eduardo Puppo.
NO LIMITS
PLAYERS DON'T COME MORE COMPETITIVE OR WORK HARDER THAN ARGENTINA'S DAVID NALBANDIAN
Toughened by the hardships endured by a generation, Argentina's powerful group of players has earned every reward that has come its way. There have been no shortcuts, no easy rides. On the ATP circuit, the players run hard until the last ball has been struck, because they know that it is never too late.
David Nalbandian perfectly embodies the spirit of his countrymen. With his eagerness to push the limits of endurance, he demonstrates that talent and effort can be combined to create a cocktail that is as succesful as it is elusive. But real, very real.
Those present in exotic Agadir, Morocco, in February witnessed, day after day, how a champion is made. Preparing for the first-round Davis Cup tie, Nalbandian did not spare one drop of sweat working on his game. On carpet laid over wood, his drives hit the lines relentlessly. And his two-handed backhand, which is becoming more lethal by the week, found all the angles. For hours on end, he trained with the other Argentine wonder, Guillermo Coria. Both know that the world is watching and that together, before too long, they are candidates to become leaders of the men's game.
Nalbandian has a presence. His sculptured body commands respect. Watching him take off his new polo shirt, I am intrigued by a tatoo on his right shoulder. He declines to expand on its origin or significance, smiles and resumes practicing his volleys. He wants to be faster, stronger, surer. He seems to have no physical limitations. His work day is not over when the final ball is struck: He heads to the gym or runs in the street or swims laps in the pool, emulating his compatriot, Olympic medalist José Meolans. He might play a little soccer in the sand of the Moroccan beaches or ride a horse on the beach.
When most others disappear to enjoy the sunset, Nalbandian returns to the gym with his trainer for another weights session. Amazing. He follows this plan religiously, every 24 hours. His coach, Eduardo Infantino, says: "David has made huge progress and it's a pleasure working with him, because I feel that he is totally devoted to his objectives, commited to making tennis history. And for a coach, this is brilliant, a real privilage."
When his participation in last year's Tennis Masters Cup was in doubt due to wrist tendinitis, Nalbandian waited until the last minute to take his place. He went to Houston and, despite the limitations on his devastating double.handed backhand, he still managed to defeat Juan Carlos Ferrero and extend Andre Agassi to a thirs set. "I am not 100 percent", he said at the time, "but the doctor allowed me to play, albeit without forcing the shots. I was dying to go and be part of the year's eight great ones".
At 22, Nalbandian is already one of the game's best strategists. Every furious shot from the baseline has purpose. He is most entertaining to watch in practice or when he plays a first round match or a final. He is competitive to the max.
Surprisingly, Nalbandian has won just two ATP titles. But form suggests a big payday is just around the corner. In 2002, playing his first grass court tournament and just his fourth Grand Slam event, he became the first Argentine to reach a Wimbledon final. In '03, he held match point against eventual champion Andy Roddick in the US Open semifinals.
The hard work has been done. The hard work will continue to be done. And just as certainly, the big results will come.

Yeah, I have read this one. You know, I wished that there were more pages. The tattoo thing will continue to be a mystery...something he wishes to keep to himself.

jazz_girl
09-16-2004, 01:22 AM
I had scanned it but for some reason I can't upload it here. I don't know what's wrong...

sigmagirl91
09-16-2004, 01:23 AM
I had scanned it but for some reason I can't upload it here. I don't know what's wrong...

Were you trying to scan this story? Or was there another?

jazz_girl
09-16-2004, 01:25 AM
This one, I also have some pics I can't upload...
I think I'll go upload them at Yahoo first, and then see if I can put them here...

sigmagirl91
09-16-2004, 01:27 AM
This one, I also have some pics I can't upload...
I think I'll go upload them at Yahoo first, and then see if I can put them here...

What folder would we find them in if you are able to do that?

jazz_girl
09-16-2004, 01:36 AM
In the files section, in the scan part.

jazz_girl
09-16-2004, 01:38 AM
But I think I'll leave it for the morning as well, cause now my scanner doesn't work! :(

sigmagirl91
09-16-2004, 01:42 AM
In the files section, in the scan part.

Really, because I didn't see anything. Guess we can try again tomorrow, when your scanner can work again?

jazz_girl
09-16-2004, 01:45 AM
It's not there cause I couldn't scan the pics, just the article, and then it started working like crap. I'll try again in a few minutes to see if it works, if not I'll try in the morning ;)

sigmagirl91
09-16-2004, 01:45 AM
It's not there cause I couldn't scan the pics, just the article, and then it started working like crap. I'll try again in a few minutes to see if it works, if not I'll try in the morning ;)

Don't you hate that?

jazz_girl
09-16-2004, 02:00 AM
I've been having problems with all my computer equipment today! First the web cam, then the printer and now the scanner.
I had to print an essay I've been wroking on and the damn thing wouldn't print it! Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! It drove me insane, and now the scanner doesn't work. I'm too tired to deal with it now.
Hey, shouldn't David be playing already?

jazz_girl
09-22-2004, 12:36 AM
I got this from this another forum, this is an article from Vilas:
I like to see all the Argentineans play. Coria has a very nice attitude toward the game and he loves to play. I like Nalbandian the way he plays — he's like a chess player. He moves you around very precisely and then he destroys and conquers.

Hewitt now is coming back. This is an era that it took very long to get established. You saw Safin four years ago and you thought he'd be number one. Then you saw Hewitt on top for two years.

Now we have Nadal coming. You have Ferrero who was there one year and is now struggling a bit. It has to establish some rivalry a bit more.

Nadal is very good. I presented him the cup when he just won his first tournament.

This generation took a long time to get established. Nadal will come in as a liason to the next generation. Coria and Nalbandian, who are a little injured now, will be there.

And then you have Safin who is up and down. If this generation can be continuously healthy and play well imagine what you have: you have Federer, you have Roddick, you have Ferrero, you have Safin, you have Coria, you have Nalbandian, you have Hewitt, you have Nadal coming in.

This is a solid, solid bunch. But you have to get them together playing well. Get them together in the quarters playing against each other consistently and watch the tennis you will get. We had that with Borg, McEnroe, Connors, Vitas — guys who won titles — consistently playing each other in these tournaments.

If we can get this group playing each other consistently it will really wake people up to tennis. That's what they need, I think, to see these guys going head to head in the quarters, that will be exciting. I say to Nadal also "Today, you have fire, but the main thing is what moves that fire inside you — keep that alive. Don’t burn it too fast."

*Ljubica*
09-22-2004, 05:34 AM
Thanks for the article Jazz.

novanora
09-22-2004, 07:00 AM
chess player, i love this description :) more brain, less fierce. This generation is great, we are lucky to have some many genius and potential players in the same generation, not only Roger. and if some of them like safin, ferrero, nadal, coria, haas and david of course hadn't suffered so many injuries, like vilas said, the tennis could be much more exciting to them head to head playing, i bet roger would also be happy to meet more rivalries.;) So next year will be more competitive, excellent soldiers will back to battles in their raising state. and i love this quote:"Today, you have fire, but the main thing is what moves that fire inside you — keep that alive. Don’t burn it too fast." so guys, don't be too harsh, keep health :)

bovenbuuf
09-22-2004, 01:40 PM
tahnsk Jazz, a really nice article.. well also like the words of a chess player

justClaudia
09-22-2004, 03:02 PM
Thanks Jazz,great article!

And yes the chess player suits him perfectly.

crigazzio
09-22-2004, 05:01 PM
Is a great article!!!Thanks JAzz!!!! You´re rock girl!!!! ;)

Sakura 0101
09-22-2004, 06:10 PM
Nice article ! Thanks Jazz :)

jazz_girl
09-22-2004, 07:14 PM
You're welcome guys! :)

RogiFan88
09-22-2004, 09:29 PM
can you post the link to the original of this article?

jazz_girl
09-22-2004, 10:04 PM
I got it from another forum and they didn't give the link, sorry.

jazz_girl
09-24-2004, 11:09 PM
http://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportiva/nota.asp?nota_id=639221&origen=cd_google
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.

jazz_girl
09-24-2004, 11:58 PM
http://www.intervoz.com/2004/0924/UM/nota272266_1.htm

Out of the Top Ten

The injuries didn’t just stopped him from representing the country for the <Davis Cup or the Olympics. It also stopped him from defending his place among the top ten and now is complicated his presence in the Houston Masters this november.
How does it affect you being out of the top ten?
For me it’s a huge achievement to be 13 or 14 just having played 10 tournaments. Not many players have that ranking with so few tournaments

Why do you get injured so often?
Bad luck. I twisted my ankle; I played injured in the DC (February against Morocco), that I shouldn’t have done it, but no one remembers it. Then I lost some months till the clay season, and in RG QF I had a strain in the ribs, something that no one had seen, something that looked really weird, and I lost Wimbledon. Then I strained my thigh. I had a lot of bad luck.

Do you think it’s because the excess of competence?
I don’t know, because this year I didn’t play that much. But they’re just sequels that are there from previous years. To us every year is the same, in weeks of competence and trainings. There’s a moment where the physic can’t stand it anymore.

bovenbuuf
09-25-2004, 08:49 AM
thanks Jazz for both articles.. well he is really honest about it, must be very hard to get critics all the time..

*Ljubica*
09-25-2004, 08:51 AM
Thanks for all your hard work translating Jazz and for posting the articles :)

sigmagirl91
09-25-2004, 12:20 PM
As always, Jazz, thanks for the articles.

It seems, though, that David is always having to explain himself to the media, which is a terrible waste of time in my opinion. They are already under the impression that he's an incorrigible anyway, so why waste time.

jazz_girl
09-25-2004, 12:52 PM
You're welcome guys ;)

mrsnalby
09-25-2004, 04:08 PM
You know you are right- David is always explaining himself, why? He ows no one an explanation in my opinion. Thanks for the article, Sophia xx

jazz_girl
09-25-2004, 04:11 PM
Hi Sophia! Welcome to the forum! :wavey:

Sakura 0101
09-25-2004, 04:37 PM
Thanks a lot! Jazz :)

I always appreciate your precious information. :worship:

Sakura 0101
09-25-2004, 04:38 PM
Hi, Sophia :wavey:

jazz_girl
09-25-2004, 04:44 PM
Thanks Sakura!

bovenbuuf
09-25-2004, 06:40 PM
Hi sophia, welcome here!

bovenbuuf
10-07-2004, 06:28 PM
David after Muller match, Japan open:

"He played extremely well from the baseline and his serves were very good," Nalbandian said. "I don't have much confidence in my game at the moment and don't think I've played enough recently. I didn't have a very good start (to the tournament), because ... I don't know, I don't have much confidence at this moment."

jazz_girl
10-07-2004, 07:38 PM
This is soooo sad! I mean, I knew this was happening to him, but it's sad to hear him saying it. I hope he can get his confidence back soon, cause he needs it! :sad:

sigmagirl91
10-07-2004, 08:13 PM
Yeah, that comment was rather disturbing coming from him. That means that he is now a "target" for his opponents. If they can find an "edge" playing him, you damn better believe that they will.

