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…