Wow! Did you see Nalbandian?

He looked like a giant lemon with that yellow jersey covering all that fat. I know he's having back problems, but looks like he's got some serious front problems. Even the announcers were joking about it. I've never seen a fatter male at this level. Go Nalbandian!
 

0range

Hall of Fame
"giant lemon"... lol

Well as long as he's winning he could look like a giant kiwi for all I care.
 

tzinc

Semi-Pro
I am sick of people ripping other people based on their body size it's as bad as ripping people based on their skin colour GROW UP!!!
 

WBF

Hall of Fame
I am sick of people ripping other people based on their body size it's as bad as ripping people based on their skin colour GROW UP!!!
No, it is not.

*Particularly* because we are discussing professional athletes.
 

Richie Rich

Legend
yes, there it was, live on TV - Nalbo's beer gut. even the commentators talked about it. so, for once and for all, can the people who claim "i saw Nalbandian and he wasn't fat" please stop it
 
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Tempest344

Professional






this is all i could find

I'm sure if Nalby can get through to the 2nd week we'll be able to see whether he is *fat* as everyone says as there will be more pics etc
 
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ninman

Hall of Fame
I think someone must've challenged him like "I bet you £1,000,000 that you can't win a Grand Slam on a McDonald's only diet" and now he's setting out to prove them wrong.
 

need2bfit

New User
He's definitely carrying extra weight. That's the first thing I noticed when I turned on the match. No ifs, ands or butts(!) the "big t-shirt" theory has been digested by Nalba. He's positively not as fit as he could be. Frankly I'm surprised that he's not better prepared. He may do well but imagine how much better his play would be if he dropped a few.
 

javier sergio

Professional
I am sick of people ripping other people based on their body size it's as bad as ripping people based on their skin colour GROW UP!!!
You know that I am too (sick), especially these kind of guys picking on somebody else belly when they don't even know how to hold a racquet in their hands.
Why don't you guys look how he plays tennis?
Isn't it supposed to be a forum of tennis issues or how pretty players look?
 
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rommil

Legend
I think someone must've challenged him like "I bet you £1,000,000 that you can't win a Grand Slam on a McDonald's only diet" and now he's setting out to prove them wrong.
Roddick has the same bet going but it's riding with Taco Bell.
 

need2bfit

New User
You know that I am too (sick), especially these kind of guys picking on somebody else belly when they don't even know how to hold a racquet in their hands.
Why don't you guys look how he plays tennis?
Isn't it supposed to be a forum of tennis issues or how pretty players look?

You're right, some day I hope to get the forehand and backhand down. Then, if the stars align, I'll hit a volley before I die. Sweet! Seriously, this thread is about an extremely talented guy who looks like he might be ill prepared for top level play. This is not about mocking some guy who's had a few too many whatevers. It's about a guy who apprears to be squandering his deep talent at the moment. Again, looks can be deceiving and I'll admit that I may be wrong on this one. One thing is for sure, I've never heard anyone say that they need to carry extra fat to play better tennis, especially a top level pro.
 

skip1969

Legend
gotta love nalby, out there pluggin away . . . givin the "husky" guys hope! (damn, i hate that word - ha!)

hey, i'm just thrilled that he won a match in straights!! go, daVEED!
 

Loco4Tennis

Hall of Fame
You know that I am too (sick), especially these kind of guys picking on somebody else belly when they don't even know how to hold a racquet in their hands.
Why don't you guys look how he plays tennis?
Isn't it supposed to be a forum of tennis issues or how pretty players look?
im with you on this as well
yeah he looked like he was packing more then the other guy, but so what, he not only chased all the shoots down but ended beating the guy
there is no skinny requirement for tennis, yeah its always better to be fit as a fiddle, but not always necessary
i specially liked seeing him like this, a fat guy (if you think he is) playing at that level, gives the rest of us fat guys a chance
federer would still be federer with 50 lbs on him :)
 

ATXtennisaddict

Hall of Fame
I feel that David's weight is misunderstood. Dude probably has muscle under that. And not everyone is built the same.

If his weight doesn't hinder his tennis, then I don't see why it should matter. Does it? Would he actually be a lot better if he lost the weight? I don't know.
 

heartman

Rookie
I've a new hero to follow - my 'Milwaukee tumor' looks just like Nalby's(ok maybe mine is a bit bigger but I'm 50 YEARS OLD!), and I thought he looked good. Not sure if he's a solid bet in a 5 setter, carrying all that stuff, but let's cross that bridge when we get to it!!
 

flyer

Hall of Fame
I feel that David's weight is misunderstood. Dude probably has muscle under that. And not everyone is built the same.

If his weight doesn't hinder his tennis, then I don't see why it should matter. Does it? Would he actually be a lot better if he lost the weight? I don't know.
Well he'll never look like Nadal but as we saw in the fall when hes a few pounds leaner and more fit what the difference is, so his weight definitely does hinder his tennis, he goes from great ball striker and waste of talent to technically flawless and all but unbeatable, so he is a whole hell of a lot better.
 

