David Nalbandian Bio

  • 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.
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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