I had to be prepared for the very worst, had to think about the future of this blog in case of such a scenario. But now I won't have to think about these things for another year. And thank goodness for that. Or rather - thanks, David.
So the difficult and overall disappointing season 2012, complete with the rather irritable David we got to see so often this year, won't go down as his last season on the Tour. I've written about it before, I think he expected a lot from himself, this year. And it didn't work out in the end.
Now another season lies ahead for David. Another year of travelling, of airports and hotels, of training and playing tournaments and Davis Cup. That is to say - first Davis Cup and then tournaments, thanks to his decision to skip the Australian Open in favour of the first-round tie. But while putting the Davis Cup ahead of everything else, including Slams and his health, isn't really new and more like the number one constant in terms of David, his scheduling and his career, the question is whether outside of the Davis Cup 2013 can be a whole new start for David. After all that happened this season, from all the first-round defeats to the incidents.
So what to expect from 2013? A season that will definitely begin and hopefully also end with the Davis Cup. We could be in for a lot more Davis Cup drama next year, with Delpo's future on the team still a big question mark. Apart from that, what is known so far is that David will play the Golden Swing, as well as Indian Wells and Miami. The rest of the calendar still is unchartered territory at this point and David's schedule will also depend on getting wildcards. And perhaps also on the future priority in his life, his first child to be born in May.
I can't say what the 2013 season will bring for David. But I think that it can be a new start for him. I hope that's what it will be. We had too much grimness this year, it's time for a change. And if David finds a way of enjoying himself on court again, who knows what might happen.
Today, he'll be in Santa Fe, to take part in a farewell game for footballer Esteban "Bichi" Fuertes.
For now, I'll leave you with this little clip here...