Now, 104 years later, Olympic tennis returns to SW19 but the question is, what are David's chances of taking part in the singles competition?
For David, the problem is that while his ranking (#49) is high enough to make the cut (which is #56), there are four Argentine players ahead of him in the rankings and only four players per country are allowed in the draw. This rule also applies for ITF entries and wildcards.
Therefore David's only chance of qualifying is to overtake at least one Argentine player in the rankings until June 11. As it's the ranking the week after Roland Garros that counts.
Until then, if all goes well, David will play Belgrade, the Masters events at Madrid and Rome and Roland Garros - without any points to defend, so everything he gains will be added to his count. But his chances of qualifying will also depend on the results of the other Argentines. Delpo (#11) and Pico (#14) are too far ahead, which leaves Chela and Berlocq.
Ranked #33 this week with 1165 points, Juan Ignacio Chela is 260 points ahead of David. And it's a packed schedule that Chela has planned for the clay-court swing. After his first-round exit at Monte Carlo yesterday, he'll now play every week until Roland Garros (Barcelona, Estoril, Madrid, Rome plus the World Team Cup). So there'll be plenty of chances for him to gain points. But Chela also has plenty of points to defend in the coming weeks - 585 in total. The biggest chunks of which are from the World Team Cup (125) and above all Roland Garros, where he'll defend 360 points from making the quarterfinal last year. In other words, an early exit at Roland Garros could make Chela fall behind David in the rankings.
Ranked #37 this week with 1076 points, Carlos Berlocq is 171 points ahead of David. And not as far away as Chela. But unlike Chela, Berlocq has hardly anything to defend in the coming weeks, having gained the majority of his ranking points during the second half of the last season (when he won altogether five clay-court Challengers). Berlocq is apparently having some injury troubles at the moment and retired in the first round at Monte Carlo today. After pausing next week he's scheduled to play Estoril, Madrid, Rome and the World Team Cup ahead of Roland Garros, with merely 71 points to defend until June 11. So David can't really speculate on early exits making that much of a difference for Berlocq's ranking.
In the end, it'll be up to David of course to try and play a good clay-court swing. With results that will hopefully earn him a place as one of Argentina's four players at the Olympics. He won't play as many events as Chela and Berlocq in the coming weeks, so each tournament will be crucial for David's quest for ranking points, especially the three big ones.
I'd love to be able to tell you how David is doing at the moment, ahead of the clay-court swing. But so far, there's still no news from him...