ACE of Hearts

Talk Tennis Guru
Who cares!Nalbandian in my mind is a bigger threat to Federer then Nadal.I am a Fed fan and i really feel that way.This guy is more talented then a Roddick and yet he hasnt won that GS yet.I think its mostly due to his serve.
 

WBF

Hall of Fame
You know that I am too (sick), especially these kind of guys picking on somebody else belly when they don't even know how to hold a racquet in their hands.
Why don't you guys look how he plays tennis?
Isn't it supposed to be a forum of tennis issues or how pretty players look?
Bull. Are you seriously going to play the skill card? It is now common knowledge that fitness is a major, major part of the game. Those few extra pounds on his gut indicate several things

1.) He was not training very hard. If he was training hard, there would be no gut (With the exception that if he is a *huge* eater or drinker, he may still be fully fit under the fat but... see 2)
2.) Any extra weight slows you down. It is basic physics. Acceleration will be slower, shifting directions will be tougher on his body and slower, and various other factors will be impacted by the unnecessary weight.

Might he be playing tennis at a high level? Of course. Could he be doing far better? Obviously. He is slacking at *his job*. Majorly slacking.
 
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Ultra2HolyGrail

Hall of Fame
Nalby is ranked 10in the world! Some bigger guys have freakish stamina obviously like nalbandian. If he hired Gil Reyes who knows how improved nalby could get.
 

jorel

Hall of Fame
He looked like a giant lemon with that yellow jersey covering all that fat. I know he's having back problems, but looks like he's got some serious front problems. Even the announcers were joking about it. I've never seen a fatter male at this level. Go Nalbandian!
..........................
 

jorel

Hall of Fame
im with you on this as well
yeah he looked like he was packing more then the other guy, but so what, he not only chased all the shoots down but ended beating the guy
there is no skinny requirement for tennis, yeah its always better to be fit as a fiddle, but not always necessary
i specially liked seeing him like this, a fat guy (if you think he is) playing at that level, gives the rest of us fat guys a chance
federer would still be federer with 50 lbs on him :)
didnt you see Feds belly starting to show underneath the black shirt too... but after about a week of play....that will melt away once again

this happened to Fed last year at the Aussie Open too.... He wore a bigger shirt but you could tell he was carrying a bit of a belly, but after a week it was gone.... man i wish I had those skillz

the belly is prob cuz he takes some time off during the Holidays
 
carrying extra weight around the belly region is a misunderstood thing. he might be carrying around a few extra pounds, but that doesn't mean that he isn't in shape.

a lot of the time, if you do a lot of ab workouts and core-strengthening exercises, it will built up your abs instead of toning them, resulting in the *little* excess weight in your belly region to come out more, especially in the "love handles" region.

I believe this to be the case with nalbandian---yes, he carries around a few extra pounds, but under those pounds is a strong muscular composition----all in my opinion, of course
 

zacinnc78

Professional
I've a new hero to follow - my 'Milwaukee tumor' looks just like Nalby's(ok maybe mine is a bit bigger but I'm 50 YEARS OLD!), and I thought he looked good. Not sure if he's a solid bet in a 5 setter, carrying all that stuff, but let's cross that bridge when we get to it!!
lmfao never heard that one before ...thanx :)
 

Techniques

Rookie
He did look bigger than last year but I don't think he is fat. I think he bulked up to get more power... i certainly don't think he's fat at all, I reckon he looked more muscular and bulky. He was hitting it very very well and was killing Smeets really. He's a big threat.
 

WBF

Hall of Fame
you got that right.



did you see the match or what? his belly was CLEARLY obvious - even through his shirt.

no kidding he's a big threat - mainly to do serious damage to a nearby buffet
haha indeed! They must close all the all-you-can-eats when he comes to town ;)
 

Kaptain Karl

Hall Of Fame
I am sick of people ripping other people based on their body size it's as bad as ripping people based on their skin colour GROW UP!!!
Since when do peoples' skins change color because of their own lack of self-discipline? (IOW, that's a ridiculous assertion.)


Nalby has had back problems for months (if not years) it's tough to keep your core fit when your back won't cooperate. (It must be even more difficult for Nalbanian; he's regularly battled the bulge....)

- KK
 

kumat63

Rookie
Jensen and Cahill both said he was fat, way out of shape and that it hurt his performance. These guys are former touring pros who know what they are talking about. The point is not whether you identify with Nalby because you've got a gut too, or if he's a poster boy for the pudgy. The question is: would he play better if he lost the soft gut? Unquestionably, he would. He'd be faster, have more endurance, be quicker, and stronger (the work losing the weight cannot help but build muscle).

Tennis is a sport. It requires speed and quickness and strength as well as hand eye coordination and skill. Nalby is a highly skilled elite athlete who plays at a high level because of his talent. But he wasn't carrying all that extra weight when he ripped Fed and Rafa last year. He isn't getting the most out of his considerable talent by carrying extra weight. And he will get toasted by any top ten player he faces right now. Bet you dollars to donuts!
 
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