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David Nalbandian may withdraw from AO...

Rosa Luxembourg
01-03-2004, 10:06 AM
...someone said on another board. Is that true? Has anybody else heard/read that?

He's still recovering from a wrist injury.

Fedex
01-03-2004, 10:08 AM
I'd believe it I think he is going to get surgery Hope he can recover soon

WyverN
01-03-2004, 10:10 AM
Hope not
Would be the first big name casualty

Snoopy_Girl
01-03-2004, 10:12 AM
If it's true then that's not good, so I hope he'll play, he's a good player... wrist injuries are nasty injuries, seem to take forever to heal 100% on most players.

Action Jackson
01-03-2004, 10:13 AM
I just found this article.

Nalbandian in doubt for Australian Open
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian is in doubt for this month's Australian Open after injury forced him out of the Australian hardcourt championships.

The Argentine was seeded number one for the hardcourt championship in Adelaide but pulled out because of a chronic wrist problem that has plagued him for three months.

The world number eight told tournament organisers he was planning to fly to Spain to see his physiotherapist in the hope of making it back for the Australian Open, starting in Melbourne on January 19.

Nalbandian's withdrawal paved the way for South African Wayne Ferreira to take over the top seeding in Adelaide with American Vince Spadea promoted to second.

Hopefully he can play, but I think he will need to get this problem fixed as soon as possible.

*Ljubica*
01-03-2004, 10:14 AM
David is going to Spain tomorrow to see the Specialist about his wrist - this was actually arranged LONG before Christmas, so I'm not quite sure why it has taken the Adelaide tournament so long to announce his absence. Originally the trip to the Doctor was planned for before Christmas but for various reasons it had to be postponed.

In an interview on Argentine TV a couple of days ago, he said
that he felt fine, but of course surgery has always been an option for his injury - just like Guillermo Canas last year. Of course no one will know for sure until he has had the results of the tests from the Specialist, but if he has surgery he will be out for 5-6 months, so obviously it is not an option he wants to take unless there is absolutely no alternative.

lsy
01-03-2004, 10:20 AM
oh dear...5-6 months??? I so hope that won't happen. One of my wish this year is to see him win a slam to prove all his critics wrong and finally get the credits which I think he deserves. Though I don't really enjoy his on court behaviour sometimes, I do think he's a worthy and smart player.

WyverN
01-03-2004, 10:20 AM
for sure until he has had the results of the tests from the Specialist, but if he has surgery he will be out for 5-6 months, so obviously it is not an option he wants to take unless there is absolutely no alternative.

wow, he has so much potential. would hate to see it happen as these sort of injuries really take a long time to recover from.

Action Jackson
01-03-2004, 10:26 AM
Isy, Nalbandian will always be underrated no matter how many Slams he wins or how consistent he is over his career. I accept that isn't going to change any time soon, then again he isn't one of the ATP poster boys, so it's not surprising.

Well, if it's going to a major problem at least it's affecting him now, and he has plenty of years left in the game. Wrist injuries definitely need to be handled properly, we have seen what happens when players come back too soon.

lsy
01-03-2004, 10:40 AM
GWH, though sadly I agree with you, it's still satisfying for me to see someone like him to come out with minimal media attention, play great and beat other more favourable players (be it the mr poster boys, mr best hairs, mr best smiles or whatever...). Even more interesting to see how some idiotic media reports continue to find excuses for his opponents losses instead of crediting his wins...and then continue to label him as Mr.nobody...

I'm just one of those who hate people not getting the credits they deserve.

Action Jackson
01-03-2004, 10:50 AM
Well in a way it's better for him that he doesn't get the credit he deserves or is overlooked for his versatility and overall game.

Nalle can use that to his advantage as motivation to prove some people wrong, that is always a good motivation. Hopefully I am wrong about him not getting recognised, but I don't see it in the near future.

Hopefully he can win a Slam or TMS very soon, for himself and to stick it to some moronic media people.

I just hope he is fit for the Open.

Jazzy
01-03-2004, 11:03 AM
awww, i feel sowwy 4 him :sad: a rist injury forcing him out of tournment, just wen GS is a couple of weeks a way !! poor David, i don't think waz b'day present he wanted!!

lsy
01-03-2004, 11:22 AM
Without his injuries (finger cross) and how he had been playing for the past year, I don't see that being too far away.

