MIAMI [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

MIAMI

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 10:13 AM
I'm sure that more than one of you wanted to start this thread but didn't because you were afraid to jinx it! Well, that's what happened to me, but I think it's safe to do it now cause David confirmed he will go to Miami.
He said that he'll go to the USA on wednesday to play there, and he won't play till friday or thursday, so now, more than ever:
VAMOS DAVID!!!!!!! :bounce:

Action Jackson
03-21-2004, 10:26 AM
I hope he has fully recovered from his injury and the result in Miami isn't important at all, just that his ankle and his health gets better, so he can do some damage in Belarus and later in the season.

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 10:30 AM
I hope he's a 100% ready to play, so he can focus on his matches and not worry about it at all. I think Miami is important is he wants to remain in the top ten, because since tomorrow he'll be N°9.
But I agree with you, he needs to be fit for Belarus, he's a very important player and I belive the team depends on him.
I hope this is the last injury we have to hear of, because he's been having very bad luck lately and wasn't able to play like we know he can.
J.

Action Jackson
03-21-2004, 10:33 AM
Jazz, I just got news of the DC squad for Belarus and I posted a new thread on it.

The rankings will sort themselves out later in the year, and as long as David can stay healthy and improve the mental side and win a tournament this year, the good ranking will happen.

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 10:33 AM
I hope you're right! ;)

Action Jackson
03-21-2004, 10:45 AM
Yes, another positive thing is that after the DC, he will be playing on clay, which will be much better for his ankle than the hardcourt surfaces.

As long as he is 100% and if he wins a few matches then I am happy as I don't care about the result of this tournament, just get some practice for the DC and play into form as he will need to do better on clay this year as well.

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 10:51 AM
That's true, the clay season is coming, it's not his best surface, but as you said it won't be too hard for his ankle...

Action Jackson
03-21-2004, 10:56 AM
He isn't that bad on the clay though losing to Coutelot at the French was horrendous.

Don't forget he beat Ferrero when he won Estoril and the first time I ever saw him play he made a final against Mantilla in Palermo, so he's far from rubbish on clay, it's just that perhaps he has to play a bit differently on the surface.

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 11:06 AM
Yeah, you're right. It depends on how you see it. If you compare David's game in clay with a hard surface, he's not that good, but he's not bad either.
But maybe he has an extra motivation this time in RG, he's been out of the courts for nearly a month so he's dying to play, and that's what he's been saying lately. Besides, he doesn't have points to defend there, so he'll do fine. Better than last year, that's for sure!

Action Jackson
03-21-2004, 11:15 AM
The motivation will be huge for him to atone those bad performances on clay in 03. See that's where he can make up some points that he missed out by not playing earlier events.

He will be fresh and that can be a good thing, and he lost to Safin 02 RG so that isn't a bad loss either. He just has to be prepared to be more patient when he is on the clay.

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 11:18 AM
Let's hope he has a good draw this year, and that he can give his best in the court. I really miss watching him play, I love his style!
The Miami draw will be out on Monday or Wednesday??

Action Jackson
03-21-2004, 11:22 AM
I think Monday I am not sure it's another one of these stupid 96 player draws. They should just have it 64, but you know everything has to be bigger and better in the USA.

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 11:29 AM
LOL! Ok, thanks!
All I know is that the main players will have a bye in the first round so they won't start playing till thursday or friday...

Action Jackson
03-21-2004, 11:55 AM
I think there should be some support for him in Miami with the large Hispanic community there.

It will be interesting to see how he is training and I just hope the fans don't expect too much from him in this tournament.

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 12:09 PM
yes, you're right.

*Ljubica*
03-21-2004, 12:13 PM
He isn't that bad on the clay though losing to Coutelot at the French was horrendous.

Don't forget he beat Ferrero when he won Estoril and the first time I ever saw him play he made a final against Mantilla in Palermo, so he's far from rubbish on clay, it's just that perhaps he has to play a bit differently on the surface.

Why is it that everytime I try to consign that Coutelot match to oblivion, someone mentions it and makes me re-live the horror of it all over again :devil: There are not enough "devil" icons here to illustrate my feelings on that match.

