Once again held on clay, despite Martin Jaite's attempts to change the surface to hardcourt, the Copa Claro at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club is David's home tournament. And it's an event where he has a good record, including four quarterfinals, a semifinal and the title he won back in 2008.
Last year, it was during the Copa Claro that David's hernia began to cause him trouble, which would later require surgery. This year, he comes to the BALTC directly from first playing Davis Cup and then São Paulo but so far, nothing has been heard about any any physical problems. And though that's no guarantee that everything is indeed okay, here's hoping that this year, David's ninth appearance at this very special event for him won't be overshadowed by any injuries.
David's opponent in the first round will be lucky loser Wayne Odesnik (#107) who takes Thomaz Bellucci's place in the main draw (after Bellucci's withdrawal). It's going to be David's first match against Odesnik. And here's a first pic of David, training at the BALTC.
According to the tournament website the prime time slot in tomorrow's night session (at 7.30pm local) has already been reserved for David's match. And that's good news as it means there's going to be stream.
Finally, a look at the rankings. David still has 630 points and loses one place so he's now ranked #85. The reason he hasn't gained any ground despite reaching the quarterfinal last week is that today, his quarterfinal points from last year's Copa Claro have come off. So the overall count remains to be the same. Still, from now on David will have the chance to gain points (as he has nothing to defend until Wimbledon; Edit: okay, I forgot the 20 points from the Queen's Club) and perhaps still make the cut for the Olympics.