David Nalbandian Nearly Dies in Argentinian Rally Horrific Car Crash
Former World No.3 tennis star David Nalbandian defied death this weekend as he sent his car into a spectacular jump which ended in a heart-stopping 720° roll.
The 34-year-old ex-Wimbledon finalist lost control of his vehicle during a national competition yesterday.
In the video taken by a shocked fan we see his Chevrolet Agile rolling twice before coming to a stop up on its side.
He and his co-driver were pulled out out of the smashed car by fans who at first feared the worst.
Luckily, both were unharmed.
Nalbandian, runner-up at the 2002 Wimbledon final to Lleyton Hewitt, was reunited with his family soon after and spent the day relaxing in a swimming pool with his daughter.
He spoke to the rest of the worried Top Tennis Training team in an exclusive interview and put us at ease: “Both me and the co-pilot are ok…although its not how i was expecting to finish the race!” upon questions on what happened out there David jokingly said: “I was going a little fast! I am a competitor at heart and same as in tennis always push hard to the limit!”.
The former tennis player who has beaten Roger Federer on 8 occasions and had victories over Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka decided to try his hand at rally driving after retiring from tennis in 2013.
He was taking part in the Copa Maxi Rally, part of the national rally calendar.
Earlier this year during filming for our Top Tennis Training courses where David heavily features teaching aspiring players the secrets of tennis tactics he discussed his love for the new sport, he said: “I enjoy rally driving and its fun to compete in something outside of tennis, its my hobby alongside fishing”
David is no stranger to fast driving having walked away from a spectacular crash in April last year in which his car was also left a write-off after flipping several times.
Nalbandian is the only Argentinian tennis player in history who ever reached the semi-finals or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments. He was known for his incredible double handed backhand and lightning returns and often referred to as the “Backhand King” by his fellow pros.
He announced his retirement on October 1 2013 after a shoulder op sidelined him for much of the season but remains heavily involved in the game with his ongoing partnership with Top Tennis Training coaching players around the world through their online video courses. See Below