As to Miami - I agree with both of you, - it is more important for David to keep fit and healthy, and, hopefully, get a few wins under his belt in preparation for the more important tournaments to come. I don't think we should expect too much of him in this event - just hope he has waited to be 100% fit before returning to the circuit and doesn't do any further damage by returning too quickly.

Action Jackson
03-21-2004, 12:19 PM
Why is it that everytime I try to consign that Coutelot match to oblivion, someone mentions it and makes me re-live the horror of it all over again :devil: There are not enough "devil" icons here to illustrate my feelings on that match.

Because I enjoy seeing that devil expression from you Rosie. Seriously one has to remember the very bad losses so it makes the good times even better.

It would be a worse if he lost to someone who couldn't play on clay like Ginepri.

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 12:24 PM
I didn't see that match, was it really that bad???
Rosie, please don't kill me for asking this! ;)

bovenbuuf
03-21-2004, 12:46 PM
btw Miami has a 96 draw so the same as IW,so I think that the draw will be tuesday or even wednesday.. and that David will not play before Friday

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 12:54 PM
It's better for David, more time to get ready and rest...

bovenbuuf
03-21-2004, 12:55 PM
thats true and he will go to the USA on wednesday..

*Ljubica*
03-21-2004, 01:09 PM
I didn't see that match, was it really that bad???
Rosie, please don't kill me for asking this! ;)

It was worse than bad Jazz! Especially as I ended up sitting next to a crowd of French DC "cheer-leaders" in blue T-shirts, who stamped their feet all the time til you felt that the stands were going to collapse. And no I couldn't move because it was packed (standing room only on a non-reserved court) and there was nowhere else to go but outside and I could never have got back in again - and anyway, I just couldn't have deserted David no matter how bad it got! He got very upset and lost his head (especially in the 4th and 5th sets), which made the crowd boo and jeer him even more - oh, and besides that it was extremely hot, and I was getting sun-burned and also had a stomach ache!!! Bet you're glad you didn't go now aren't you :p

jazz_girl
03-21-2004, 01:13 PM
OMG!!!! Thank God I didn't see that, and I'm not even talking about being there, I'm glad I didn't watch it on tv! LOL!!!

bovenbuuf
03-21-2004, 01:14 PM
yes you are right, glad I didn't see it..

Action Jackson
03-21-2004, 01:37 PM
I saw it on TV and it was bad enough, though I had my day brightened later on, but watching one of your faves losing in a situation like that, is as bad as dental surgery. I have experienced both on numerous occasions.

*Ljubica*
03-21-2004, 02:45 PM
I saw it on TV and it was bad enough, though I had my day brightened later on, but watching one of your faves losing in a situation like that, is as bad as dental surgery. I have experienced both on numerous occasions.

:p What a great analogy! And yes, - I agree - in fact I don't think having my wisdom teeth out was quite so bad as the Coutelot match :devil: And there's another little "devil" icon just for you!!

Fedex
03-21-2004, 11:36 PM
So he IS playing in Miami!!! Good :D , because although I am tremendously Happy that Federer finally beat Tim, and convincingly, i felt that there was something big missing in the tourney, and ofcourse that was David. I hope he can gain some serious points here, and avoid Safin for instance, because its likely he will play a top seed early on, and considering David's horrible record vs. his nemisis. Best of Luck to David :banana: :bounce:
You've been horribly missed, so no more injuries. OK .

sigmagirl91
03-22-2004, 12:32 AM
Yes, David, we do miss you, and we hope you can gain ground on your fellow top-tenners....

*Ljubica*
03-22-2004, 05:25 AM
So he IS playing in Miami!!! Good :D , because although I am tremendously Happy that Federer finally beat Tim, and convincingly, i felt that there was something big missing in the tourney, and ofcourse that was David. I hope he can gain some serious points here, and avoid Safin for instance, because its likely he will play a top seed early on, and considering David's horrible record vs. his nemisis. Best of Luck to David :banana: :bounce:
You've been horribly missed, so no more injuries. OK .