He needs a dose of self-belief right now.

*Ljubica*
10-07-2004, 08:30 PM
I actually think it's good that he has admitted it..........we have all known this for a long time now, and don't they say admitting that you have a problem is the first step to overcoming it :)

jazz_girl
10-07-2004, 08:34 PM
It might be true, but I agree with sigma, it does give his rivals a huge advantage.

*Ljubica*
10-07-2004, 08:41 PM
It might be true, but I agree with sigma, it does give his rivals a huge advantage.

Agreed - but then to be honest I think most of the other guys have known this for quite a while anyway. There is always "locker room" chat in an environment like the tennis world where everyone travels around together so much, and I think David does have a bit of a repuation for being a "choker", just like everyone knows Rainer is lacking in confidence this year, and Marat has a tendancy to lose it emotionally!! I think he's only saying what most other players and coaches have known amongst themselves for a while anyway. I read that Coria has engaged a psychologist now because he admits he too has problems with confidence at times - so maybe this is just the first stage in rectifying the confidence problem.

jazz_girl
10-07-2004, 08:49 PM
Yeah, I guess you're right. If we knew it then why would the other players wouldn't know it as well...It makes sense...I hope he can get it back because the confidence is as important as the talent itself.

bovenbuuf
10-07-2004, 08:53 PM
that is true Jazz.. he needs the confidence to win and to feel comfortable in the matches..
and well we do know he had it, and well today he showed it again that it didn't work, so maybe it was a good step, but still I am more the person that would admitt it to the team/family/friends, but never say it to the press..

*Ljubica*
10-07-2004, 08:56 PM
Yeah, I guess you're right. If we knew it then why would the other players wouldn't know it as well...It makes sense...I hope he can get it back because the confidence is as important as the talent itself.

I am sure he will, but it will just take some time. I read an article about sports injuries not long ago, and it said that coming back from illness/injury in a physical sense was relatively easy (just diet, training, exercise etc), but the mental side took much longer. You almost have to "learn how to win" again, because your confidence takes a battering when you're out for any length of time, and you almost "forget" how to cope in important situations. Like anything, most of this confidence must come from within himself, but I think that Eduardo and Javier MUST be very important in this too - they are the people he sees most on Tour, so guess they have to work hard encouraging him and making him feel good about things. Also, we the fans are important here too - to carry on supporting him and caring about him even in the bad times. I will make sure to let him know he has loads of loyal people out here who will never desert him :) I can't promise that I will have the opportunity to tell him personally - but there are other ways ;)

jazz_girl
10-07-2004, 08:56 PM
That's what worries me, he's not too open with the press, then why confessing this to them? I feel like he's hoplessly looking for help or a solution...

jazz_girl
10-07-2004, 08:58 PM
I am sure he will, but it will just take some time. I read an article about sports injuries not long ago, and it said that coming back from illness/injury in a physical sense was relatively easy (just diet, training, exercise etc), but the mental side took much longer. You almost have to "learn how to win" again, because your confidence takes a battering when you're out for any length of time, and you almost "forget" how to cope in important situations. Like anything, most of this confidence must come from within himself, but I think that Eduardo and Javier MUST be very important in this too - they are the people he sees most on Tour, so guess they have to work hard encouraging him and making him feel good about things. Also, we the fans are important here too - to carry on supporting him and know that he is still loved even in the bad times. I will make sure to let him know he has loads of loyal people out here who will never desert him :)
That will be great Rosie! I'm sure he's gonna love seeing you there supporting him like you always do! :)

*Ljubica*
10-07-2004, 09:01 PM
That will be great Rosie! I'm sure he's gonna love seeing you there supporting him like you always do! :)

Yes - he likes to see the same faces supporting him - all players do - even if they don't know peoples' names - they recognise them and know who supports them :)

jazz_girl
10-07-2004, 09:05 PM
I'm sure he knows who you are and he will be more than happy to see you there!
Please, cheer him loudly!!! LOL

*Ljubica*
10-07-2004, 09:19 PM
I'm sure he knows who you are and he will be more than happy to see you there!
Please, cheer him loudly!!! LOL

Remember I'm English - we don't cheer loudly!!!! :p But we cheer in our own way - and he will KNOW I want him to win!!!

jazz_girl
10-07-2004, 09:24 PM
LOL!!! Well, even though I am Argentinian and we're loud by nature, I am the exception, so I know what you mean ;)

sigmagirl91
10-07-2004, 09:48 PM
Everyone knows that I am loud, and I have my own way of cheering for David. It's unique, but it gets results.

sigmagirl91
10-07-2004, 09:49 PM
I actually think it's good that he has admitted it..........we have all known this for a long time now, and don't they say admitting that you have a problem is the first step to overcoming it :)

They say confession is good for the soul, but do you believe that the media is the appropriate place to make that "confession".

*Ljubica*
10-08-2004, 08:22 AM
They say confession is good for the soul, but do you believe that the media is the appropriate place to make that "confession".

I don't think it makes any difference Sigma. Our TV commentators have been talking about David having a "crisis of confidence" for most of the year now - they know it, the other players know it and I'm sure those family and friends close to David know it too because they know David better than he knows himself! I think it's immaterial "where" he makes the confession - he isn't telling his opponents anymore than they know already and Marat has said similar things to the Press loads of times with no ill effects. The fact is that he is facing it himself and can move forward from now. Just my opinion anyway.

bibi_s
10-08-2004, 09:00 AM
Maybe he wants to reduce a little bit the big expectations all people have about his performance. He must be tired playing under such a big pressure. And he is probably always playing with a thought, somewhere back in his mind, that an injury may blow again. This prevents him I think from being a hundred percent dedicated when he plays. If he stays injury free for a longer period everything will settle with his confidence. I wish him that and much, much luck. Rosie have wonderful time in Viena. :wavey:

bovenbuuf
10-08-2004, 10:08 AM
About David, well still find it a strange feeling that he told it to the press, but maybe it was more because you don't think he would do it, because he is so private. But well maybe it can be good. In some other sports they did it aswell. Told that their lives didn't went well, and the press was always very nice to them, but well you do get later that they will ask, how are you know...

and well he is now first seed in Vienna, if you don't hear anything the people and the press wil expect something, he is the number 1 there, so then the feeling is more that at least he can make it to the SF.

But still its sad that it had to come this far, he can't change it and has to get through this but will be hard.So guess its good to playthe rest of this year, make the best of it, and well if he plays he can get some of the confidence back, not all.. think the period is to short for that and the amount of tournements less, but he can get a little bit back and maybe it also helps to make the feeling about this year a little bit better, dispite of all the injuries..

sigmagirl91
10-08-2004, 10:39 AM
Agreed - but then to be honest I think most of the other guys have known this for quite a while anyway. There is always "locker room" chat in an environment like the tennis world where everyone travels around together so much, and I think David does have a bit of a repuation for being a "choker", just like everyone knows Rainer is lacking in confidence this year, and Marat has a tendancy to lose it emotionally!! I think he's only saying what most other players and coaches have known amongst themselves for a while anyway. I read that Coria has engaged a psychologist now because he admits he too has problems with confidence at times - so maybe this is just the first stage in rectifying the confidence problem.

We can only hope that he does take the steps he needs to take. Which was why my proposal to sit it out for the rest of the year seemed valid to me. Playing more tournaments is not, at this point, going to cure the confidence problem. What will cure it is getting the help he needs-whether it's from a competent professional or from someone who is a trusted friend. Now, the media is not exactly the friendliest bunch around, and he is not considered by many to be media-friendly. To me, his confession is a "grasping at straws", a cry for help, if you will. Now, my advice to him would be to get the help he needs to get back on track.

sigmagirl91
10-08-2004, 10:41 AM
About David, well still find it a strange feeling that he told it to the press, but maybe it was more because you don't think he would do it, because he is so private. But well maybe it can be good. In some other sports they did it aswell. Told that their lives didn't went well, and the press was always very nice to them, but well you do get later that they will ask, how are you know...

and well he is now first seed in Vienna, if you don't hear anything the people and the press wil expect something, he is the number 1 there, so then the feeling is more that at least he can make it to the SF.

But still its sad that it had to come this far, he can't change it and has to get through this but will be hard.So guess its good to playthe rest of this year, make the best of it, and well if he plays he can get some of the confidence back, not all.. think the period is to short for that and the amount of tournements less, but he can get a little bit back and maybe it also helps to make the feeling about this year a little bit better, dispite of all the injuries..

Going through any crisis of confidence is difficult-especially when the goals you have set for yourself didn't get realized. I think that, more than anything, is what shattered his confidence.

*Ljubica*
10-08-2004, 11:02 AM
We can only hope that he does take the steps he needs to take. Which was why my proposal to sit it out for the rest of the year seemed valid to me. Playing more tournaments is not, at this point, going to cure the confidence problem. What will cure it is getting the help he needs-whether it's from a competent professional or from someone who is a trusted friend. Now, the media is not exactly the friendliest bunch around, and he is not considered by many to be media-friendly. To me, his confession is a "grasping at straws", a cry for help, if you will. Now, my advice to him would be to get the help he needs to get back on track.

I do see where you're coming from Sigma - I just don't happen to agree, - and
that isn't just from my own selfish point of view, though many might view it as that! One thing that my "tennis travels" have taught me is how close the Argentine players are to each other - how they talk and laugh a lot, and go out and socialise together and give lots of love and support to each other. Well with Coria being the big exception here of course but we're not here to talk about him! All the Argentine players have had some problems recently (Gaston - family problems, Agustin Calleri - injuries, Mariano Zabaleta - losing his coach), and I think David will prosper from being in an environment where they will all help and support each other! They are the people who truly know what he is going through and who have known him for years, and a strong support group around you is often all that you need.

sigmagirl91
10-08-2004, 11:09 AM
I do see where you're coming from Sigma - I just don't happen to agree, - and
that isn't just from my own selfish point of view, though many might view it as that! One thing that my "tennis travels" have taught me is how close the Argentine players are to each other - how they talk and laugh a lot, and go out and socialise together and give lots of love and support to each other. Well with Coria being the big exception here of course but we're not here to talk about him! All the Argentine players have had some problems recently (Gaston - family problems, Agustin Calleri - injuries, Mariano Zabaleta - losing his coach), and I think David will prosper from being in an environment where they will all help and support each other! They are the people who truly know what he is going through and who have known him for years, and a strong support group around you is often all that you need.

True, and I hope he takes full advantage of that. He needs it right now. And he needs us, his fans.

