David Nalbandian Bio: Stats, Injury, Contract & Wife

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Tennis is one of those sports which can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each by using a racket. A gentlemanly game that requires perseverance and is extremely respected.

This game has provided us with legendary players like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, etc.

They are all loved and widely respected for their extraordinary gameplay and kind and generous nature.

Young David Nalbandian
Young David Nalbandian

Another player that lands on the list of the player is David Nalbandian. He is a retired Argentine tennis player who showed excellent talent and outstanding sportsmanship. 

David is a well-known figure in the tennis world. His highest ever rating in the ATP ratings was World No.3.

Before diving into the details, let us know David a little from this table of quick facts.

Quick Facts: David Nalbandian

Full Name David Pablo Nalbandian
Birth Date 1 January 1982
Birth Place Unquillo, Argentina
Nick Name Nalbandian, David
Religion N/A
Nationality Argentine
Ethnicity Hispanic
Education N/A
Horoscope Capricorn
Father’s Name Norberto Nalbandian
Mother’s Name Alda Nalbandian
Siblings Javier Nalbandian, Dario Nalbandian
Age 42 years old
Height 5’11” (1.80 m)
Weight 85 kg
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Brown
Build Athletic
Profession Tennis Player
Current Team Singular/Independent game
Style Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Active Years 2000- October 2013
Marital Status Married to Victoria Bosch
Children One, Sosie Nalbandian
Salary N/A
Net Worth $14 million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch  NHL Plaster Cards
Last Update June, 2024

Where was David born? – Age, Height, and Measurements 

On 1 January 1982, David Pablo Nalbandian was born to his mother Alda Nalbandian and father, Norberto Nalbandian, in the small city of Unqillo in Córdoba Province, Argentina.

David has two brothers, Javier Nalbandian and Dario Nalbandian.

Since their childhood, he and his brothers would always seek out adventurous and sporty activities. David was the No.1 tennis player in Argentina in his category when he was twelve.

David Nalbandian stands at 5 ft 11 inches tall. Further, he is currently 42 years old & has officially retired from professional tennis. Additionally, he started his career at the age of 18.

Possessing an athletic and healthy body, for most of his career, David weighed 79 kgs.

Thus, he maintained his diet and remained at this weight as it was efficient to play for him at this body weight.

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David Nalbandian: Professional Career

Early Career 

David started his tennis career as a junior and even won the US Open boy’s single by defeating Roger Federer. He reached World No. 3 in rankings in 1998. 

In 2000, he became a full-time professional tennis player. David reached the ATP top 50 for the first time in 2001, just one year after going professional, which is a huge deal for many tennis professionals.

2002 was a great year for David as he finished as No.1 in Argentina and South American for the first time. In addition, he won two ATP titles and also reached the Wimbledon finals that year.

He wins against various players, David Sánchez, Paul-Henri Mathieu, George Bastl, Wayne Arthurs, Nicolás Lapentti, and Xavier Malisse.

David on Field
David on Field

Likewise, Nalbandian did not do very well in 2003 due to a stomach injury. David did not win any titles in 2004 either, but he completed as runner-up in Rome Masters and Madrid Masters. 

For the first time in David’s career, he made it into the top five of the ATP Men’s Rankings in August 2004. However, he dropped to number nine in the rankings at the end of the year.

Career Statistics

David quickly reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Wimbledon Open, and the US Open in 2005. Moreover, he also won the Tennis Masters Cup.

Additionally, he is the second-ever Argentine in history to win the Tennis Masters Cup, a year-end tournament after defeating World No.1 Roger Federer. 

This win made him the first player ever to win the cup without winning any Grand Slam or Masters Series title, which was a huge accomplishment.

The Argentine reached the Australian Open semifinals in 2006 before losing to Marcos Baghdatis. He was the second active player to have reached the Grand Slam Tournament’s semifinals after Federer. 

Roger and David after winning a match
Roger and David, after winning a match.

David also reached the semifinals of the French Open and the Wimbledon Open. Unfortunately, he had to opt out of the French Open due to a stomach injury in the middle of the game. 

Last Half of the Career

2007 definitely was not a good year for David Nalbandian because he dropped out of the top 20 for the first time starting from 2003. 

Also, he suffered from multiple injuries such as a back injury, a stomach injury, and a leg injury during the year. However, he bounced back when he phenomenally won the Madrid Masters.

Similarly, he is the third person ever to win over the world’s top three seeds in a single competition. 

After that win in 2007, Nalbandian secured a spot back in the top 10 and started another season in that ranking. However, he failed to impress the Australian Open and did not reach the quarterfinals.