I'd just realise that my top 4 fav players to win AO are from 4 different countries now...hehe...it's amusing for me to see people saying they need players from their own countries to enjoy watching tennis, I don't see anybody from my country at the top 100 or 200 or heck maybe even 300 in the list, but I enjoy it as much or probably more since I'm "open" to anybody who can play great games. Oh well, maybe one FINE day (if it ever comes) when there's someone from my country in the top 20, things might be different...

gmak
01-03-2004, 11:31 AM
oh nooooo :sad: :(

crossing fingers for david

Experimentee
01-03-2004, 11:42 AM
Hope he's well for the AO :(
It would be a loss for the tournament if he wasnt there.

yanchr
01-03-2004, 11:45 AM
Not good news really.

But he should first well take care of his wrists before he is to play and face some bomb serve like Andy's, or he'll make matters even worse. Hope he can recover soon.

Shadow
01-03-2004, 11:59 AM
Oh! Get well soon David!

Hope he is able to play.

jazz_girl
01-03-2004, 02:29 PM
I'm sure he's alright. He's been very confident about this, I've heard a few interviews on tv and he says that he's feeling great. But he needs the ok from the doctor. He knew he wouldn't be able to play in Adelaide for a while now.
In a couple of hours he'll be playing a golf exhibition for benefit in Cordoba, I guess that if he's feeling bad or if he knew he's not alright he wouldn't be doing this and would have had the surgery long ago. I still wish him all the best and I'm sure this season will be great for him!
J.

Deboogle!.
01-03-2004, 02:48 PM
Well he's definitely pulled out of Adelaide :(
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Nalbandian doubt for Open
BBC

World number eight David Nalbandian could miss the Australian Open because of a chronic wrist injury.

The Argentine has been forced to pull out of next week's Australian hardcourt championships in Adelaide.

Nalbandian has been suffering with the problem for the last three months and plans to fly to Spain to see his physiotherapist.

He hopes to make it back in time to compete in the Australian Open, which starts in Melbourne on 19 January.

The 22-year-old played just two tournaments in the final three months of last season because of the injury, which flared up in his US Open semi-final defeat to Andy Roddick in September.

South African Wayne Ferreira takes over the top seeding in Adelaide, where Britain's Greg Rusedski is scheduled to make his comeback after injury.

Frooty_Bazooty
01-03-2004, 03:16 PM
I used to think that David Nalbandian was a one hit wonder but he has proved that he definitely deserves to be top 10 and he will be top 5 in the next few years. He's only 21 or something right now :eek:

also he is a total babe, by far the hottest guy on the tour

Chloe le Bopper
01-03-2004, 03:33 PM
He turned 22 this past week. ('82 babies rock! Erm.... most of us, that is)

Anyways... this isn't a surprise. Hopefully he miraculously recovers from this, but it doesn't look good. At least he's still young and has time to recover from surgery, if he has to go that route.

jazz_girl
01-03-2004, 03:44 PM
Well, I've heard him in some interviews this past week and he says that surgery is an option and if has to do he'll do it. He didn't seem worried though, he said it very natural. I don't think we should worry, he's travelling tomorrow and I guess by monday we'll know what's going on for sure.

Havok
01-03-2004, 04:19 PM
ohhhhh nooooooooo Daahhveeeedd:baby: j/k, j/k
hope he can be ready for the AO, and if he has to get surgery to correct this problem, i hope it works out alright and he comes back the same player:yeah:

Dirk
01-03-2004, 04:50 PM
Andre had this surgery early in his career and he came out of it fine. I hope he can still play too, but you don't want this problem to linger on as it will only get much worse.

Chloe le Bopper
01-03-2004, 05:43 PM
Is spelling his name how you pronounce it in English supposed to be extremely funny or something? :confused:

If that's the case, I'm surprised that you guys haven't started up cracking up over "gee-air-mo" yet.

Brilliant. Really.

tangerine_dream
01-03-2004, 06:12 PM
Oh! Poor Daveeed:baby:! I will say a prayer for him! :bounce:

BTW, I'm being half-facetious and half-serious; wrist injuries are a bitch and half to get over and are potential career-enders. I thought it was such bad luck that he had to retire against Coria in Basel, handing him a free win. :awww:


Is spelling his name how you pronounce it in English supposed to be extremely funny or something?

It's a private joke. Go away. :p

Chloe le Bopper
01-03-2004, 06:34 PM
Oh! Poor Daveeed:baby:! I will say a prayer for him! :bounce:

BTW, I'm being half-facetious and half-serious; wrist injuries are a bitch and half to get over and are potential career-enders. I thought it was such bad luck that he had to retire against Coria in Basel, handing him a free win. :awww:




It's a private joke. Go away. :p
Go away? No. Just because you tell me to, doesn't mean that I'm going to do it.

I'm sure that whatever is behind this "private" joke is wildly hilarious and all, but on the surface it looks pretty simple and juvenile. So one would hope that you can understand my asking what's so cute about it.

Don't get me wrong. I find "Gas-kay" as funny as the next person. Really. I do.

