David Nalbandian
David Nalbandian
David Nalbandian
David Nalbandian
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  • Full name is David Pablo Nalbandian...Began playing tennis at age five...Comes from Cordoba, second-largest city in Argentina...Father, Norberto, is deceased; mother, Alda, is a housewife; brothers, Javier and Dario, who is a tennis coach...His Armenian grandfather built a cement court in his backyard, where David learned to play against his two older brothers... Hobbies are fishing and watching rally races, a tradition in Cordoba (spent one week in 2001 in San Remo)... Enjoys fishing, playing soccer and big fan of River Plate team.

    Compiled outstanding junior results, winning US Open title (d. Federer) and Eddie Herr International in 1998, runner-up at Roland Garros (l. to countryman Coria) and SF at Wimbledon in 1999...Won Wimbledon junior doubles title in ‘99 (w/Coria)...Finished No. 3 in singles and No. 6 in doubles in 1998 junior world rankings....Favorite bands are U2 and Coldplay...Went bungee jumping in Vienna on Oct. 13, 2004 from the 152 meter high Danube Tower...In 2002, went swimming with sharks in Melbourne.

    Named one of “50 Most Beautiful in the World” in People en Espanol in June 2005...In September 2007, partnered professional driver Marcos Ligato and launched Tango Rally Team, which competed at the Rally World Championships in Andalgala, a small city of Catamarca, in northeast Argentina...He was not expected to get into a car – he merely came to support his team in Andalgala Masters...But he drove a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX and lost a knockout round against fellow Argentine and would-be champion Alejandro Cancio, who defeated Ligato in the finals (route was almost one-mile long)...Established David Nalbandian Foundation, which provides programs and projects for people with disabilities, oriented towards health and sports...Fitness trainer is Claudio Galasso.

     (Jan. 2008)


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