:eek: Safin - OMG - I hadn't thought about that possibility - thanks for reminding me Fedex :o Anyway - I agree wholeheartedly, - hope David has made sure he is 100% fit when he returns - and that this will be a (delayed) start for a great season.

jazz_girl
03-22-2004, 09:12 AM
Oh please!!! That would be horrible! I wouldn't like to see him facing Safin, at least not in the second round...
I know I asked this a lot of times, but I'm confused, when is the draw out, today or on wednesday???

bovenbuuf
03-22-2004, 09:36 AM
I think wednesday, yesterday came the qualifcations draw for men and women and they have to play 5 rounds.. so that takes a while

jazz_girl
03-22-2004, 09:37 AM
Oh, ok. I can't wait to know it!!!

bovenbuuf
03-22-2004, 09:41 AM
me nether.. hope no safin... a quali would be nice..

jazz_girl
03-22-2004, 10:09 AM
it would be more than nice!!! Let's keep our fingers crossed!!!

*Ljubica*
03-22-2004, 12:11 PM
I am personally hoping for at least 3 qualifiers in the first few rounds!

sigmagirl91
03-22-2004, 12:12 PM
Now, that WOULD be nice....

bovenbuuf
03-22-2004, 12:12 PM
well that would be nice, but I think that is a dream that never will come true...

Angelito
03-22-2004, 01:21 PM
He'll do it well with or without qualifiers in his way. I bet he's hangry of tennis!!

jazz_girl
03-22-2004, 02:08 PM
We know he'll do fine, but it would be better for him if there were qualyfiers, less pressure I guess...

bovenbuuf
03-22-2004, 02:17 PM
thats true...

Ma. Estefania
03-22-2004, 04:03 PM
Hi :wavey: I'm glad to finally be back.

And what's better than that is a good new! :) I'm so glad David will play at Miami.

I hope I can finally watch him playing. I don't do it since the Australian Open, wow......it's a lot of time.

bovenbuuf
03-22-2004, 04:12 PM
yeah for me the same.. it is a long time since we saw David

Ma. Estefania
03-22-2004, 04:44 PM
Yeah, it's near 2 months without him....

Kiara
03-22-2004, 08:10 PM
He wont play Marat in the second round but there is a potential thrid round match up between the two :eek:

sigmagirl91
03-22-2004, 08:20 PM
Damn....damn, damn, damn....

Kiara
03-22-2004, 08:25 PM
I was surprised to see him in the Draw, I hope he's healthy and doesnt aggravate his injury. I cant wait for that match, it's going to be a good one if it happens :D

sigmagirl91
03-22-2004, 08:26 PM
Who are they scheduled to play before they meet one another?

Kiara
03-22-2004, 08:29 PM
David will play the winner of Radek/Sargsian and Marat, the winner of James Blake/Vince Spadea....I hope Marat doesnt flake out again :(

bovenbuuf
03-22-2004, 08:31 PM
link with draw... http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2004/403/MDS.pdf

*Ljubica*
03-22-2004, 08:42 PM
:devil: :devil: Marat - :eek: I am NOT happy......Fedex - this is YOUR fault :p - David has never beaten Marat - OMG - sorry - am I over-reacting? Guess as long as he can get as far as he did last year it won't be too bad for a first tournament back from injury, but Stepanek/Sargisian in the 2nd round is no cakewalk either. Someone in another thread just described David's draw as "ugly" - I think they were right :eek:

bovenbuuf
03-22-2004, 08:45 PM
yeah it isn't our dream with the 3 qualifiers in the first 3 rounds....

*Ljubica*
03-22-2004, 08:49 PM
So which one of us is going to start a Vince Spadea Cheering thread :p - we must get rid of Marat :eek:

Kiara
03-22-2004, 08:51 PM
:devil: :devil: Marat - :eek: I am NOT happy......Fedex - this is YOUR fault :p - David has never beaten Marat - OMG - sorry - am I over-reacting? Guess as long as he can get as far as he did last year it won't be too bad for a first tournament back from injury, but Stepanek/Sargisian in the 2nd round is no cakewalk either. Someone in another thread just described David's draw as "ugly" - I think they were right :eek:

I agree, it's not an easy second round match he has....Radek Stepanek :eek: but Marat hasnt been playing all that well and the last time they played was 2002, David's improved sooo much since then I wouldnt worry too much, I just hope he is 100 percent fit.

bovenbuuf
03-22-2004, 08:51 PM
I'm not sure if I'm in the mood for cheering...go vince doesn't sound right...