*Ljubica*
10-08-2004, 11:15 AM
True, and I hope he takes full advantage of that. He needs it right now. And he needs us, his fans.

Like I said before - he will KNOW I am there for him ;) I guess he will be extremely busy because, as Top Seed, he may have more activities for sponsors or press duties to perform than normal, - but - trust me - I have my ways :)

sigmagirl91
10-08-2004, 11:18 AM
Like I said before - he will KNOW I am there for him ;) I guess he will be extremely busy because, as Top Seed, he may have more activities for sponsors or press duties to perform than normal, - but - trust me - I have my ways :)

We know. Get some great pics if you can.

novanora
10-09-2004, 07:34 AM
I actually think it's good that he has admitted it..........we have all known this for a long time now, and don't they say admitting that you have a problem is the first step to overcoming it :)

i haven't been on internet yesterday because of party, so haven't check this interview quote until now :sad: yes, rosie, you are right, the confidence problem is the long one already, the only difference is he didn't say that out so directly until now.

i remember the jouralist asked him is it the tiredness caused his lost to jarkko in the China Open interview, and he answered no, it's just the opponent plays too well, and then he admitted he has been out US Open, and CO very early, giving a sad and disappointing expression if i say.
well, i remember he never admited the former early out tournament in interview when playing the current one like that. If he thinks he plays US Open terribly, why he mentioned it, shouldn't he forgot that quickly?? and now he even say that lacking confidence out. :sad: i know if a player who once be in the top 8, now lost early in 3 tournaments continuously, it's not strange he will lose the confidence. Maybe like you said, it's good to say it out, but i hope it won't bring some bad effect. Someone will lose more confidence when they say it out, like the Floyd psychological implication. :sad:

hope you will bring him luck, rosie. you will

bovenbuuf
10-13-2004, 05:28 PM
David made bungy jump today. He jumped the first time of his life from the Donaubridge

Nalbandian: "Incredible, it was really incredible. It was so nice! It goes so quick, you don't feel that much during the jump. Before jumping you are so scared since it's so high, you're jumping from 150 meters."

novanora
10-13-2004, 06:16 PM
:lol: bov, it's his first time to play bungy jump??? i remember he played parachuting jump once, do think it will be more interesting than bungy jump.

i've played once myself, exciting experience. when you drop down quickly and rebounce again, you will feel getting a new life. :) this sport can give you more courage, make u more brave. i promise hee will be refreshed after that .

bovenbuuf
10-13-2004, 06:24 PM
Oh well hope it helped David.. and that he gets more courage and convidence now then !

and no I would skip this item.. just say very fast: Next please ;) to chicken

sigmagirl91
10-13-2004, 06:44 PM
Well, I wouldn't do it. What if the rope snapped?

novanora
10-13-2004, 06:53 PM
Well, I wouldn't do it. What if the rope snapped?
the chance of rope snapping is equal to the chance of air plane accident. it's great experience, so i would like to risk to enjoy it.

bovenbuuf
10-13-2004, 07:02 PM
Sig you first ;)

jazz_girl
10-13-2004, 10:34 PM
http://iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=29&art_id=qw1097680502528B235
Tennis star tries hand at extreme sports
Vienna - Daredevil David Nalbandian on Wednesday made a leap of faith at the BA-CA Trophy tournament, taking a 152-metre bungee jump.

The high-flying morning's activity came about after the ATP polled players to see if there were any takers. The enthusiastic Argentine was first to put up his hand.

"Incredible, it was really incredible," said the top seed, who sailed away off the Donauturn near the river Danube for the first jump of his life. "It was so nice."

The tower is the tallest tower in Europe used for that kind of activity. But the stunt fit Nalbandian down to the ground, writing another chapter in an action-man lifestyle which includes racing rally cars and the more sedate interest of fishing.

"It goes so quick," the South American said after his flying leap. "You don't feel that much during the jump, but before, you are so scared.

"It's high, you are jumping from 150 metres." - Sapa-dpa

sigmagirl91
10-13-2004, 11:14 PM
I ain't bungee jumping. Hell no...no way....

Fedex
10-13-2004, 11:45 PM
Well, I wouldn't do it. What if the rope snapped?
Exactly. The chances of me bungee jumping, is about as likely as me sky diving. I'm just not willing to take the risk.

bovenbuuf
10-14-2004, 07:24 AM
I ain't bungee jumping. Hell no...no way....
good. me niether! SO I will just wait till you ever get the courage to do so.. I think I can wait long:) and I have no problems with that ;)

*Ljubica*
10-14-2004, 09:40 AM
I ain't bungee jumping. Hell no...no way....

Neither will I - I thought I was going to be sick just watching :eek: David seemed to enjoy it though - which proves he must be eitherv crazy or a total adrenalin junkie! It was entertaining though - in a sad kind of way!!!

bovenbuuf
10-14-2004, 10:04 AM
ah well guess its the same thing why he likes the rally so much, find out till how far you can go...

sigmagirl91
10-14-2004, 10:49 AM
Neither will I - I thought I was going to be sick just watching :eek: David seemed to enjoy it though - which proves he must be eitherv crazy or a total adrenalin junkie! It was entertaining though - in a sad kind of way!!!

He's crazy-BL...totally crazy.... :o

jazz_girl
10-25-2004, 01:53 PM
Quotes:
"Lo del desgarro intercostal, el médico me dijo que nunca había visto algo igual, que es una lesión muy rara. En la que puede ser que haya habido una falla fue el desgarro del muslo posterior antes de los Juegos Olímpicos. Habría que ver por qué fue. Para que no se repita, el plan es hacer buenos estudios y pretemporada como base general. Estoy disconforme con lo que me pasó este año, pero cuando pude rendí. No son muchos los que jugando tan poco puedan seguir en la lucha por el Masters"

"About the intercostal strain, the doctor told me he had never seen anything like that, that's a very werid injury. There might have been a failure in the muscle was in the thy injury before the Olympics. We should see why. So it won't happen again, we're planning on doing good tests and a pre-season as a general base. I'm in disconfort with what happened to me this year, but when I was able to play, I did it well. There aren't many players that playing so little can go on fighting for a place in the Masters"

De no jugar el certamen suizo, perderá sus últimas chances de Masters y decidirá si cierra el año en el Masters Series de París, la semana siguiente, o le pone punto final a la temporada.

If he doesn't play the Swiss tournament, he'll lose his last chances of playing the Masters and will decide if he finishes this year in the Paris TMS , next week, or if it's done.
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=855901

jazz_girl
10-25-2004, 02:27 PM
“A Safin le salieron bien las cosas y jugó un partido realmente bueno. Como dije en la ceremonia de premios, yo no tuve mi día. No tuve posibilidades de demasiados intercambios, las pelotas le favorecían a él... Me ganó bien”
""Safin did everything right and played a really good match. Like I said in the awards ceremony, it wasn't my day. I didn't have much chances of rallies, the balls favoured him... It was a good win"
“Lo ideal hubiese sido ganar aquí, pero todavía tengo posibilidades. Tendré que ganar en Basilea y París. Quiero ir a Houston y por eso voy a seguir luchando”
"The ideal thing had been winning here, but I still have chances. I'll have to win in Basel and Paris. I want to go to Houston and that's why I want to keep fighting"
“En este año, siempre que jugué una final, me tocó con un especialista: en Roma, ante Moya; aquí ante Safin. Hasta me tocó Gaudio en Roland Garros. Pero está claro que quiero ganar esas finales”
"This year, every time I played in a final, I got an especialist: in Rome, against Moya; here with Safin. I even got Gaudio in Roland Garros. But it's clear that I want to win those finals"
“Por un lado estoy disconforme por lo que me pasó en esta temporada. Perdí cosas importantes como la Copa Davis, Wimbledon o los Juegos Olímpicos. Pero por el otro, en los pocos torneos importantes que jugué, obtuve buenos resultados y eso me motiva. Son pocos los tenistas que, jugando tan poco, puedan seguir en la lucha por el Masters”
"On one hand I'm in disconfort for what happened to me this season. I lost important things like the Davis Cup, Wimbledon or the Olympics. But on the other, in the few tournaments I played, I got good results and that motivates me. There are few tennis players that, playing so little, can still have chancer to enter the Masters"
Hi goal for 2005: Winning a GS and being among the top 3.

crimson
10-25-2004, 03:26 PM
Thanks for the articles and translations jazz girl. :) Hopefully he'll achieve both his 2005 goals. :)

novanora
10-25-2004, 03:35 PM
thanks jazz for the nice interview!! :yeah: it's so damn right "there are few tennis players that, playing so little, can still have chancer to enter the Masters" :)

and his big goal really makes me look forward to the next good season :D maybe God just let all his life's injuries into only one year, so that he can be free from any injury in the rest years!

jazz_girl
10-25-2004, 03:40 PM
I hope you're right Nova :yeah:

jazz_girl
11-01-2004, 10:59 AM
"Nalbandian, sin embargo, no ha precisado la naturaleza de su lesión pero debe ser examinado, hoy mismo, por el médico del torneo parisino, el doctor Bernard Montalvan. Nalbandian será reemplazado en el cuadro por el italiano Davide Sanguinetti."



"Nalbandian hasn't explained what kind of injury he has but must be tested by the tournament's doctor, Bernard Montalvan, today. Nalbandian will be replaced in the draw by the Italian Davide Sanguinetti."

novanora
11-01-2004, 11:03 AM
grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, another mysterious UFO injury.....:retard:

sigmagirl91
11-01-2004, 11:05 AM
Another freak occurrence, that's for sure....

jazz_girl
11-01-2004, 11:08 AM
According to Ole is an injury in the left leg, the same that bothered him in yesterday's match.

sigmagirl91
11-01-2004, 11:11 AM
According to Ole is an injury in the left leg, the same that bothered him in yesterday's match.

Hamstring pull? I'm glad he pulled out. Wouldn't want him in the Paris Hilton aggravating that injury further.... :o

jazz_girl
11-01-2004, 06:55 PM
Quotes:
"No puedo jugar en París por un dolor en la rodilla izquierda que se empezó a presentar en el torneo de Viena. Estas molestias se amplificaron en Madrid y ahora en Basilea fueron mucho mayores"
"I can't play in Paris because of a pain in the left knee that started in the Vienna tournament. Those pains were bigger in Madrid, and now in Basel were much worse"

"En la final de Basilea tuve que pedir la ayuda de un masajista en el último set, ya que se me bloqueba la pierna y me producía un dolor en la rodilla"
"In the Basel final I had to ask help from a masseur in the last set, because my leg kept blocking and I had a pain in my knee"

"(No jugar Paris)Me da la posibilidad de descansar una semana suplementaria y preparar de forma más serena la temporada del próximo año"
"(not playing in Paris) gives me the chance of having one more week to rest and prepare next year's season"

The Paris organizers:
"La organización deplora las renuncias, que se suman a la ya larga lista existente en París y Madrid durante las últimas semanas"
"The organization deplores the withdrawals, that are added to the now long list that exists in Paris and Madrid during the last weeks"

bovenbuuf
11-01-2004, 08:24 PM
thanks for the quotes, and yes Paris does have now a very long withdrawl list...
sorry to hear he does have this problems since vienna

khyber
11-01-2004, 09:40 PM
"I can't play in Paris because of a pain in the left knee that started in the Vienna tournament.

