Four years after hanging his racquets for good, David Nalbandian remains a player everyone remembers. Be it for his superb two-hander, for his most unfortunate Queen’s Club moment, for his Davis Cup commitment for Argentina,… The man from Córdoba left no one indifferent.
On Sunday night, in Código Tenis, an Argentine radio program, “Nalba” gave a rare interview, in which he talked about his wife, Victoria (Vicky), and his children, Sossie (four) and Teo (18 months), but also, of course, about tennis.
“I am super satisfied with what I did in my career”, said the former world number three. “I didn’t leave anything pending. I did all I could with what I had.” However, he also admits that had it not been for that shoulder injury, he would have played the whole year in 2013.
“Passion for tennis and for sport is a spectacular thing. Were I to be reborn, I would be a tennis player again.”
– David Nalbandian
Admirative of Federer and Haas
If he admits that he does not watch much tennis, only if he is “in front of the TV and there is a good match on”, and “never the first rounds”, Nalbandian is still very aware of what is going on.
Furthermore, he has a lot of admiration for Roger Federer’s season, as well as of Tommy Haas’ “will to continue competing and fighting, after all those injuries”. (NDLR: Tommy Haas will retire, on his terms, at the end of the season after having been sidelined for two years due to injuries.)
“It’s an incredible and phenomenal thing that Roger Federer could maintain this level [of play].”
Nevertheless, he does not miss the game: “I don’t miss tennis at all. It is a moment [of my life] that has now come to a close.”
A rally driver
We can stay informed of his progress on the Argentine circuit via his social networks (the photo is from his official Facebook). And he has not lost an ounce of his daredevil ways!
(Cover photo: Getty Images)