I'm just confused as to what it is that makes this cute. That's all.

Shy
01-03-2004, 09:44 PM
Andre had this surgery early in his career and he came out of it fine. I hope he can still play too, but you don't want this problem to linger on as it will only get much worse.
I hope that he take care of this problem and not wait for it to get worst.

J. Corwin
01-03-2004, 10:23 PM
Bummer news. Hope he can be healthy enough for AO.

Leo
01-03-2004, 10:48 PM
Shitty news. I was really believing that Nalbandian could play and win the Aussie Open. Hopefully he can postpone surgery until after Oz, if possible. He's proven that even when partially injured, he can play great tennis and beat the top players (see Basel and TMC), but I'd rather not see him injure himself any further.

star
01-03-2004, 10:53 PM
I didn't think it was early in Andre's career when he had the wrist injury. I thought the wrist injury was part of the reason for his free fall.

jazz_girl
01-03-2004, 11:02 PM
I think he took some of his time off because of his baby, but I can be wrong. Does anyone know how much time he had to be without playing because of that surgery?

Deboogle!.
01-03-2004, 11:06 PM
Andre didn't have babies until a couple years ago lol. but yes he did take some time off this past fall when his daughter was born...

maratski
01-04-2004, 09:29 AM
:sad:

I hope he makes it to AO, I was looking forward to seeing him on tv. He's my man to watch in AO :sad:

jazz_girl
01-04-2004, 12:11 PM
LOL, ok thanks!
Now, there was an interview in La Nación (Argentina's newsaper) and Javier, David's brother and former coach, said that the meeting with the doctor was arranged long ago to review his wrist, that he's been practising and it looks like there will be no problems, they're going there to check it and make sure that everything is alright. It also says that after Spanin he'll go to Melbourne to play and exhibition and after that he'll go to the AO.
BTW, yesterday he played golf, it was a charity event, and he won.

*Ljubica*
01-04-2004, 12:57 PM
LOL, ok thanks!
Now, there was an interview in La Nación (Argentina's newsaper) and Javier, David's brother and former coach, said that the meeting with the doctor was arranged long ago to review his wrist, that he's been practising and it looks like there will be no problems, they're going there to check it and make sure that everything is alright. It also says that after Spanin he'll go to Melbourne to play and exhibition and after that he'll go to the AO.
BTW, yesterday he played golf, it was a charity event, and he won.

I looked it up on the ATP web-site.....seems like Andre had his wrist surgery round about December 1993 and was out for about 3 months. He didn't play for a month or so before the surgery so I guess that was while he was considering his options about surgery. Anyway, - much better news about David today - my fingers are crossed for him next week - I would miss him so much if he couldn't make Australia - things just wouldn't be the same for me without him!

star
01-04-2004, 01:35 PM
Thank you Rosie. I was confused about that. I just remembered Agassi saying that the injury was career threatening, and I thought he said that it was part of the reason his ranking fell, but I must not remember that correctly.

But, btw, I didn't know you could find out when a player did not play because of an injury. How do you look that up on the ATP site?

jazz_girl
01-04-2004, 02:18 PM
Thanks a lot for the info Rosie!

*Ljubica*
01-04-2004, 02:30 PM
Thank you Rosie. I was confused about that. I just remembered Agassi saying that the injury was career threatening, and I thought he said that it was part of the reason his ranking fell, but I must not remember that correctly.

But, btw, I didn't know you could find out when a player did not play because of an injury. How do you look that up on the ATP site?

Neither did I to be honest Star. I just went into the Agassi info. on the ATP site, clicked on the item about "his career profile", and found this:-

1993-Underwent right wrist surgery on Dec. 20, 1993...Won titles in San Francisco and Scottsdale and first career doubles title in Cincinnati (w/Korda)...1994-Returned from wrist surgery to capture five titles, including US Open (d. Stich) and Tennis Masters Series in Toronto and Paris...

To be honest, not being an Agassi fan, I hadn't even remembered about his surgery, but someone posted about it here earlier, so thought I would check it out to try and get some idea how long David would be out if he goes ahead with the operation (fingers crossed he won't have to). I don't know whether this is easy to find for all the players, or just because Agassi is so high profile and returned so well from his injury break.

star
01-04-2004, 02:52 PM
I'm sure you are hoping that David's recovery parallels Agassi's. :)

Yeah, I'm not an Agassi fan either. I was just remembering things that Andre said when he had another wrist injury just before the AO a couple of years ago.

LubiG
01-04-2004, 02:57 PM
The newspaper today said he's not going to Adelaida (which is just before AO) He's having bad trouble with his wrist :sad:
I hope he get's better before AO

star
01-04-2004, 03:04 PM
So, I went and looked up Andre's record.