Kiara
03-22-2004, 08:52 PM
So which one of us is going to start a Vince Spadea Cheering thread :p - we must get rid of Marat :eek:

lmao hehe, why not a James Blake Cheering thread, I cant bring myself to cheer for Vince ugh!

jazz_girl
03-22-2004, 09:38 PM
I don't know about too, but I'm not convinced that he's 100% ready to play, and that worries me. I hope I'm wrong!!!

Action Jackson
03-23-2004, 12:40 AM
I don't care about the draw, his health is the main thing and as for the draw well David just has to beat whoever is on the other side of the net.

*Ljubica*
03-23-2004, 09:21 AM
I have to say I agree with Jazz_Girl. There are too many rumours and "bad feelings" circulating at the moment - I don't think he's 100% either, - hope I'm wrong, but I feel he's being pushed into this too soon.

jazz_girl
03-23-2004, 10:04 AM
After reading La Nación article I feel worse. I hope this is a good test and he's 100% ready. But I still don't get why he didn't do it before he agreed to go to Miami...I guess we'll find out tomorrow...

Action Jackson
03-23-2004, 10:10 AM
Maybe he wants to get out of Cordoba for a few days and catch up with the guys.

He can still withdraw from the tournament, and that might be the best thing for him to do, though I can see that he want some match practice for the Davis Cup, though it's not worth playing if it's going to put him out for a longer period of time.

*Ljubica*
03-23-2004, 10:12 AM
And of course Clarin's Ole says something completely different :devil:

jazz_girl
03-23-2004, 10:19 AM
As always! In the past Olé has been more accurate, however I believe what La Nación says this time...
Just so you know, I started a cheering thread for David in the Nasdaq forum...

sigmagirl91
03-23-2004, 10:54 AM
I guess, everyone, that the ankle check is for the doctor to give the "all clear" sign-much like when he had the wrist problem. Just precautionary; no need to get all upset....

jazz_girl
03-23-2004, 10:59 AM
I hope you're right! The good thing is that if the doctor gives the OK, he'll be more confident for sure.

sigmagirl91
03-23-2004, 11:03 AM
And, how old is the La Nacion article? Just curious. To me, any news older than three days is considered inaccurate...

jazz_girl
03-23-2004, 11:32 AM
It's from today...

Iza
03-24-2004, 05:04 AM
VAMOS DAVID!!! :woohoo:

jazz_girl
03-24-2004, 09:08 AM
Ok, this is latest, in La Nación there's an article that says that David will go to Miami today but won't decide if he'll play till the last minute. Then in another newspaper I found this quote from him:
"I don't want to rush the recovery-
said yesterday to La Voz del Interior-, but I don't have anything in the
ankle and till now I'm playing in Miami".

bovenbuuf
03-24-2004, 09:28 AM
well its getting confusing more and more, so we just have to wait till friday or saturday if he will play..

jazz_girl
03-24-2004, 04:00 PM
Yes, all we can do is wait and hope for the best...

Ma. Estefania
03-24-2004, 04:24 PM
I agree.....everything is getting more and more confusing.

Angelito
03-24-2004, 07:11 PM
I agree.....everything is getting more and more confusing.

I found a link to a newspaper article that says "Nalbandian está OK y espera su rival " but I can't open the damn article!!! :mad:

*Ljubica*
03-24-2004, 07:22 PM
Where was it Angelito? Maybe I could try?

jazz_girl
03-24-2004, 11:16 PM
I think it's from La Razón, and it's from yesterday. The only this that says in in the title, the context of the article not even mentions David, so we have to wait till Clarin, Ole or La Nacion say something...
Hugs, J.