Bungee Jump, anyone???

jazz_girl
11-01-2004, 10:44 PM
Actually, he broke a toe in Vienna and has been playing like that ever since. He can't run right, which made his knee hurt.

crigazzio
11-02-2004, 11:20 AM
I like this "(not playing in Paris) gives me the chance of having one more week to rest and prepare next year's season"
I can´t wait for the new year!!!!!!!

novanora
11-02-2004, 11:40 AM
Actually, he broke a toe in Vienna and has been playing like that ever since. He can't run right, which made his knee hurt.

is that the same toe as the Madrid broken one?:scratch: i mean he broken a toe by kicking it on the net stand in Madrid, right? and including the toe cut in the running machine before, if taken off sox, his foot will be incredible :eek:

sigmagirl91
11-02-2004, 03:03 PM
Our David is extremely clumsy.

Raquel
11-02-2004, 11:33 PM
is that the same toe as the Madrid broken one?:scratch: i mean he broken a toe by kicking it on the net stand in Madrid, right? and including the toe cut in the running machine before, if taken off sox, his foot will be incredible :eek:
The toe he broke in Vienna was after kicking an advertising board on the side of the court. He has to try and curb his temper as it is leading to too many broken toes lately (or is it the same toe?) :o

jazz_girl
11-03-2004, 12:08 AM
It's the same toe, but his temper already cost him a broken toe and a point off...

sigmagirl91
11-03-2004, 12:16 AM
And that's not good, people....

bovenbuuf
11-03-2004, 07:03 AM
No, when you read the lines, it even sounds silly. How he manage to get a broken toe.. but still its not good at all

novanora
11-03-2004, 12:45 PM
The toe he broke in Vienna was after kicking an advertising board on the side of the court. He has to try and curb his temper as it is leading to too many broken toes lately (or is it the same toe?) :o

ok, Raquel. Since he likes kicking sth so much, i don't mind if he tries some soccer......at least the football is much softer :o

jazz_girl
11-11-2004, 11:34 AM
David is in Australia right now. He'll be cheering for his friend Marcos Ligato in a rally competition.

crigazzio
11-11-2004, 11:50 AM
David is in Australia right now. He'll be cheering for his friend Marcos Ligato in a rally competition.
This is from today??? Where do you find it?????? Please, please, tell me!!! ;)

jazz_girl
11-11-2004, 11:55 AM
Yeah, I was thinking about you when I read this :) I guess we know the truth now ;)
Here's the link:
http://www.lagaceta.com.ar/vernota.asp?id_seccion=4&seccion=Deportes&id_nota=94797
It's the last paragraph.

crigazzio
11-11-2004, 12:02 PM
;) Thanks, that is a newspapper from here!!!!!! I didn´t read it yet..... jajajajajaj I have to read more of my city!!! :P

jazz_girl
11-11-2004, 12:06 PM
LOL!!! :yeah:

crigazzio
11-11-2004, 12:29 PM
WOWOWO i have to do that!!!! Alperovich with the Pope??? WOWOWOWOW
For the people who+s not live in Tucumán, Alperovich is the goverment of my city, and he´s not catholic at all.....

bovenbuuf
11-12-2004, 08:23 AM
Well good to see you are so happy with the new newspaper and the Alporovich

jazz_girl
11-12-2004, 11:03 AM
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=867488
David, to the Rally
David Nalbandian had the priority above Cañas for ranking, but he turned the Masters down to take care of his injuries. On vacations in Australia, tomorrow David will cheer for his friend Marcos Ligato in the Australian Rally.

bovenbuuf
11-12-2004, 11:10 AM
well guess its a good thing. He loves to watch rally and well to drive also in a rally car.. so seems to me it will be a nice vacation.

crigazzio
11-12-2004, 03:49 PM
Well good to see you are so happy with the new newspaper and the Alporovich

No, no, i´m not so happy with Alperovich, is not soooo goooddd!!!!!But is the only that we have ;)

bovenbuuf
11-12-2004, 04:04 PM
yeah sometimes you can't change things

tiger_tim
11-13-2004, 05:04 PM
Our David is extremely clumsy.
MY david :D

*Ljubica*
11-13-2004, 05:07 PM
MY david :D

Hello and welcome tiger_tim :wavey: .............but we all SHARE David here - it's a very democratic Forum :)

jazz_girl
11-13-2004, 06:04 PM
LOL!
Hi Tiger_Tim :wavey:

Fedex
11-14-2004, 01:56 AM
Hello and welcome tiger_tim :wavey: .............but we all SHARE David here - it's a very democratic Forum :)
lol, Rosie. Welcome tiger_tim, and good luck in Houston. (Please beat Roddick and Coria) :)

novanora
11-14-2004, 06:22 AM
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=867488
David, to the Rally
David Nalbandian had the priority above Cañas for ranking, but he turned the Masters down to take care of his injuries. On vacations in Australia, tomorrow David will cheer for his friend Marcos Ligato in the Australian Rally.
don't envy Willy, david :lol: personally, i think rally vacation in beautiful Australia is much better than bearing Mac's face as an alternate in Houston.

bovenbuuf
11-14-2004, 07:39 AM
Me too Nova, what I saw on telly, it must be really nice.. but guess David was a little bit disepointed that Carlos can't drive.

jazz_girl
11-14-2004, 10:16 AM
Well, David couldn't cheer for his friend cause there was a problem with the car and he couldn't compete.
Here is a part of Gaudio interview:
-There are three Argentinians among 9...
-I can't believe it. Being a country much smaller than the USA, they just have one player and have three. I'd like to see this being more valued.

-Do you consider that it's not like that?
-Well...there are time in which the press critizises us, it's not fair. We're going through the best time in Argentinian tennis. For example David (Nalbandian) was critizised for losing a final, instead of saying that he reached two finals in a row. In a country with the population that Argentina has, having 3 Argentinians in this Masters is a very rare thing. We have to cherish that and give it the real dimension it has.

-Can we win the DC in 2005?
-The draw was pretty complicated because we would get Australia in the second round. But let's not forget that David was a Wimbledon finalist.

It seems he likes David...

FryslanBoppe
11-14-2004, 10:26 AM
Jazzita, thanks very much for the interview and it's good to see Gaston respects him in a big way.

I can't believe the idiot invasion on GM, worse than usual.

jazz_girl
11-14-2004, 10:32 AM
Do what I do: Avoid the GM!!! At least for now ;)

FryslanBoppe
11-14-2004, 10:36 AM
Do what I do: Avoid the GM!!! At least for now ;)

I can't do that as there are some quality posts among the crap, and I see GWH has decided to bait some of the Coria trolls. The TMC pictures I think will be the latest battleground.

Fedex
11-14-2004, 10:43 AM
Ah, yes, the Coria trolls are making a name for themselves, aren't they? In the last few days, I've had to deal with CoriaFuck4ever, hitchhiker, and some other ones as well. CoriaFuck4ever is the most entertaining, and well, we all know about hitchhiker, so I dont need to go into details.

FryslanBoppe
11-14-2004, 10:47 AM
Anyway I hope David enjoyed his holiday in Australia. He needs to rest up his injuries and then the very hard off-season training and he is going to be ripped when he comes to Australia for the circuit.

novanora
11-14-2004, 11:21 AM
Well, David couldn't cheer for his friend cause there was a problem with the car and he couldn't compete.
Here is a part of Gaudio interview:
-There are three Argentinians among 9...
-I can't believe it. Being a country much smaller than the USA, they just have one player and have three. I'd like to see this being more valued.

-Do you consider that it's not like that?
-Well...there are time in which the press critizises us, it's not fair. We're going through the best time in Argentinian tennis. For example David (Nalbandian) was critizised for losing a final, instead of saying that he reached two finals in a row. In a country with the population that Argentina has, having 3 Argentinians in this Masters is a very rare thing. We have to cherish that and give it the real dimension it has.

-Can we win the DC in 2005?
-The draw was pretty complicated because we would get Australia in the second round. But let's not forget that David was a Wimbledon finalist.

It seems he likes David...

Thanks, Jazz!
he mentioned David many times, and in the nice way ;) He is right, the press always put high lights on the darkness, 3/9 of TMC tickets for Argentines is already a great achievement, though it is not that evident as the Russian girls dominate the Los Angeles :lol:

novanora
11-14-2004, 11:38 AM
Me too Nova, what I saw on telly, it must be really nice.. but guess David was a little bit disepointed that Carlos can't drive.
Yeah, i heard about that, and they also said Carlos could end his career, david will be sad if it's true.
just learned from our sports news, the Australia stop is the last and the most difficult one in WRC, and this year's champion is the French Sebastian Loeb, also from Citroen

jazz_girl
11-14-2004, 11:40 AM
Hi Nova!!!
Just so everyone knows, the whole interview is in the Gaudio forum, and I think Nova will be happy to know that Cañas arrived wearing a "smile from ear to ear" :D

novanora
11-14-2004, 11:53 AM
Hi Nova!!!
Just so everyone knows, the whole interview is in the Gaudio forum, and I think Nova will be happy to know that Cañas arrived wearing a "smile from ear to ear" :D
jazz~~ :hug:
"smile from ear to ear", he should be like this smilie: :lol:
i did see his TMC Opening Ceremony pics, don't you think he looks much more fantastic than most of those 8 direct attenders?! :yeah:

jazz_girl
11-14-2004, 11:56 AM
I soooooo want him to play! I know he can do a great job!

*Ljubica*
11-14-2004, 12:07 PM
I hope he can play too. By the way - have you guys seen GWH and CooCooCachoo's new ATP Game for 2005 over on GM where you have to pick two players for the season? No one has picked Canas yet - so perhaps one of you Willy fans ought to jump in there quick! Sorry - I already picked David and my other player was Agustin Calleri!