(and my god, he's been playing on the tour since 1986!! That's before some of the posters here were born!)

Anyway, Andre did not play from September 1993 (DC) (he lost first round at the USO....no wonder he was bummed) until Scottsdale in Feb 1994 and he won that tournament even though it wasn't the stiffest competition (Keil, Nemecek, Gilbert, Baarsch, Mattar) He had a pretty good year with some ups and downs, but it looks as if he came back from that surgery just fine.

star
01-04-2004, 03:56 PM
From yesterday:

World number eight David Nalbandian could miss the Australian Open because of a chronic wrist injury.

The Argentine has been forced to pull out of next week's Australian hardcourt championships in Adelaide.

Nalbandian has been suffering with the problem for the last three months and plans to fly to Spain to see his physiotherapist.

He hopes to make it back in time to compete in the Australian Open, which starts in Melbourne on 19 January.

The 22-year-old played just two tournaments in the final three months of last season because of the injury, which flared up in his US Open semi-final defeat to Andy Roddick in September.

South African Wayne Ferreira takes over the top seeding in Adelaide, where Britain's Greg Rusedski is scheduled to make his comeback after injury.

star
01-04-2004, 04:04 PM
I read on another message board that Nalbandian had actually pulled out of this tournament before Christmas but the organizers did not announce it until now.

So that person says that the injury is still the same and this isn't a recent concern.

jazz_girl
01-04-2004, 04:28 PM
That's true, his trip to Spain was schedule for Dec. 20th but he couldn't get tickets to get back, so he left it for today. He knew he couldn't be in Adelaide for a long time, but it was officialy announce yesterday and all the newspapers are saying that the wrist is worse, which isn't. His brother said it yesterday and I heard David say it himself in some interviews last week. I was a little concern yesterday cause I thought it was a new injury but it isn't. His brother also said that after Spain he'll go to Melbourne and then to the AO. I hope his wrist review goes well and completly healed.
Hugs, J.

star
01-04-2004, 04:34 PM
Did he have the surgery in Spain?

*Ljubica*
01-04-2004, 07:35 PM
Did he have the surgery in Spain?

David is actually on his way to Spain now Star, and will see the Doctors tomorrow (Monday) when the final decision will be made as to whether he has surgery or not. As Jazz Girl said, Javier (his Brother) has said the withdrawal from Adelaide and the trip to Spain is just precautionary (I've read the same interview today!), and that he feels fine. And yes, as far as I'm aware he did withdraw from Adelaide before Christmas, the tournament just chose not to publicise it until the draw had to be released and they had no choice - presumably to safeguard ticket sales as he was their top seed.

As to where he will have the surgery if he needs it - I don't know that for sure, though I would presume probably in Spain as I would imagine he would want things done by the same specialists and surgeons who have treated him so far. The good news though, is that he won a golf tournament yesterday and played quite happily with no wrist support, so all of us David fans are just keeping our fingers crossed and praying for him.

Ma. Estefania
01-05-2004, 01:44 AM
Such a pity... :sad:

Leo
01-05-2004, 03:04 AM
David is actually on his way to Spain now Star, and will see the Doctors tomorrow (Monday) when the final decision will be made as to whether he has surgery or not. As Jazz Girl said, Javier (his Brother) has said the withdrawal from Adelaide and the trip to Spain is just precautionary (I've read the same interview today!), and that he feels fine. And yes, as far as I'm aware he did withdraw from Adelaide before Christmas, the tournament just chose not to publicise it until the draw had to be released and they had no choice - presumably to safeguard ticket sales as he was their top seed.

As to where he will have the surgery if he needs it - I don't know that for sure, though I would presume probably in Spain as I would imagine he would want things done by the same specialists and surgeons who have treated him so far. The good news though, is that he won a golf tournament yesterday and played quite happily with no wrist support, so all of us David fans are just keeping our fingers crossed and praying for him.

Ah, good news to hear.

But what is this about David playing a golf tournament? You can't be serious?!

azza
01-05-2004, 03:07 AM
:woohoo:

Chloe le Bopper
01-05-2004, 03:07 AM
I was under the impression that David had also played an exhibition during the holidays, but my friend could very well have been talking about the golf tournament.

*Ljubica*
01-05-2004, 05:23 AM
Ah, good news to hear.

But what is this about David playing a golf tournament? You can't be serious?!

Yes Leo - I am serious, - and he won it too! It was a charity event to raise money for a childrens' hospital and for people affected by the big storms a couple of weeks ago in Cordoba where several people were killed.

The tennis exhibition that Rebecca mentioned was part of the same thing - as was a rally car race against Argentine driver Marcos Ligato. David won the race too :)