USO: Last Minute Casting Change in R1

In very sad news, Nalby announced his withdrawal from the USO, due to an injury in his intercostal zone (rib cage area).  Just yesterday, I’d read rumors on Twitter that Nalby would withdraw due to injury, but I thought they were only rumors.  Unfortunately, the news was later officially confirmed.  Nalby says he will return to Argentina for further medical studies, and that he will focus on getting fit in time for the Davis Cup in September.

This is disappointing, as Nalby is among my top favorite players and I’d had inevitable thoughts about how this year’s USO could potentially be his last.  As nerve-wracking as a DelPo-Nalby R1 match would have been, I would much have preferred to see it happen, no matter the result.  This will not be the case, and the question of whether Nalby will recover in time for the DC SF looms large.  Was it really only 5 months ago that Nalby defeated Tsonga and Tipsy in the same week, then gave Rafa a tough challenge at Indian Wells?

This means a lucky loser will replace Nalby as DelPo’s R1 opponent: France’s Florent Serra is DelPo’s new opponent.  This is their first meeting.  Also, DelPo has a new ATP profile pic.  I prefer the new one, although I will miss the lip gloss he was wearing in last year’s pic.

In other news, Pico suffered a R1 upset when he lost in 5 sets (after being two sets up and 40-15, 4-2 in the 3rd set) to Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.  Argentina’s 2nd-highest ranked player lost after being two sets up to a player who doesn’t play for Spain’s DC team.  That hurts.

Berlocq also lost in four sets to Bernie Tomic — I saw the last set of that match and Tomic was playing well.  He hit this beautiful BHDTL late in the third set, and generally took command of the points.  All in all, it was not a great day for the Argies.

If there’s one upside to day 2’s events, it was that Steps also lost his R1 to Nico Almagro.  Steps’ kit had the Statue of Liberty emblazoned on it.  It says so much about him that this t-shirt is actually one of his more understated looks:

Photo: @TheSliceTweets

DelPo’s match is scheduled third on Louis Armstrong court today.  I won’t even get started on the farce that is placing Isner-Malisse and Muzz-Dodig on Arthur Ashe, while the 2009 USO champ has yet to play on Arthur Ashe after winning the title there.


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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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2 Responses to USO: Last Minute Casting Change in R1

  1. Rita says:

    Yes, Nalbie’s injury is very troubling. Still can’t believe how Pico let that match get away from him. He just wasn’t up to form yesterday. He’s such an upbeat guy, like I saw in Cincy, I’d hate to think it was more than a headache, indigestion or just a bad hair day.
    I like the new Delpo pic, too, although I do wish his peluquero would trim that unibrow, maybe he just likes Freda Khalo? In fact, the entire Argie team could use a good stylist. When they stand together at DC events, the do look more like a Saturday night police line up.
    Yes, I agree the USO isn’t treating a former champion very well. In fact, none of the media, including the ATP web site, seems give him the coverage he deserves. Besides a stylist, he should get a good publicist, yes?

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Apparently, it’s going to take some 3-4 weeks for Nalby to recover, which puts his Davis Cup in doubt. That is the worst possible news for ARG’s DC team right now =/

      I wasn’t able to see the Pico-GGL match (I assumed Pico would be able to win) — I haven’t read anything about an injury, so I guess we can categorize it as a bad day, although that certainly doesn’t make ARG’s DC prospects sound better right now.

      You are spot on about DelPo and his Frieda Kahlo unibrow 🙂 He really did have a severe unibrow way back when — thank goodness someone has been attending to it these days. One of the charms of ARG’s DC team is that they are forever incapable of taking a decent team photo! They always look disheveled or someone needs an emergency visit to the tailor 🙂 Yet I hope for the day they look sharp and well-dressed (and happy, most of all!) it a team dinner, after winning DC!

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