Fedex
11-14-2004, 12:13 PM
I might consider playing that game Rosie, but I bet Federer and Safin are already taken. Plus I'm inconsistent in these games. I played PAW for a few clay events and a grass event, and I've gotten lazy and haven't played since.

novanora
11-14-2004, 12:17 PM
let's just wait and see :D to be frank, i haven't thought Willy can go Houston in first half of this year until i saw personally he did how good job in Shanghai :D so i am already satisfied he is a substitute, i know he can come here next year AS THE TOP 8!! :worship:

look at the new pic, sorry for gaston fans, but is that Willy the most gorgeous one of the 3 argentines :hearts:

*Ljubica*
11-14-2004, 12:22 PM
I might consider playing that game Rosie, but I bet Federer and Safin are already taken. Plus I'm inconsistent in these games. I played PAW for a few clay events and a grass event, and I've gotten lazy and haven't played since.

Neither of them are taken at the moment Fedex - but you can only pick one Top 20 player and one other - so I would grab Roger quickly if you want to play! I admit I'm inconsistent too - mainly because if the amount of time I spend away with no Net access - but it's only fun!!

sigmagirl91
11-14-2004, 12:32 PM
Jazzita, thanks very much for the interview and it's good to see Gaston respects him in a big way.

I can't believe the idiot invasion on GM, worse than usual.

And not a moment too soon. Two Coria trolls bad repped me the other day (no, not that one. She hasn't gotten around to it yet, and she probably forgot that she didn't bad rep me), and our favorite troll, hitchhiker, has it bad for me.

FryslanBoppe
11-14-2004, 12:37 PM
And not a moment too soon. Two Coria trolls bad repped me the other day (no, not that one. She hasn't gotten around to it yet, and she probably forgot that she didn't bad rep me), and our favorite troll, hitchhiker, has it bad for me.

I had some fun with hitchhiker for sure, it's a fool and see the recent posts in the Glaudio is lucky thread and you'll see why.

novanora
11-14-2004, 12:42 PM
I hope he can play too. By the way - have you guys seen GWH and CooCooCachoo's new ATP Game for 2005 over on GM where you have to pick two players for the season? No one has picked Canas yet - so perhaps one of you Willy fans ought to jump in there quick! Sorry - I already picked David and my other player was Agustin Calleri!
rosie, seems while i was reading the long post of Coocoo about the rules and information of this game, Willy has already been picked by Marc.....and seems one player can only be chosen once......

FryslanBoppe
11-14-2004, 12:45 PM
rosie, seems while i was reading the long post of Coocoo about the rules and information of this game, Willy has already been picked by Marc.....and seems one player can only be chosen once......

I mean Moya is still free and the deal is you can pick 2 players only one of the top ones, you should play it's a fun game.

sigmagirl91
11-14-2004, 12:45 PM
I had some fun with hitchhiker for sure, it's a fool and see the recent posts in the Glaudio is lucky thread and you'll see why.


Just got through reading that incredi-bullshit that it posted.

FryslanBoppe
11-14-2004, 12:47 PM
Just got through reading that incredi-bullshit that it posted.

It was too easy for me.

sigmagirl91
11-14-2004, 12:48 PM
It was too easy for me.

Yeah, it was easy for me too. Poor little guy's points were all over the place without a logic stop and start. And it didn't help that his command of the language is piss-poor.

FryslanBoppe
11-14-2004, 12:51 PM
Yeah, it was easy for me too. Poor little guy's points were all over the place without a logic stop and start. And it didn't help that his command of the language is piss-poor.

True

Fedex
11-14-2004, 12:53 PM
Thanks Rosie. :) I've claimed Roger and Pavel.

*Ljubica*
11-14-2004, 12:55 PM
I mean Moya is still free and the deal is you can pick 2 players only one of the top ones, you should play it's a fun game.

And unbelievably Marat is still up for grabs at present! That won't last long though!!

Fedex
11-14-2004, 12:58 PM
He is? I should tell maratski, though she is not online at the moment, and will probably miss the chance getting him.

FryslanBoppe
11-14-2004, 01:01 PM
Roddick is still available, ah what great taste these people have.

Fedex
11-14-2004, 01:08 PM
Oh, I am sure one of the beloved 'duckfucks' will claim him soon enough.

*Ljubica*
11-14-2004, 01:11 PM
Thanks Rosie. :) I've claimed Roger and Pavel.

Yes I saw that - it's a shame about Maratski - she was on line earlier - guess she will be too late when she comes back :sad:

FryslanBoppe
11-14-2004, 01:12 PM
Oh, I am sure one of the beloved 'duckfucks' will claim him soon enough.

Yes.

*Ljubica*
11-14-2004, 01:14 PM
Yes.

And where is our friend CoriaFan4Ever when "El Tramposo" is still available?!

FryslanBoppe
11-14-2004, 01:15 PM
And where is our friend CoriaFan4Ever when "El Tramposo" is still available?!

This games requires strategy, that rules them out.

*Ljubica*
11-14-2004, 01:27 PM
This games requires strategy, that rules them out.

Yes - and more than one brain cell! I understand now!

jazz_girl
11-15-2004, 10:19 AM
Feña:
"Creo que (David) Nalbandian debería haber estado entre los ocho. Otro de los tenistas que falta es (Andre) Agassi. Terminó ocho del mundo el año y se merecía estar. Además que es un jugador que le hace bien al tenis, porque es carismático, atrae público".

"I think (David) Nalbandian should have been among the eight. Other tennis player that is missing is (Andre) Agassi. He finished 8 and he deserved to be there. Besides, he's a player that does good to tennis, because he's charismatic, he attracts the public"

novanora
11-15-2004, 11:10 AM
because he's charismatic, he attracts the public"
:lol: i never thought someone will use the word "charismatic" to describe him, i mean he is not that popular as Marat and Andre around the whole world, right? but i have no reason to oppose Feña, at least he does attract us a lot! ;)

sigmagirl91
11-15-2004, 11:13 AM
:lol: i never thought someone will use the word "charismatic" to describe him, i mean he is not that popular as Marat and Andre around the whole world, right? but i have no reason to oppose Feña, at least he does attract us a lot! ;)

Uh, nova, Feña was actually referring to Agassi as charismatic .

novanora
11-15-2004, 11:22 AM
Uh, nova, Feña was actually referring to Agassi as charismatic .
ehhhhhhhhh :rolleyes: i shouldn't have that thought then..........so 2/3 of Feña's this quote is about andre......

and this is the only part about david: "I think (David) Nalbandian should have been among the eight."

crigazzio
11-15-2004, 12:52 PM
Feña:
"Creo que (David) Nalbandian debería haber estado entre los ocho. Otro de los tenistas que falta es (Andre) Agassi. Terminó ocho del mundo el año y se merecía estar. Además que es un jugador que le hace bien al tenis, porque es carismático, atrae público".

"I think (David) Nalbandian should have been among the eight. Other tennis player that is missing is (Andre) Agassi. He finished 8 and he deserved to be there. Besides, he's a player that does good to tennis, because he's charismatic, he attracts the public"

Feña supporting David??? WOWOWOWOW LOL!!! After all i like Feña :p

Fedex
11-17-2004, 02:10 AM
This games requires strategy, that rules them out.
:lol: Very true.

jazz_girl
11-22-2004, 10:49 AM
Quotes from various players and journalists on Argentina having 4 top 11:
http://www.clarin.com/diario/2004/11/22/deportes/d-02615.htm
Marat: "Of course it's a fenomenon, it's world tennis power". "They always had a good school. Mancini, Pérez-Roldán, Jaite...It's true that during some years there weren't players, but now a lot are coming out and doing it reall well. Having three players here(Houston) among the 9 is very outsanding". "They have an excellent internal competition, just like as (the russians) with the girls. And with that competence they help each other.
About his favourite player: "I love how Calleri plays..."
"I think they should invest more money, especially to see if there are girls in the top as well"

Moyá:
"It's something that we saw it coming; Argentina is a world power, and is getting bigger. Each player has his characteristic, Coria and Nalbandian are the ones playing better; and Cañas made a great year coming back from an important injury. Every one has a different game, but very effective"
"The advance is progressive. They had a top ten 2 years ago, two last year, and three this year. They're going up, although as long as Federer is in this level it's gonna be difficult to take the N°1 from him"

Federer: "Argentina has players to have 3 or 4 Davis Cup teams. They're not just good in clay; they're doing it in hardcourts. And they're getting better and better"

Bryan Bros: Mike:"It's a similar process like in Spain, witha great amount of players"
Bob:"Not even a world power like the USA has something like it"

Bud Collins: "It's wonderful. This comes from the Guillermo Vilas inspiration and from the Ericsson Cup. I don't understand how they didn't make it to the Davis Cup final. I think Nalbandian is the one with more chances of being N°1"

Philippe Bouin: "Argentina has the best tennis in the world, although they need more complete players, just like Nalbandian and Cañas. And Coria can still improve"

Craig Gabriel: "They have a secret, but I don't know what it is. Although the Argentinian advance is important for the world tennis for the success in South America. I think the players need to fight more when they're down in a match"

Richard Evans: "It surprises when a country has so many players among the best with this quality. The credit goes to Tito Vázquez and Vilas"

Rolf Bichsel: "They just need to take the last step to dominate the tennis world"

Greg Sharko: "It is surprising. The growing of Argentina is a key for the Latin American tennis. Especially with Cañas recovery. They have a large cantity and variety of players and the future also looks good with men like Monaco"

Guillermo Vilas: "This is not the end, this will go on..."

*Ljubica*
11-22-2004, 11:42 AM
Thanks for posting that Jazz. How are you feeling today ? :)

jazz_girl
11-22-2004, 11:44 AM
I'm feeling much better today, thanks for asking :hug: Actually, I'm no dizzy at all, so I'll be going out in a few minutes cause I have some things to do. Then I'll go to the doctor in the afternoon to see what he tells me.

novanora
11-22-2004, 12:18 PM
Marat: "They have an excellent internal competition, just like as (the russians) with the girls. And with that competence they help each other.

insightful, and i totally agree :yeah: this is the most important reason why argentina tennis grows up quickly lastest years.

Bud Collins: :" I think Nalbandian is the one with more chances of being N°1"

forgive me, but this is the quote i like most :lol:

and jazz, i guess you are lack of nutrition element such as carbohydrate or sth. i felt dizzy once when i was little, and doctor suggests me to eat more sweets......
hope you recover soon! :hug:

*Ljubica*
11-22-2004, 01:36 PM
I'm feeling much better today, thanks for asking :hug: Actually, I'm no dizzy at all, so I'll be going out in a few minutes cause I have some things to do. Then I'll go to the doctor in the afternoon to see what he tells me.

Good Luck at the doctors, Jazz :)

jazz_girl
11-22-2004, 03:00 PM
Thanks guys! :hug: I'm not sure if that's really the problem Nova, cause I had convulsions(sp?) and we have to investigate a little bit further. But I'm optimistic and I'm sure it's nothing serious.
BTW, I like that quote too! :)

jazz_girl
11-23-2004, 11:44 PM
http://www.derf.com.ar/despachos.asp?cod_des=18746
Nalbandian: "Las lesiones me impidieron acercarme al Nº1".

