Monday, February 20, 2012

It's Copa Claro Week

(Copa Claro/FB)
I didn't have time to write a preview of the Golden Swing this year. But had I written another "A Look Ahead" post, the Copa Claro would've been at the centre of it - and not just because of its position in the calendar, between São Paulo and Acapulco.

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.

Update
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.

21 comments:

  1. Hes 170 points behind Blake whoes at 56 in the live rankings for next Monday and 300 behind Berloq whoes 42 and Argentinas 4th ranked player so I except if David stays healthy and just keeps on winning a few matches every tournament I think he can make it.

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  2. what's the ranking he needs to be so he can have a chance to win a spot for the Olympics?
    good thing he's nothing to defend until Wimbly and I really feel he can grab interesting points this week.

    wowowowo!!! I love the Copa Claro poster with David on it, obviously the home favorite among the crowd :D

    nooooo 7:30pm is great for David and local crowd but really not for me :( this time i'll manage to sleep early and set the alarm clock to be ready at 1am lol.

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  3. There's nothing like playing at home! I see the organizers have thoughtfully drawn Volandri so he has to go through Monaco before he gets another crack at David. See how he likes chewing on Pico, clay or no clay.

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  4. Mira, as Adrian hinted at, the cut is 56 but each country can only send 4 players. So David also has to get ahead of Berlocq.
    And yeah, 7.30pm local is rather late but it's only the night session that gets streamed at this stage. ;)

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  5. 10:30 pm for me so should be okay, although Mira's sleep is going to be disturbed yet again! Aha sorry, maybe it'll be earlier in the next rounds. Vamos David!! I'm hoping he has a solid crack at this tournament and I'm sure he'll rise up the rankings soon. Anyways, heads up lads, at least he's actually playing rather than being out injured ;)

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  6. I think David can still get in the top 56. His schedule is crazy, though, because if he plays Acapulco, he will have played hard, clay, clay, clay, clay, hard and hard going into the April DC quarters. Then after that it's the European clay-court season. Ugh. For a guy who we'd like to keep off clay, the task is daunting. And then after that, there's grass. Queen's and Wimbledon, and the Olympics if he makes it. By the time Washington rolls around it will be August. I don't know. Pico and Volandri? I hope whoever loses wears the other one out. Both are obviously playing very well, though.

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  7. The date they take for the Olympics is before Queens,so he has nothing more to defend until the Olympics cut.I think Chela is gonna fall a lot after RG and David could pass him and get into the top Argentinian 4.With so many 1000 tournaments to play if David stays healthy I cant see him not making it.

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  8. A daunting task and schedule, indeed. Though after what happened in previous years I'll only start believing that David plays Acapulco when I see him walk onto the court there... Still, the interersting question will be if this year, David will get to play on clay in Europe, maybe even RG... We'll see.
    But I do hope he won't play Washington - as it'll take place at the same time as the Olympics...

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  9. Yeah, Adrian - if he stays healthy he'll definitely have a chance. But with David and clay it's always a fairly big "if".

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  10. I think Acapulco can happen if he losses in the 1st or 2nd round.I think it would be good to skip Acapulco,have a nice rest and go for a good result in IW and Miami.

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  11. Skipping Acapulco has basically become a tradition, anyway. But yeah, it could very well depend on how far he gets this week. And on whether he stays healthy. I guess it's because of last year that I'm a bit worried.

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  12. I didn't know the cut comes before Queen's, Adrian. That's good for David. I agree that if he makes it to at least the quarters in Buenos Aires we won't see him in Mexico. Hopefully, we won't see him there at all. And yes, Julia, I don't want David to play Washington either. He needs to be in London.

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  13. Apart from that I wonder how much David knows about his first-round opponent...

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  14. I think he's the American who got a drug suspension.

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  15. Yep, that's the short version of it. Also known as the "most hated player in tennis", after other players (like Roddick) said he should be banned forever.

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  16. Lefty. Tons of injuries. Ah yes. HGH user.

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  17. I actually didn't know they'd allowed him back.

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  18. Not only that, I think they reduced his ban from two years to seven months or something. In return for his cooperation. And then all of a sudden Dani Köllerer got banned for life. Not that I miss him. But it was all really rather strange...

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  19. strange story indeed... the "cooperation" thing makes me uncomfortable...

    anyway, drugs or not, David better win in straight sets to show him who's the boss in Buenos Aires lol :)

    and thank you guys for the details on the rankings and the Olympics cut ;)

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  20. Yeah John, if he gets a good week this week then skips acapulco, he'll be nice and fresh for the 2 master series. Tbh, this year I just want him injury free and not many risks. But as Julia said,clay and david's a big if. Anyways, hope he does good this week !!

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