He won the Copa Telmex in Bueno Aires, which landed him to the top 8. David also reached the finals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco. 

He wins his tenth career ATP Title at Medibank International in Australia. Nalbandian also participated in the NBP Paribas Open in California, losing to Rafael Nadal. 

Injuries and Out of Form

David had to go through surgery on his hips, which meant that he could not participate in any other events for the year. He also did not participate in any of the Grand Slams.

Despite initially being ready for the Australian Open in January, he had to withdraw due to an abdominal injury. 

David also had a lot of injuries in 2010. He had to face several knee injuries that barred him from almost all of the tournaments earlier that year.

David Nalbandian, after a win.
David Nalbandian, after a win.

However, the injury did not stop David from winning the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. He was also awarded the Platinum Konex Award as the best tennis player in Argentina in the last decade.

In 2011, David started the season as World No. 27. However, he immediately forwarded to rank No. 21 after performing at the Auckland Open and No.1 in Argentina.

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Fined for Misconduct

David Nalbandian was fined $12,560 after a match with Isner in the Australian Open due to unsportsmanlike conduct following the match.

The incident was broadcast live when he kicked a seated line judge in the shin. This kick heavily injured the linesman and even drew blood.

Owing to this incident, David Nalbandian had not just to pay the $12,560 fine, but his prize money was also forfeited.

His total losses incurred up to $69,910. Additionally, his rankings were taken away by ATP as well.

When he started the Wimbledon Championship, he was an unseeded player. David was defeated in straight sets in the first round of the Championship.

David Nalbandian had to withdraw from the US Open due to a strained muscle in his chest. So, he withdrew one day ahead of the US Open and canceled his first-round match.

David appeared in Davis Cup, representing Argentina in 2013. Apart from that, he had to undergo shoulder surgery, which stopped him from playing other tournaments during the year. As a result, David announced his retirement in 2013.

Style of Play

David Nalbandian was an amazing tennis player with a clean ball-striker and an all-court efficiency. His serve was not as great as another fellow top 20 seeds, but he was good enough.

David carried off his game in speed, anticipation, and ability to endpoints at the net. He is quite famous for his double-handed backhand down the line. 

Despite being considered one of the best and compared to Roger Federer during his early years, David failed to live up to the mark.

Some commentators have even mentioned that David was one of the biggest underachievers in tennis history.

David Nalbandian After Tennis & Retirement

Showing his passion deep-rooted for sports, David chose a career in another sport after retiring from tennis.

He started his career as a race car driver and often went rallying in the Argentine Rally Championship.

David has marked his feat in rallying and has made appearances in the Codasur South American Rally Championships and World Rally Championship once.

Nalbandian has multiple rides, but he prefers to race in an Argentine specification of the Chevrolet Agile launched in 2009.

Personal Life, Net Worth & Social Media

According to his social media platforms, Nalbandian is a fairly private person, where he only shares his work and career-related activities. However, we do know that David is married to Victoria Bosch. 

Additionally, on 1 June 2013, David announced that he became a father to his daughter, Sossie Nalbandian. He was quoted as saying, 

“I am delighted. Last night, Sossie was born. Both the baby and Vicky are in tip-top condition.”

As of 2024, David Nalbandian is estimated to have around $14 million. He amassed his wealth from his 13-year tennis career and multiple championship prize money. 

David is active on Instagram and Twitter. He is often seen sharing his opinions and experiences in tennis and rallying.

Moreover, he seems super interested in sports and adventure, as evident from his career choice.

Net Worth of David Nalbandian in Different Currencies

Below is the net worth of David Nalbandian in different currencies, including the Euro and Pound.

Currency Net Worth
Euro 12,457,620 
Pound Sterling £10,578,015 
Australian Dollar A$19,566,176 
Canadian Dollar C$18,047,120 
Indian Rupee 1,068,375,000 
BitCoin ฿301 

Some FAQs 

What happened to David Nalbandian?

David retired from tennis in 2013 due to his shoulder injury, which did not support his career anymore. However, he is still active and does professional rallying now.

Has Nalbandian ever Played with Andy Murray?

Yes, he has played with Andy Murray. He played against Andy Murray in 2010, Roger’s Masters Series in Toronto.

Are Tennys Sandgren and David Nalbandian friends?

No, they are not friends. Tennys Sandgren is also an American professional basketball player but doesn’t relate with David Nalbandian.

Did David Nalbandian win a Grand Slam?

Nalbandian has not won any Grand Slam award. In fact, he has not participated in the Glam Slam championships.

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