The cordobés David Nalbandian is back in Buenos Aires and training again, and at the end of the sesion, he assured that the Swiss Roger Federer "Is not unbeatable", in spite of his amazing season in the ATP tour. "He can be beaten. It's tough, but I train for that", claimed Nalbandian, who has a positive record of 5 victories and two defeats with the swiss in the professionalism, although the N°1 in the Ranking won the last two encounters.

Federer won eleven tournaments this year, among them are the AO, Wimbledon and the USO, also the Houston Masters Cup.

The Argentinian, 9 in the world, trained this morning in the hard courts of the CENARD and then expressed his sadness because of the injuroes that didn't allow him to perform at his best in the season that just ended in Houston.

"If it weren't for the injuries, I would be much higher (in the ranking). Now, I want to try for a few days to see how I evolve. I had hopes of this year to be better, but the left knee problem didn't allow me to play much tournaments and that's why I couldn't be higher", explained.

The player, trained by Eduardo Infantino, assured that if this year he hadn't been injured he "would have ended much higher in the ranking and closer to the N°1 for sure".

"Every player in the ranking are in a great level, but I'll fight to get that goal", guaranteed in declaration to the Sports Department Web Site.

Beyond the phisical problems, the argentinian was able to get to Rome and Madrid TMS finals, and also to the Basel tournament.

On the other hand, the player that comes from Unquillo, celebrated the Davis Cup draw in regard of having the Czech Republic in the first round, as locals, although he admited that after that, the fixture looks complicated.

"Since we're playing in march the first tie as locals, the series will favour us. It'll get complicated a little as visitants(sp?), because they will change the surface for sure, but it will be a nice challenge. I think that with the players we have. we can win the DC with no problems", completed.

If Argentina beats Czech Republic, the argentinian team should face Australia away.

*Ljubica*
11-24-2004, 04:56 AM
Thanks for posting Jazz - and nice to read a new article and interview with David after all this time :)

sigmagirl91
11-24-2004, 10:56 AM
Thanks, Jazz, as always.

jazz_girl
11-24-2004, 05:45 PM
There have been lots of other articles about David, but they're all pretty much the same, and they include the same quotes. Although the last one I read said that David is in a great mood and looks very optimistic :)

novanora
11-25-2004, 11:31 AM
An article full of hope :) i like it. Thanks Jazz a lot!~~ i really hope he can play against Roger again soon! and beat him!! They met many times in 2003, and he beat Roger a lot. But in this unfortunate 2004, they only played in AO qualifinal once at the beginning of the season. David won't be like the potato, who has been peeled by Roger for 6 times in one year, and already lost the confidence when facing the God Fed.

jazz_girl
11-25-2004, 11:42 AM
You're welcome guys! :)
I'm happy to read these kind of articles too :yeah:

jazz_girl
11-25-2004, 11:47 AM
Quote on the DC from Agustín Calleri:
"IF we don't get together, it will be difficult to win it"
"Si no nos juntamos va a ser difícil ganarla".

novanora
11-25-2004, 11:55 AM
get together here means united?

jazz_girl
11-25-2004, 12:00 PM
Yeah, that's what he means.

novanora
11-25-2004, 12:26 PM
but, they are already very united for me, except....eh....you know who......

jazz_girl
11-25-2004, 07:21 PM
According to Cañas, "Gaudio is the proof that any Argentinian can win a GS".

jazz_girl
11-25-2004, 11:23 PM
And David keeps on changing: now his new Phisical Trainer is Valdecampos, while his ex-PT, Capitaine, has joined Guillermo Coria's team.

sigmagirl91
11-26-2004, 01:13 AM
And David keeps on changing: now his new Phisical Trainer is Valdecampos, while his ex-PT, Capitaine, has joined Guillermo Coria's team.

Is that guy any good? The Valdecampos guy, that is.

jazz_girl
11-26-2004, 09:08 AM
To tell you the truth, I've never heard of him...
I'll try to see if there are more news about it and I'll let you know.

jazz_girl
11-26-2004, 09:35 AM
http://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportiva/nota.asp?nota_id=657412&origen=cd_google
"David had a lot of bad luck with injuries"

Doctor Vicente Vispe is not someone else in the David Nalbandian team. With 62 years old, he has a professional life linked to the sports medicine. Not for nothing during 12 years he was doctor of the professional team of Belgrano, in Cordoba, besides being the operational chief of sanity(sp?) during the basketball World Cup in 1990.

Today, this Unquillo neighbour, the one that gets very pround when he talks about Cavis, because he knows him since he was very "little", and takes care, along with the Spaniard Angel Luis Cotorro, doctor of the Spanish Tennis Federation, of the health of the N°9 player in the world.

"I think that this year, David had a lot of bad luck with injuries. It can't be possible all that happened to him. He was out for a month and a half, after the David Cup, because of a tendonitis in the back tibia(sp?), then he added a contusion of the calcáneo (sp???) with edema(sp???), it means, he had liquid inside the cavity; then the strains appeared in the abs, in the intercostal zone and in the thy, besides the bothering he had in the knee.
And all of that means he had to stop between 10 to 15 days for each one of those things", says Vispe, before going to Cordoba with part of Nalbandian's tests he did this week.

"For all that, this year we decided with all of his team, Eduardo Infantino, coach, and David's family, to face everything in a different way: David will do a 6 week pre-season, like he never did it before, that's planned totally with a work that allows the aerobic, elasticity and resistence. We're doing everything we can so David can have a great year, because I have no doubts that we're talking about a sports man that's in conditions to do huge things", concluded the cordobés's doctor.

jazz_girl
11-26-2004, 10:02 AM
http://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportiva/nota.asp?nota_id=657410&origen=cd_google

Nalbandian: "The Davis Cup is a debt I have with myself"

It's not one more season for David Nalbandian. At the beginning, the goals were a lot for 2004, but the injuries appeared in key moments to ruin a year, in which, besides, he managed to get to two Master Series finals (Rome and Madrid) and to the historic semifinals of Roland Garros, being defeated by no other than the Champion Gastón Gaudio.

After being in the capital of Spain and taking the decision of not playing in Paris, the cordobes, who'll turn 23 years old on January 1st, went on vacations to Perth, where he enjoyed the Australian Rally, and went to the Fidji Islands. But there is no more time to remember the relaxed days. Because as soon as he stood a foot in Argentina, the cordobés, 9° in the Ranking and Race, started taking some tests and analisis, previous to a pre-season of six weeks-he'll start on monday- in which he'll try to change the luck of year in which injuries had more protagonism than his good comebacks.

-At the end of last year, you said you were ready to be N°1; today you're still a top-ten, in a spot lower than you got in 2003...
-You have to analize that from two differents points. The first one is that I was expecting to finish the year a bit better, but besides that, I was injured half of the year and that's what I didn't like of this year: I played very little, I lost 6 or 7 big tournaments and that's very annoying. If you see that, everything was bad. However, another analisis would be good: having played so little, having fought till the last day to get a place for the Masters is very meritorious. And I can't leave that aside. There are two different balances.

-So, it's the year good or bad for you?
-Regular. I think I can be much better.

-What do you have to do to be a little higher?
-Start working, and that's what I'm doing since this week, along with the phisical exams, to see where the mistakes were and what I must do better to face next year with everything resolved.

-What are your goals for 2005?
Obviously, the same I had for this year. Fighting very high, one, two or three; winning a Grand Slam, that's something that's on my mind all the time and the Davis Cup, even though we had a very complicated draw, we are as candidates as always.

-Is it easier to face a Grand Slam after what Gaudio did? I mean, knowing that the stigma of being the first one to win a Slam after Vilas has been broken?
-No, not at all. I have a final and two semifinals of Grand Slams. It doesn't influence me the fact that there's an Argentinian that won it. I have no kind of pressure.

-How do you see the Davis Cup?
-Czech Republic is a good match for us because I think we have a great team to play as locals; Australia, in the second round is tough, complicated because Argentina is not a specialist in gass. Even though I can play well in that surface, the DC is a team...

-But there's Cañas, who's also good on grass...
-Yes, there's Guillermo, is true, but we need a doubles to play against them. We have to see what the captain decides at that time, who he chooses. We still have time. Let's think in the Czech series first and after that we can think what can happen with the Australians.

-The fact that Argentina has 4 players among the best 11, doesn't make it easier for Argentina? Because, if you see the numbers, our country is the most powerful.-Yes..., but if we go to grass is not the same. Mark Philippoussis, even though he's N°140, he's still dangerous on grass. Very tough. The ranking doesn't have anything to do with the DC. Hewitt is terribly tough, and their doubles is too good. Even though we have a great level in the individual part, when we have to play them it will be very difficult, but not impossible.

- Do you feel you have some kind of a debt with the people for not having played the DC?
-The DC is a debt I have with myself, the one that didn't play it was me; the one that wants to play it the most and the one that wants to win it is me. And the one that's harmed is also me. I wasn't there because I was injures, I've never said no, I always supported it. The first time I was called they called me just to play doubles and I was N°12 in the world. I didn't say a word and went to Russia. Particulary, the DC is not in the best morment of the schedule and I think that every player makes a huge effort to play it and sometimes people don't see that, don't think about that. Every time I didn't play the DC, after that I didn't participate in the next 6 tournaments of the circuit. I didn't play a tournament the week after. I couldn't and my mind is at ease.

-About the schedule. When a player of your category builds a season, what's the most important: the circuit or the DC?
-It's tough, because you never know how you're gonna end up in the DC. If you lose in the first round, there is room for more tournaments; if you play the final, your participation in the tour gets complicated, you have to shorten the schedule. Personally, I build it as if I had to play the DC and if we don't make it to the next round, I rest during those weeks.

-You talked with Mancini about the plans for next year...
-Yes, in the Games, in Athens, and twice after that. We didn't talk about the team yet, simply thing of the two of us, but nothing too important.

-You named Athens. Today, after the controversy that was generated with your participation. What do you think of it?
-The same thing we talked in the US Open. I see it in the same way: I strained the day before, no one could replace me, I try to be there, I couldn't...

-And why did you stay?
-Because all the doctors were there and I felt it was the best place for my rehab so then I could go to the US Open, but evidently I didn't make it well to that tournament.

-Seeing and considering the injuries, Guillermo Coria, for example, has decided to spend a good part of the season abroad. In their times Guillermo Vilas, José Luis Clerc and Gabriela Sabatini did it too. Do you also think about doing something similiar?
-I lived a huge amount of time abroad. When I injured I was also abroad, except after the DC with Morocco. Then, I was always abroad. It's better to stay there than coming back here so often. But, everyone is different and to me that's good.

-Is it a stigma to have two season without winning a title?
-No, I don't see it that way. Every tournament has its internal stuff, that no one knows about. Each week has its secrets and stuff.

