Going by what he said in recent interviews, this means that David will do his pre-season on clay and won't play the Australian Open.
Whether this is definitive I guess we'll find out on Wednesday, at the Copa Claro presentation.
Two further interviews from his "media marathon" on Monday, both by Hernan Sartori for Clarin, were published yesterday.
One of them you'll find below.
The other, longer one, which is all about the Davis Cup, I've added in another backdated post that you can read here.
David: I miss competing because it's the adrenaline I've had since I was very young. It's something that's really great about this sport, also having fellow players you've known for many years. When something like that [an injury] happens you want to get those sensations back again.Here, it sounds like going to the Australian Open will be something he'll decide and not just the consequence of the surface chosen for the first-round tie, like in the other interviews.
Q: How did you deal with those first moments after the injury?
David: At first, I tried to make things happen a little faster but when I saw that it wasn't possible I took my foot off the gas and and did a rehabilitation that was a bit more relaxed, knowing that I wasn't going to play anything else this year.
Q: What kind of role does the mind play when an athlete gets injured?
David: It's never great to be injured because you're always ready to be on court. But things like that happen and unfortunately, they happened to me. I hope I can have a good start in 2013. It's important to think about what's ahead and not about the past.
Q: Are you planning to return step by step or as if nothing happened?
David: No, normal. I'll play the Copa Argentina, I'll do the pre-season and next year I'll be fully fit. I have to decide if I'm going to play the Australian Open because the Davis Cup will take place immediately afterwards and you have to think about the adaptation to the surface. And I'm going to play the South American swing.
In any case, David obviously doesn't know or doesn't care to use the name that ATP has come up with for the South American events, i.e. the Golden Swing.
Q: Are you going to set goals for yourself from the start or do you want to enjoy your return?
David: Both. I want to enjoy going back to playing again because that's what I've been missing. But I also want to make it back inside the Top50 in the ranking, out of which I've dropped because of the injury. And the Davis Cup remains to be an objective.
Q: Which David Nalbandian would you like to be in six months?
David: I want to be healthy, competing and enjoying another year of tennis and what the sport has given to me.
Q: Without too much pressure?
David: With the Davis Cup there will be pressure because it's great to play it. And I think that I can achieve the goal of getting back inside the Top50 next year.
Q: You're 30 years old now, with a few more years to go. What would you like the end of your career to be like?
David: Healthy, competing and achieving goals. When you stop having goals and objectives it gets very difficult to train, to have the right attitude and to compete. You always have to have clear goals and achieve them.
Apparently, it'll be an interactive campaign, involving several rounds, with a match against either of the Davids as the main prize.
And this seems to be the new shirt that Topper have designed for David,
a bit like a variation of the old one and an improvement, at least as far as I'm concerned.
Meanwhile at the BALTC the court is being prepared for the tenth anniversary edition of the Copa Argentina, now less than two weeks away. More about the event and David's long history with it next week.