Muchacha_83
03-24-2004, 11:41 PM
hi!
he is not going!:sad:
i went to the nasdaq site and he isn't in the draw, in his place is Fernando Verdasco ESP

sigmagirl91
03-24-2004, 11:43 PM
hi!
he is not going!:sad:
i went to the nasdaq site and he isn't in the draw, in his place is Fernando Verdasco ESP

We know. It's relatively "new" news, if you will, and it's not reported anywhere yet-not even on the official site. They just replaced Fernando Verdasco in the draw, as if it were all an afterthought.... :sad:

jazz_girl
03-24-2004, 11:53 PM
I'm hoping someone was playing with the computer and made a mistake, but I know it's true. I saw this comming :( I hope he gets better really soon, he's starting to worry me, a tendinitis can't take so long to heal!

sigmagirl91
03-24-2004, 11:55 PM
I'm hoping someone was playing with the computer and made a mistake, but I know it's true. I saw this comming :( I hope he gets better really soon, he's starting to worry me, a tendinitis can't take so long to heal!

I think I've said this before, but I can't help but wonder if something else is wrong. I hope I'M wrong, but I have this sneaking feeling that something else is awry here. Like you said, jazz, tendinitis cannot take that long to heal....

jazz_girl
03-25-2004, 12:09 AM
I have it too sigma...Maybe we'll hear the truth tomorrow...

jazz_girl
03-25-2004, 12:10 AM
And I have my serious doubts about the Davis Cup, I don't think 10 more days make such a difference, not when he's been out for a month and a half...

Muchacha_83
03-25-2004, 12:14 AM
normaly it doesn't, but people dont responde in the same way to the treaments but from the news that i read it was all ok
but l like the draw look realy difficul, maybe he isnt fellng whith enough confidence to play maybe he does'n want to forcet too hard because it could bring the inflammation back and then he would't be good for the davis cup

but to say the truth i dont think that is because of the tendinitis it must be something helse
so what we can do is wait for the news tomorrow

sigmagirl91
03-25-2004, 12:14 AM
Ten more days will not make a difference. I think that by then, something will be said or done to help him. He needs to seek some treatment alternatives. And, like I said before, the doctors need to check his immune system. See what's up with that. If that is the cause of all of his problems, then they need to come up with some treatment options that will help THAT rather than the ankle.
To me, the doctors are throwing a band-aid on this injury, if you will, by just doing MRI's and giving out anti-inflammatories. There HAS to be something else.....

Angelito
03-25-2004, 02:30 AM
I'm looking for some news everywhere but I can't find anything not even the newspapers sites say something about David withdrawal.
I guess tomorrow is going to be officially announced and I hope David's team explain once for all what the hell is happening with his ankle.

I still think that they have checked pretty much everything even his inmune system and maybe they just can't make the ankle heal faster. All this is so frustrating I don't know what to think and I don't believe anyone anymore. Why they don't say the truth?

I feel so hopeless. I don't think 10 days could make any difference either! So maybe we should get used to the idea that he won't play again till the european clay season.

jazz_girl
03-25-2004, 08:34 AM
Well, the doctor said that he's alright, and the reason he's not playing is because he hasn't trained enough, he only practise in Clay and that he doesn't wanna risk anything for the DC.
He went to Miami to inform about his decision to the authorities...

*Ljubica*
03-25-2004, 09:51 AM
This is a bitter pill to swallow, although I think we all expected it if we are honest. In my own view, (which many won't agree with I'm sure), I think it is all down to the excessive pressure that is being put on David to play in the Davis Cup to the detriment of his own career and future. Yes, I know DC is important, but he is not the only Argentine player (they are better off with talent than most), yet the Argentine Tennis Federation seem to be pressurising him unmercifully (remember Luza's comments about his injury being te most worrying thing), and playing on his patriotism to give up everything in favour of this tie with Belarus. Even if he is not fit for DC, I am convinced he will be pushed to play, and if this means he is injured again for the European Clay Court Season and even Wimbledon I don't think they will care as long as he is fit to play again in September and I'm sure he has been pushed into withdrawing from Miami to safeguard DC.

