Funnies: What’s Happening, Guys?

Following his hamstring injury at Stockholm, Nalbandian visited a doctor in Barcelona–the same doctor who takes care of Rafael Nadal and Spain’s Davis Cup team.  Nalby was advised to rest and he has only just started playing tennis again.

Rafa recently went for a check-up with the same Dr. Ángel Ruiz Cotorro.  Rafa’s check-up went fine and he was given a clean bill of health.  Also, this photo was taken:

Rafa gets an A+ for health (Photo:

You will understand the humiliation if you’re a proper Nalby fan: Imagine an injured Nalby sitting in the same doctor’s room, with photographs of Rafa and Spain’s triumphant Davis Cup team hanging on the walls.  It’s a cringe-worthy scene (unless the purpose of Nalby’s visit was to steal the secret formula for Fer’s hair gel, in which case, bravo Nalby!)


In other small news, Argentina’s Davis Cup team will practice with left-handed junior Facundo Bagnis in preparation for the Sevilla final.  A quick search reveals that Facundo is in fact, 21 years old and currently ranked no. 157.  Let’s put a face next to his name:

Facundo Bagnis = Jazz Hands!

Your guess is as good as mine as to why Argentina would want to practice with a lefty 😉 They should perhaps recruit a terrier à la Ferrer to run them around the courts as well.


About mariposaxprs

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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4 Responses to Funnies: What’s Happening, Guys?

  1. ariennalee says:

    I wonder if Nadal gets so used to seeing pictures of himself plastered everywhere that he doesn’t even see them anymore? Kind of like how I don’t notice lamp posts or electrical wires.

    Thanks for introducing me to Bagnis, the left-handed, 21 year-old… junior. 🙂

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Haha, I guess it’s only right that Spain’s team doctor has photos of Rafa and others posted on his wall. They probably have eye examinations where the eye chart is filled with trophies of the tournaments Rafa has won 😉 Which makes it even more puzzling that Nalby would go to the *same* doctor.

      At one point I found a stream of Bagnis playing a Challenger event. For no reason, I found myself watching a few minutes of the match, which he lost. He seems to be a decent player, although he’s no Rafa. Le sigh!

      • ariennalee says:

        In reading a few player bios, it seems like Tennis players are oddly out of the loop when it comes to the best doctors/surgeons/sports psychologists. They seem to always be wondering where to look for the best care, like lost puppies! In that sense, it’s not surprising that Nalby would turn to Rafa’s doc. In a way this DC tie is made so much more tense (for fans) by all the warm relationships between the Spanish and Argentine players.

        • mariposaxprs says:

          Haha that’s so true. I feel Rafa’s doctors all go through a serious vetting process. So the ATP players should publish a Zagat’s guide to best doctors in the world. That way, Nalby would be able to find one in Spain who is not Rafa’s doc? It will be a curious sight to see all the Spaniards and Argies sitting on separate benches during the DC tie, with Pico and Rafa separated from each other.

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