David Nalbandian’s name isn’t particularly one that tennis fans remember from his time in the sport.
The Argentine reached world number three in 2006, but retired in 2013 because of injury. However in Argentina over the weekend Nalbandian remarkably escaped injury after being involved in a huge crash.
During the mid-2000s, Nalbandian was the biggest tennis star in South America, producing some impressive performances at Grand Slams. The now 34-year-old reached the final at Wimbledon in 2002, as well as making the semi-finals at the Australian, French and US Opens.
Following his retirement, Nalbandian took up rallying in his native Argentina, and speaking earlier this year about his new sport, said: “Tennis was my job and racing is a hobby. It’s very different. I don’t have pressure here. I am learning and trying to do my best but not as a professional.”
Nalbandian though incredibly escaped injury, and possibly worse, over the weekend, when he walked away from a spectacular crash. He lost control of his car going around a corner and took it off the track before flipping it twice times.
Spectator footage shows the car landing on its side, though somehow both he and his co-driver were helped out of the wrecked Chevrolet Agile by fans in San Justo.
This isn’t the first time that Nalbandian has been involved in such a large crash. In April this year he once again walked away from a huge crash, after flipping his car several times.