Sorry if my comments upset/annoy anyone - it is just the way I feel. David needs ranking points to secure his seeding for next year - he has a long career ahead of him (hopefully), and DC is not that important in the great scheme of things in my opinion.

jazz_girl
03-25-2004, 10:10 AM
I agree with you Rose, he needs the points, but I don't think that the pressure is external. He keeps mentioning that chat he had last year in Basel with Coria in which they promised to win the DC no matter what. We know he's called the mule, so I guess he really is stubborn.

sigmagirl91
03-25-2004, 10:52 AM
Rosie, in many respects, I understand exactly what you are saying and I agree with you. But, in the end, is having DC worth all the injuries and lost ranking points-or potential ranking points, for that matter? I don't think so. Personally, I would much rather see him with a grand slam title and a couple of Master's tournament titles than a DC ring.

sigmagirl91
03-25-2004, 10:53 AM
I agree with you Rose, he needs the points, but I don't think that the pressure is external. He keeps mentioning that chat he had last year in Basel with Coria in which they promised to win the DC no matter what. We know he's called the mule, so I guess he really is stubborn.

If he put that stubbornness on the court, where it really mattered, then he'd be the one to beat right now....

jazz_girl
03-25-2004, 10:57 AM
That's true. I hope he is that stubborn in the Olympics, not only he'll be representing the country, but he'll be winning some nice points!

Action Jackson
03-25-2004, 12:03 PM
I don't totally agree Rosie, the DC is very important for a lot of countries except maybe the USA. I mean look at Spain and Sweden for example their players nearly always want to play DC and that is just as important to them as their own individual aspirations.

Of course Luza would say David's injury is the most worrying thing it's called commonsense. Why, this tie is being played in Belarus on a very fast carpet surface. Who is their best player on that surface? No answer required. Of course they want to win the DC and this is a very difficult tie and it makes sense that they want their best player to be fit and available. Fact if this tie was being played in Argentina they could even play it in Ushuaia this wouldn't be a factor as they could cover his loss easily on clay, whereas here it will be much tougher.

Yes, David will do everything he can possible to be play in Belarus, but the ultimate decision lies with him and no one else. He will have to be prepared for whatever consequences and if that means more time on sidelines then if he is prepared to risk that, then there is no excuse for people saying what if he didn't do it.

Injuries happen in a sportsmans career, the thing I think too many people are caring about the ranking points that is actually insignificant. One, David is not like Gaudio (yes, I like him) he has a very tough manner and a fighting spirit and will be able to overcome any injury problems. Two, once he fights back and he will impose his game and once that happens the ranking points will look after themselves.

Davis Cup is not the problem, ranking points are not the problem either. He has to be able to play without pain in his ankle, as if he can't move properly then a major part of his game is suffering which will bring down the rest of his game.

If he doesn't have any confidence in his movement, he shouldn't be playing and if that means missing half the year, then so be it. He can think about other things and how to improve other aspects of his game, for when he returns and that is more important than ranking points or DC.

Angelito
03-25-2004, 05:25 PM
I agree about the DC with you George and Rose, I really don't think that the pressure comes from the ATF side. But I do believe that maybe is David who is pressuring himself about playing the DC match.

Honestly I think the DC its important though I'd prefer that David were giving priority to his own career.

sigmagirl91
03-25-2004, 06:09 PM
I agree about the DC with you George and Rose, I really don't think that the pressure comes from the ATF side. But I do believe that maybe is David who is pressuring himself about playing the DC match.

Honestly I think the DC its important though I'd prefer that David were giving priority to his own career.

Well said, Angelito.

jazz_girl
03-25-2004, 09:01 PM
Well, that's what he tried to do last year and look how the press treated him, horribly! I think his goal this year is the DC and he'll do anything to show his interest in it and prove people wrong, that's what he keeps saying BTW. But I agree with you, he should be paying more atention to his own career...

WyveN
03-26-2004, 09:32 AM
The worst thing will be if he is not fully fit, still plays DC, and just aggrivates the injury further - I don't think even beating Belarus will compensate that.