-Are you mad you didn't make it to the Masters?
-I would have liked it, I would have wanted to be in Houston, but on the other side, I wouldn't have played at my best because I had a problem with my knee. Besides I wouldn't have had time to do a good preseason and take a rest. I would have loved it, but not being able to be there, was good to take the time to train. Look, I wanna finish among the first ones, win a Grand Slam and make a good performance at the Davis.

-Are you scared of any player?
-No one, everyone's beatable...

-Not even Roger Federer?
-5-2 is our H2H. What kind of scare should I have..!!!

jazz_girl
11-26-2004, 11:23 AM
From Olé:
Guillermo Coria has since yesterday a new PT: the cordobés Javier Capitaine. Two days ago, Capitained ended his relationship with David Nalbandian in good terms. David is back training, he's helped in the physical aspect by Javier Valdecantos. (he's the PT of a football team, San Lorenzo)
Guillermo Coria tiene desde ayer un nuevo preparador físico: el cordobés Javier Capitaine. Hace dos días, Capitaine cortó en buenos términos su relación con David Nalbandian, quien volvió a las prácticas, ayudado en la parte física por Javier Valdecantos (actual PF de San Lorenzo).

*Ljubica*
11-26-2004, 12:13 PM
Thanks for all the hard work and translations Jazz. I'm sad about Javier Capitaine - I liked him :sad: - he was a nice guy - but all the rest of the news seems positive.

jazz_girl
11-26-2004, 12:15 PM
Capitaine is not unemplyoed. He's gonna be working with Coria. And I'm not sure this new guy is permanent, cause he's still working with San Lorenzo football team...

crigazzio
11-26-2004, 01:25 PM
-Are you scared of any player?
-No one, everyone's beatable...

-Not even Roger Federer?
-5-2 is our H2H. What kind of scare should I have..!!![/QUOTE]


I love his confidence!!!! He´s great!!!!! :cool:
Vamos por un Gs in 2005!!!!!

*Ljubica*
11-26-2004, 01:29 PM
Capitaine is not unemplyoed. He's gonna be working with Coria. And I'm not sure this new guy is permanent, cause he's still working with San Lorenzo football team...

For me - all the more reason to be sad - working with Coria is :devil: :devil: in my books as you know :devil:

crigazzio
11-26-2004, 01:33 PM
For me - all the more reason to be sad - working with Coria is :devil: :devil: in my books as you know :devil:

Looks like everything that David let Coria will take :p

novanora
11-26-2004, 01:57 PM
http://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportiva/nota.asp?nota_id=657410&origen=cd_google

Nalbandian: "The Davis Cup is a debt I have with myself"

It's not one more season for David Nalbandian. At the beginning, the goals were a lot for 2004, but the injuries appeared in key moments to ruin a year, in which, besides, he managed to get to two Master Series finals (Rome and Madrid) and to the historic semifinals of Roland Garros, being defeated by no other than the Champion Gastón Gaudio.

After being in the capital of Spain and taking the decision of not playing in Paris, the cordobes, who'll turn 23 years old on January 1st, went on vacations to Perth, where he enjoyed the Australian Rally, and went to the Fidji Islands. But there is no more time to remember the relaxed days. Because as soon as he stood a foot in Argentina, the cordobés, 9° in the Ranking and Race, started taking some tests and analisis, previous to a pre-season of six weeks-he'll start on monday- in which he'll try to change the luck of year in which injuries had more protagonism than his good comebacks.

-At the end of last year, you said you were ready to be N°1; today you're still a top-ten, in a spot lower than you got in 2003...
-You have to analize that from two differents points. The first one is that I was expecting to finish the year a bit better, but besides that, I was injured half of the year and that's what I didn't like of this year: I played very little, I lost 6 or 7 big tournaments and that's very annoying. If you see that, everything was bad. However, another analisis would be good: having played so little, having fought till the last day to get a place for the Masters is very meritorious. And I can't leave that aside. There are two different balances.

-So, it's the year good or bad for you?
-Regular. I think I can be much better.

-What do you have to do to be a little higher?
-Start working, and that's what I'm doing since this week, along with the phisical exams, to see where the mistakes were and what I must do better to face next year with everything resolved.

-What are your goals for 2005?
Obviously, the same I had for this year. Fighting very high, one, two or three; winning a Grand Slam, that's something that's on my mind all the time and the Davis Cup, even though we had a very complicated draw, we are as candidates as always.

-Is it easier to face a Grand Slam after what Gaudio did? I mean, knowing that the stigma of being the first one to win a Slam after Vilas has been broken?
-No, not at all. I have a final and two semifinals of Grand Slams. It doesn't influence me the fact that there's an Argentinian that won it. I have no kind of pressure.

-How do you see the Davis Cup?
-Czech Republic is a good match for us because I think we have a great team to play as locals; Australia, in the second round is tough, complicated because Argentina is not a specialist in gass. Even though I can play well in that surface, the DC is a team...

-But there's Cañas, who's also good on grass...
-Yes, there's Guillermo, is true, but we need a doubles to play against them. We have to see what the captain decides at that time, who he chooses. We still have time. Let's think in the Czech series first and after that we can think what can happen with the Australians.

-The fact that Argentina has 4 players among the best 11, doesn't make it easier for Argentina? Because, if you see the numbers, our country is the most powerful.-Yes..., but if we go to grass is not the same. Mark Philippoussis, even though he's N°140, he's still dangerous on grass. Very tough. The ranking doesn't have anything to do with the DC. Hewitt is terribly tough, and their doubles is too good. Even though we have a great level in the individual part, when we have to play them it will be very difficult, but not impossible.

- Do you feel you have some kind of a debt with the people for not having played the DC?
-The DC is a debt I have with myself, the one that didn't play it was me; the one that wants to play it the most and the one that wants to win it is me. And the one that's harmed is also me. I wasn't there because I was injures, I've never said no, I always supported it. The first time I was called they called me just to play doubles and I was N°12 in the world. I didn't say a word and went to Russia. Particulary, the DC is not in the best morment of the schedule and I think that every player makes a huge effort to play it and sometimes people don't see that, don't think about that. Every time I didn't play the DC, after that I didn't participate in the next 6 tournaments of the circuit. I didn't play a tournament the week after. I couldn't and my mind is at ease.

-About the schedule. When a player of your category builds a season, what's the most important: the circuit or the DC?
-It's tough, because you never know how you're gonna end up in the DC. If you lose in the first round, there is room for more tournaments; if you play the final, your participation in the tour gets complicated, you have to shorten the schedule. Personally, I build it as if I had to play the DC and if we don't make it to the next round, I rest during those weeks.

-You talked with Mancini about the plans for next year...
-Yes, in the Games, in Athens, and twice after that. We didn't talk about the team yet, simply thing of the two of us, but nothing too important.

-You named Athens. Today, after the controversy that was generated with your participation. What do you think of it?
-The same thing we talked in the US Open. I see it in the same way: I strained the day before, no one could replace me, I try to be there, I couldn't...

-And why did you stay?
-Because all the doctors were there and I felt it was the best place for my rehab so then I could go to the US Open, but evidently I didn't make it well to that tournament.

-Seeing and considering the injuries, Guillermo Coria, for example, has decided to spend a good part of the season abroad. In their times Guillermo Vilas, José Luis Clerc and Gabriela Sabatini did it too. Do you also think about doing something similiar?
-I lived a huge amount of time abroad. When I injured I was also abroad, except after the DC with Morocco. Then, I was always abroad. It's better to stay there than coming back here so often. But, everyone is different and to me that's good.

-Is it a stigma to have two season without winning a title?
-No, I don't see it that way. Every tournament has its internal stuff, that no one knows about. Each week has its secrets and stuff.

-Are you mad you didn't make it to the Masters?
-I would have liked it, I would have wanted to be in Houston, but on the other side, I wouldn't have played at my best because I had a problem with my knee. Besides I wouldn't have had time to do a good preseason and take a rest. I would have loved it, but not being able to be there, was good to take the time to train. Look, I wanna finish among the first ones, win a Grand Slam and make a good performance at the Davis.

-Are you scared of any player?
-No one, everyone's beatable...

-Not even Roger Federer?
-5-2 is our H2H. What kind of scare should I have..!!!
:worship::worship::worship::worship:
Thanks thanks Jazz as always! this is a good interview, one of my favs!! The first complete one after the whole season ends. I will translate it into Chinese for our fans to enjoy there. thanks again, jazz :worship:
I have a feeling his right time is coming soon!

khyber
11-26-2004, 02:43 PM
. Every tournament has its internal stuff, that no one knows about. Each week has its secrets and stuff
Okay, what does this mean?

jazz_girl
11-26-2004, 03:16 PM
. Every tournament has its internal stuff, that no one knows about. Each week has its secrets and stuff
Okay, what does this mean?
I'd love to know what he means to...

sigmagirl91
11-26-2004, 03:36 PM
. Every tournament has its internal stuff, that no one knows about. Each week has its secrets and stuff
Okay, what does this mean?


Yes, what does that mean? Does he mean each tournament has its own nuances and mysteries? And if so, how?

*Ljubica*
11-26-2004, 03:58 PM
Funnily enough - I knew exactly what he meant - maybe because I go to almost as many tournaments as he does :) , but not sure how to explain it properly. From my point of view, - it just means that conditions are so different in every place he visits (different Hotels, different food, different climate, as well as different venues and playing surfaces), and obviously that can effect the way you feel and play. For example - when we were in Vienna - the weather was freezing, he was Number 1 seed with loads of added pressure on him, he always played at night because he was Number 1 seed which drastically changes your routine as far as when you eat etc, practice was not open to the public, and the crowds were quite subdued and well-behaved. Next week in Madrid, he played mainly on the outside courts because of the presence of Agassi, Safin and Ferrero, - the weather was about 20 degrees warmer, practice was open to the public and the crowds were much more vociferous. Then Basel the next week was different again, as it's much more a "society" event like a sort of indoor Wimbledon if that makes sense!!! As a fan I have my own favourite tournaments - some where I feel at home and others I don't like at all, and I guess he feels the same. Of course if I don't like a city or a venue I just don't go there again - but he's working and he doesn't really have that option, so there are obviously some places where he feels more comfortable and others where he doesn't. It might be something as simple as a personality clash with a promoter (like Mattress Mac), or the fact that he doesn't like the official Hotel or hates they food they serve up in the Players' Lounge! Or maybe just because he has friends and good memories in one place and bad memories from another. That's my interpretation anyway.

sigmagirl91
11-26-2004, 04:07 PM
Funnily enough - I knew exactly what he meant - maybe because I go to almost as many tournaments as he does :) , but not sure how to explain it properly. From my point of view, - it just means that conditions are so different in every place he visits (different Hotels, different food, different climate, as well as different venues and playing surfaces), and obviously that can effect the way you feel and play. For example - when we were in Vienna - the weather was freezing, he was Number 1 seed with loads of added pressure on him, he always played at night because he was Number 1 seed which drastically changes your routine as far as when you eat etc, practice was not open to the public, and the crowds were quite subdued and well-behaved. Next week in Madrid, he played mainly on the outside courts because of the presence of Agassi, Safin and Ferrero, - the weather was about 20 degrees warmer, practice was open to the public and the crowds were much more vociferous. Then Basel the next week was different again, as it's much more a "society" event like a sort of indoor Wimbledon if that makes sense!!! As a fan I have my own favourite tournaments - some where I feel at home and others I don't like at all, and I guess he feels the same. Of course if I don't like a city or a venue I just don't go there again - but he's working and he doesn't really have that option, so there are obviously some places where he feels more comfortable and others where he doesn't. It might be something as simple as a personality clash with a promoter (like Mattress Mac), or the fact that he doesn't like the official Hotel or hates they food they serve up in the Players' Lounge! Or maybe just because he has friends and good memories in one place and bad memories from another. That's my interpretation anyway.

