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No need for a big red arrow this time - David is not in Melbourne. I suppose he's still at home in Unquillo, training as usual at the Inés Gorrochategui Academy in Villa Allende. And getting ready for the Davis Cup tie against Germany, his first event of the season, now a little more than 2 weeks away.
But I can only speculate right now as there's no news of any kind.
Meanwhile at the Australian Open, Pico lost in the first round to Andrey Kuznetsov yesterday. A match that gave rise to some worries in connection with the Davis Cup tie, as Pico was struggling with hamstring problems (source). And apparently, there might also still be some problems with his hand. But he'll now focus on getting fit again and ready for the Davis Cup (source).
Out of David's possible teammates, Charly Berlocq is the only one who has made it through to the second round, while Leo Mayer, Horacio Zeballos and Guido Pella all went out in the first, like Pico.
Leo Mayer and Horacio Zeballos are also playing doubles, though Horacio and his partner Oliver Marach have been rather unfortunate with the draw - their first opponents will be the Bryans.
Apart from that there's news from the Brasil Open in São Paulo, which will be David's first ATP tournament of this season. If you click on the pic here to enlarge it you'll see that David, along with Nicolas Almagro, Thomaz Bellucci and Pico, features rather prominently in the artwork for the event. But the artwork will probably undergo some changes, as Rafa Nadal has now been confirmed for the event (source).
So there'll be more competition than expected at São Paulo but perhaps also the chance to put in a round or two at the PlayStation.