It’s that time of the year…

It’s deep into Autumn in the lesser half of the globe we call “the Northern Hemisphere”. In the poetry world, they call it the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. In the tennis world, it’s the “season of injuries and missing top seeds”. Although Dootsie generally knows this time of the year as “the season of David Nalbandian’s awakening”. 

Oh yeah, that guy. There’ll be no awakening this year.

I experienced a random but intense jolt of longing for Nalbandian today, it happens. So I scoured cyberspace for his news and unfortunately found myself being propelled head first back to the land of denial when confronted with a few hundred articles on how “it took another Argentine to bring down Roger Federer at the US Open”.

Once I got myself to stop doing things to a pillow that should never be done to a human being, I did scroll through the sources of my angst to get a rough picture of what David’s been doing in the last 5 months, apart from absofuckinglutely nothing:

Nalbandian travelled to Barcelona last month to train under the supervision of Dr Ruiz-Cotorro. Since then, he has been working mainly on clay, and planning his transition to the hard courts with precaution.

No talk of retirement, which comes as a relief. Nalbandian claims he’ll play for as long as he wants to. And right now, the desire is still there. 

David is currently down for the Sydney Medibank International in January next year, but before then, he’s due to play a few exhibitions in South America (Copa San Juan Minero – December 12/13, and Copa Argentina December 17/20).

Meanwhile, glad to see that Bandy’s been using his time-off to get all fuzzy, dimply and smiley on us.



Nalbandian with dimples. 

Everywhere I turn, normalcy is being shattered.


22 responses to “It’s that time of the year…”

  1. LJ says :

    dawwwwwww, he’s such a huggable character

    and something completely OT, I was in a pub waiting for the charity trivia night to start yesterday night and they were playing the hewitt/monfils match and at one point fox cut away to le sod waiting in the wings and he looked all tall scandanavian and broody…

    he was kinda hot…

    oh rog, please come back, we’re ALL cheating minions without you.

    • dootsiez says :

      cheat?! I would never!

      *closes window with Rafa pictures*

    • sazzylove says :

      Yes Roger.You better come back fast as i am seriously finding Robin my man your absence!And im telling you if the two of you ever face each other again, i would find it real hard to root against him since he kinda grow on me in Your freakin’ absence!That is your punishment for punishing me/us like this.! I was really enjoying the match bet Soderling (my new man!Take that!ha! )and Jo Tsonga when I SAW this huge banner with the WE MISS YOU ROGER signage!Talk about adding insult to injury huh?I really hate you for making me feel like a Loony again even when you are not playing! Go Robin!(decode that and it really says COME BACK ROGER!)

      Nalby looks like Elijah Wood at first glance in that picture!And yes.Josh is way too hotter!

  2. pban says :

    Poor dootsie’s pillow you are a sucker for punishment, I truly empathise with you.My entire family can imagine what you must have gone through because ever since the us open and his self imposed hiatus nobody is willing to sit near me when the Rolex ads come on screen.

    • dootsiez says :

      LOLL! None of my friends want to sit next to me at the tennis. Although I should keep that a secret from people going to the AO with me 😛

  3. girl from michigan says :

    I noticed in the ATP rankings this week that he had dropped a few. I thought his ranking was protected due to injury?

    • FortuneCookie says :

      The protected ranking only applies when you actually come back,it just means that once you start playing again you can use the ranking you had previously,but until then,you just fall…
      And considering this is Nalby’s time of the year he’s going to absolutely plummet rankings wise in the next few weeks…Read somewhere he could be in the 80s,90s??Yikes hope not…
      Then again Maria was about 130 when she came back.,Lleyton about 120??So,it’s not impossible to get close to your normal place in a season,but whether Nalby has the same desire as them is questionable…

      • dootsiez says :

        yeah you can use the protected ranking for a set number of tournaments.

        It’ll be hilarious if Nalby ends up playing Federer R2 of a slam or something.

        • Mia says :

          Doots, do be careful what you wish for or you just might get it. Nalby’s one of the few that I always get really frazzled about — he invariably brings his A-game whenever he goes up against Roger (or Rafa). Of course, needless to say, he doesn’t do that with the other players. And TMF has the highest respect for him, saying that Nalby’s always a good gauge of where his game is at because the Argentinian is never going to give it to him. He also picked Nalby’s BH as one of those that he would want to have.

        • dootsiez says :

          I’d laugh so hard if I get it. Especially given how much Daveed’s going to plummet in the rankings by May next year.

  4. Blue says :

    At least you spared your Federbear. Anyone else thinks Nalby looks like a comic version of Josh Holloway from Lost?

  5. Liz says :

    “The season of David Nalbandian’s awakening” — that conjures up all kinds of images!

  6. Alex says :

    Sorry but Nalby’s done. He’s 27 and broken hip. Stick a fork in him.

    • FortuneCookie says :

      Um,with the greatest respect,tell that to Lleyton Hewitt,,28 playing with a formerly broken hip,very nearly back in the top 20 having very nearly made a slam semifinal this year…
      If tennis has taught us anything,it’s that we can never really make predictions!

    • dootsiez says :

      ^ That.

  7. Julie says :

    David, if only I knew how to quit you….

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