After being injured during a practice just before his well-awaited first-round match at the U.S. Open, which was supposed to oppose him to countryman Juan Martín del Potro, and missing action for the last month, David Nalbandian was supposed to make a comeback next week, at the If Stockholm Open.
It was a highly anticipated comeback for all, as we know that the Argentine’s game is really at its most fabulous on indoor courts, where nothing can prevent it from expressing itself in a majestic flurry of deft touch, clever baseline play, fantastic lobbing, and much more.
However, a little before 17:00 ET, Tournament Director Thomas Johansson published the bad news:
The 2008 Champ David Nalbandian has withdrawn from If Stockholm Open due to injury. #IfSthlmOpen
— Thomas Johansson (@TompaSthlmOpen) October 9, 2012
Bad news seem to never come alone, especially where Nalbandian is concerned, and soon became official: the Argentine has not recovered from the abdominal tear he suffered and is forced to retire not only from Stockholm, but also from Valencia and Paris, thus putting an end to his 2012 season:
David Nalbandian announced today that, as a result of not having received medical discharge from the tear he suffered in the left internal oblique muscle of the abdomen, he decided, along with his team, not to take part in the European indoor tour.
David had initially planned to take part in the tournaments of Stockholm, Valencia, and Paris Bercy. However, the injury wasn’t simple because the tear caused a slight pulling on the insertion between the rib and the rib cartilage, with a prognosis of six to ten weeks.
“The recovery from this injury was slow from the beginning and I could not put myself in condition in order to return to the Tour in the terms that we had planned with my team”, lamented David.
In other words, David Nalbandian is out until 2013, if he decides to go on, for he will reassess his return to the Tour at the end of the year.
We hope that the Argentine will recover at 100% and, most important of all, come back next season to delight us with his incredible game.
Speedy recovery, David!
Note: The official press release has been translated from Spanish by me. Any reproduction, in all on in part, of this translation cannot be made without my express authorisation. The photos in this post were taken last week during a corporate event of the Fundación Nalbandian and are a courtesy of Tamar Mozian of David Nalbandian es un ídolo total. They cannot be taken without their express authorisation.