OK, now I understand it. Maybe the thought got lost in interpretation.

jazz_girl
11-26-2004, 04:19 PM
Thanks a lot for the explaination Rosie! :) As Sigma, I thought he meant something else...
BTW, right now David will be at ease in Argentina cause the press is with De La Peña. Apparently he hit one of his girls and the mother accused him in a hospital and it's a complete mess!!!

*Ljubica*
11-26-2004, 04:19 PM
OK, now I understand it. Maybe the thought got lost in interpretation.

Well of course I don't know if that is what he thinks - it's just what I think if you see what I mean!

*Ljubica*
11-26-2004, 04:21 PM
Thanks a lot for the explaination Rosie! :) As Sigma, I thought he meant something else...
BTW, right now David will be at ease in Argentina cause the press is with De La Peña. Apparently he hit one of his girls and the mother accused him in a hospital and it's a complete mess!!!

OMG - that sounds bad. Mind you having read some stuff about his ex-wife I'm not sure whether I would believe her or not.

sigmagirl91
11-26-2004, 04:23 PM
Thanks a lot for the explaination Rosie! :) As Sigma, I thought he meant something else...
BTW, right now David will be at ease in Argentina cause the press is with De La Peña. Apparently he hit one of his girls and the mother accused him in a hospital and it's a complete mess!!!


Oh, geez, just what the public needs now-a child abuser and a ranting-and-raving lunatic of an ex-wife.

RogiFan88
11-26-2004, 08:15 PM
Calleri is right, the team has to be united and work as a team for their country... no in-fighting, which has happened recently w the German team, or so-called team!

So what does David need to do to actually win a title? He came so close so many times this year... I find it hard to believe he's the way he is... I thought for sure he was stronger somehow... is it really choking? I'm not quite sure w David... anyway, he played badly in TO -- too bad cos I wanted to see him play better, same w Gaston, and I only saw Guille practising w Robredo and Marat and... someone else...

jazz_girl
11-26-2004, 09:48 PM
What's TO???

jazz_girl
11-27-2004, 08:55 AM
Part of Vilas's interview:
—Do you think that Coria and Nalbandian can take out Federer, who looks unbeatable?
Well, Nalbandian beat him many times. You never know how long a N°1 can last. All the top ten have that possibility and Coria was N°3 and very close of N°2. So, he's right there. Behind of some N°1's like Safin and Hewitt.

sigmagirl91
11-27-2004, 12:34 PM
That sounds promising, Jazz. We know a healthy David is capable of beating anyone, at any time.

novanora
11-28-2004, 05:24 AM
What's TO???
Toronto? i have the same question......

*Ljubica*
11-28-2004, 10:08 AM
Toronto? i have the same question......

I was wondering too :)

jazz_girl
11-28-2004, 10:22 AM
Part of Vilas interview:
http://www.ole.clarin.com/jsp/v3/pagina.jsp?pagId=877407
—The kids today have as models Coria, Nalbandian. They don't even know you. Does it bother you?
—It's an education problem. In here they value the fresh, the cute, the young. But after seeing the homage that they made me in the Masters, if I were Argentinian I'd ask myself a couple of questions. The ignorance is no excuse not to know the law. Do you understand?

—You are the law and you feel ignored?
—It's not really important how I feel but how the country is handeled with the people that has. Here they use you and then throw you away. In France they asked me after Roland Garros, if Gaudio and I had made an exhibition in Buenos Aires, being the only two champions. I started laughing. Do you understand? You hear Federer and the guy tells all the tennis history. Here you have Nalbandian or Coria and no one knows where they came from. And they're the ones that have to name the mirrors where they looked, because you make history that way too.

—It bother you.

—Before, I don't care now. Because it's something that happens only here. In the USA and Europe I sign lots of autographs. People approaches me saying "I learnt the top spin looking at you". And I answer that I learnt it from Chuck McKinley. Because unless, for ignorance, you want to kill the one before you, the tecnics are learnt from the one before you. And some Argentinian must have learnt from me, right? I understand that the Asociation doesn't recognize me, it's an envy thing. But it surprises me the calm of the Argentinian player is this situation. It's kind of weird.

—They took out Luza of the DC as a captain with a letter. Would have been nice to you if they had picked you?
—Of course, because it's something I deserve. I hope they remember, because the ignorance has a high prize.

—In our country there an established idea that our players don't want to play the DC and that's why they withdraw. What do you think?
—When I was a plyaer no one would even think about withdrawing. We were proud to play it. With McEnroe we would challenge each other to see how will play more matches. But now the GS are important. And that's what every player favors. But here people say anything. Nalbandian was killed when he didn't play in Athens and he was really injured. Coria has surgery and people say awful things just the same. I don't understand what equations are being made byy the Argentinians. They're very unfair.

—What would you favor today?
—I guess the Grand Slam. But I don't play today.

—Do you see any Argentinian capable to beat Federer?
—If he plays well, it's tough. But he has his downs and the one that can take advantage of it, can make it. In fact the only title that he didn't win, was Gaudio's.

—Coria and Cañas won titles. Nalbandian played well.
—The only one that won something was the Gato Gaudio.

—You only see him as a possible N°1?
—He's the only one that won something important. You can't argue that. He beat everyone in Roland Garros.

—Coria got to the final and ended with the best ranking.
—True. As much as that the only one that won a Grand Slam was Gaudio.

novanora
11-28-2004, 11:59 AM
Vilas is as famous as any current Argentine player here. At least, i saw an article of our tennis magacine specially writing for him, but nothing for Nalbandian or Coria.

BTW, Vilas is right, quite a few Argentine players have chances of beating Roger on clay.

jazz_girl
11-28-2004, 12:04 PM
Well, he's famous here as well. But he wants to be acknowledge by all the players like Gaudio did. That's why he's complaining.

sigmagirl91
11-28-2004, 06:19 PM
I loved the last statement by Vilas.

jazz_girl
11-28-2004, 06:39 PM
Me too :)

jazz_girl
11-30-2004, 09:53 PM
There was a poll made by a sports channel, they were asking who was the most successful tennis player and Cañas was chosen the N°1 by the 30%.
David was second!!!! :eek: by the 23%, then was Coria 19%, Massu 14%, Gaudio 12% and Guga 1%.
Ok, I like David a LOT but I can't see how he was more successful than gastón :confused: I can even understand Cañas somehow, but come on! he won a GS!!!
http://sportsya.com/welcome/popup.php?id_not=31000&ubicacion=10&id_estruc=10

sigmagirl91
12-01-2004, 02:15 AM
There was a poll made by a sports channel, they were asking who was the most successful tennis player and Cañas was chosen the N°1 by the 30%.
David was second!!!! :eek: by the 23%, then was Coria 19%, Massu 14%, Gaudio 12% and Guga 1%.
Ok, I like David a LOT but I can't see how he was more successful than gastón :confused: I can even understand Cañas somehow, but come on! he won a GS!!!
http://sportsya.com/welcome/popup.php?id_not=31000&ubicacion=10&id_estruc=10

David second? :eek:
*fainting from shock*

*Ljubica*
12-01-2004, 05:13 AM
Well I guess consistently throughout the season, he WAS more successful than the others! He reached two Masters' finals, one other major final, one GS semi-final, and loads of other quarters (Barcelona, Monte Carlo etc), but I admit I am still shocked at the result. Pleased - but shocked :eek:

*Ljubica*
12-02-2004, 05:15 AM
Btw - just a passing comment. No doubt we will hear about this here sooner or later, but I understand there are some rumours circulating on the Net about David's split with Javier Capitaine, - supposedly they split on bad terms and Javier is meant to have said some derogatory things about David. Well - please trust me girls on this one - this is NOT true - it such a load of BULLSHIT - it is not true at all :devil: Sorry for language! If I told you some of the rumours spread on one of the less reputable Coria websites - I think you will get the picture...............if they're not slagging off Gaudio with playground insults, they now seem to be attacking every other player on the ATP :devil: :devil: And yes - I am angry. So - please ..... many people here know me and I hope trust me - so please trust me on this one. Thanks.

Action Jackson
12-02-2004, 05:26 AM
Well Rosie, these are some of the same people that think cramp is an injury, so I wouldn't be surprised by these accusations at all and treat them with contempt.

*Ljubica*
12-02-2004, 07:04 AM
Well Rosie, these are some of the same people that think cramp is an injury, so I wouldn't be surprised by these accusations at all and treat them with contempt.

Yes I treat it with contempt too, but too many people will start the old "no smoke without fire" routine.

Action Jackson
12-02-2004, 07:07 AM
Yes I treat it with contempt too, but too many people will start the old "no smoke without fire" routine.

Plenty of evidence of that theory happening over the course of history.

jazz_girl
12-02-2004, 09:27 AM
I've read the split news from 4 different sources and all of them said it was in good terms, so why should I believe in rumors? ;)

Action Jackson
12-02-2004, 09:31 AM
I've read the split news from 4 different sources and all of them said it was in good terms, so why should I believe in rumors? ;)

True, speaking of rumours is there anything else going on with the De La Pena thing?

jazz_girl
12-02-2004, 09:37 AM
No, nothing at all. But I doubt it stays that way for too long, especially know how his ex-wife is...

Action Jackson
12-02-2004, 09:39 AM
No, nothing at all. But I doubt it stays that way for too long, especially know how his ex-wife is...

If you find out anything would you let me know, as I happen to be interested and also if he did what that ex-wife said he did, then I would lose a lot of respect for him.

jazz_girl
12-02-2004, 09:46 AM
I let you know for sure.
The woman is insane, and is an idiot. I know she has a sick relationship with him, but I can't understand how a person would lie about something like this...