So I hope he isn't pressured into anything, afterall the Argentine DC team is very deep in talent and is extremely young so they will have plenty more opportunities to win the DC in the future.

jazz_girl
03-26-2004, 09:38 AM
Absolutly...But as I said before, David's only goal right now is the DC, and he will go there even if he's not 100% ready. Let's remember, he injured his ankle before the DC match, he was training and hurt it and then played the match as if nothing had happened. He did it once, he will do that again...
His doctor keeps saying that he's fine but David went to the Miami official doctor and said that he was right and wasn't fully recovered of the injury. All I said is that I hope he knows what he's doing and he's not preassuring himself to anything...

*Ljubica*
03-26-2004, 10:26 AM
The worst thing will be if he is not fully fit, still plays DC, and just aggrivates the injury further - I don't think even beating Belarus will compensate that.

So I hope he isn't pressured into anything, afterall the Argentine DC team is very deep in talent and is extremely young so they will have plenty more opportunities to win the DC in the future.

That is my fear too WyveN - I have this awful feeling that he will play in Belarus, aggravate the injury, and be out for another couple of months :sad: Of course, partly this is selfishness on my part as the European season is the only time I can see him play live and I already gave my tickets for Monte Carlo and Roland Garros, but also for his own sake I think it is so dangerous and wrong. Once you drop out of the Top 32, then your next year is disastrous and difficult - just look at Marat who is still drawing people like Federer and Roddick in the first round of tournaments just because he isn't high enough ranked to be seeded.

I hate to sound like a stuck record here, but I personally am sick to the back teeth of hearing about Davis Cup - he should concentrate on his own career like Agassi did in the past. And as for the Press - well the Press here are pretty horrible to Tim Henman quite often but it doesn't stop him doing what he wants to do. Just my opinion anyway.

WyveN
03-26-2004, 11:00 AM
Absolutly...But as I said before, David's only goal right now is the DC, and he will go there even if he's not 100% ready. Let's remember, he injured his ankle before the DC match, he was training and hurt it and then played the match as if nothing had happened. He did it once, he will do that again...


Fair enough but health should be 1st. As Rosie mentioned, the effects of being injured can carry on for far longer then the actual recovery time.

sigmagirl91
03-26-2004, 11:08 AM
You all, David will be damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.
The press will criticize him every chance it gets, whether he plays DC or not.
If Argentina wins, then what will the press do then? If Coria or David doesn't win a grand slam, then they will criticize them about that. So, David will never win with the press. NO ONE ever wins with the press.
David should do whatever is right for him, because ultimately that's what it's going to come down to. If he chooses to play, and thus aggravate the injury further, then he WILL be out for an extended period of time. At least then, he can use the time to, like George said, improve his game or re-evaluate his commitments and priorities.

Iza
03-26-2004, 12:45 PM
the press is just a hyena waiting for a corpse to scavenge! :mad:

jazz_girl
03-26-2004, 01:27 PM
I totally agree with you Sigma, he can't win with the press, he just has to do what's best for him without listening what the rest thinks...

sigmagirl91
03-26-2004, 01:37 PM
And if he is as stubborn as is believed, then why listen to them anyway?

jazz_girl
03-26-2004, 01:49 PM
IMHO all he wants is to shut them up and prove them wrong...

sigmagirl91
03-26-2004, 03:49 PM
Daunting task, jazz, as the press is perpetually hard to please-and even harder to appease....

jazz_girl
03-26-2004, 09:05 PM
True...

Fedex
03-28-2004, 05:23 AM
This really sucks!!! :( It's amazing how dominating David was at the beginning of the year, Aus Open, Losing to Federer in a tight match, and only playing 1 match after that. Despite the fact that he has so much talent, David still only has 2 Career titles :sad: Please get well soon David, the ATP Tour, and myself are missing you miserbly. :sad: :sad: :bigcry:

jazz_girl
03-28-2004, 09:39 AM
I think David and his team are finally addressing his injury problems...I read yesterday that his physical trainer was fired, so I think things will get better from here. :)
J.