Nalbandian Withdraws from Valencia, Talks of 2012 Retirement

After pulling out of Stockholm with a hamstring injury, Nalbandian has decided to shut down his season until the Davis Cup in December.

He received medical attention in Barcelona, from the same doctor who takes care of Rafael Nadal and the Spanish Davis Cup team.  On one hand, that’s reassuring news as it means he’s in very capable hands.  On the other hand, goodness Nalby, are there no other doctors in all of Spain?  In any case, Nalby will be returning to Argentina to recuperate.  This puts a serious damper on his Davis Cup preparation.  Reading between the lines of this article, it seems the hamstring injury is not too serious though.

More surprising is the article’s suggestion that 2012 will be his last year.  Nalby has stated before he would retire at 30-31 years old.  He turns 30 shortly after the Davis Cup final and it seems he’ll retire at the end of 2012.  Davis Cup is now his primary focus and he has two chances remaining, with the Sevilla final this year and next year’s Davis Cup.

In case anyone smells blood, here’s a photo to remind you there is still life and plenty of heart left in David Pablo Nalbandian:

These photos take the cake for frightening images.  My favorite is the one in the middle, where he roars while the ball is still in play.  Now if there were only a way to frame these photos in Team Espana’s locker room…


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I play favorites with Juan Martin Del Potro, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon and the long line of mercurial talent that drives me to despair in front of the screen at odd hours during the week.
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6 Responses to Nalbandian Withdraws from Valencia, Talks of 2012 Retirement

  1. ariennalee says:

    Love your collage. Looks like Edvard Munch meets Andy Warhol! However, this Nalbandian news makes me sad, it’s not entirely unexpected, but still.

    • mariposaxprs says:

      A Nalby mask is a guaranteed Halloween costume to scare the children away. The “Scream” painting works perfectly for him^^

      You’re right, the news from him is concerning but not surprising. He’s spoken about how he can’t play 3 matches for the Davis Cup like he used to before. Just hoping now that he’ll be in form to play on clay in December.

  2. queridorafa says:

    Oh, wow, I had an unobtrusive snicker going, but then the Nalby-roar-while-the-ball-is-still-in-play sent me over the edge into LOL-land. 🙂 Quite the coincidence, Nalby being treated by Team Spain doctors. Nalby wouldn’t have “accidentally” “gotten some papers mixed up” and walked out w/ confidential info regarding Team Spain’s health status, would he?? 😉

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Haha I bet there are photos of him as a child, where his face is arranged in the same expression. Oh Nalby 🙂 At the doctor’s office, he may or may not have stolen the secret formula for Fer’s hair gel. Growth charts indicate by December, Fer’s hair will need styling. Where in the world will his hair gel be? Only Nalby knows. *Cue evil laughter*

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