This year, he'll play the same tournaments that he also played last year. The only difference being that this time, there's a week between the Davis Cup tie and São Paulo. And with it an opportunity to get ready for playing three weeks in a row.
You may remember how ahead of the tie, there was talk of David, having problems with his right calf, something he dismissed as just the usual pre-season soreness. After the tie, however, Martin Jaite talked about how well David did "despite his calf injury" (source). Whether there still are any problems with David's calf or whether they merely affected his ability to train ahead of the tie - we'll have to wait and see.
In any case, here's what he has planned for the next three weeks:
Brasil Open, São Paulo (February 11-17)
For David, the ATP season begins at the only tournament that's played on indoor clay, the Brasil Open. Previously held outdoors at Costa do Sauipe, the tournament was relocated to São Paulo last year. David took part in the first new edition and it was a very warm welcome that he received from the crowd, despite the traditional animosities in sports between Argentina and Brazil. Therefore it's not really surprising that he now returns to São Paulo, where he reached the quarterfinal last year.
As has been mentioned before, David will also play doubles at this event, together with Rafa Nadal.
The draws will be released on Saturday, with the doubles draw taking place at 2pm local, while the time for the singles draw has yet to be confirmed.
Also on the entry list: Pico, Charly Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos - Davis Cup team reunion in Brazil.
Copa Claro, Buenos Aires (February 18-24)
|(Sergio Llamera/Copa Claro)|
After his 25th Davis Cup tie here's another anniversary for David: This year, it'll be the 10th time that he plays the ATP tournament in Buenos Aires, currently known as Copa Claro, previously known as Copa Telmex - David's home event. Held at the only tournament venue he gets to play at twice every year, the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club that also hosts the Copa Argentina exhibition. Especially the night matches at the BALTC are something special and last year, David got to play four of those as he reached the semifinal. His second one at this event, along with four quarterfinal appearances and the title that he won in 2008, all of which makes it one of David's best events. And it's surely the one he truly enjoys playing, in front of his home crowd.
The draw for this year's Copa Claro will come out on Saturday, 16/02.
On top of the entry list (just like last year): David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro and Stanislas Wawrinka.
Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco (February 25 - March 2)
Or "the crowning jewel of the Golden Swing" - as the ATP website likes to call it. Acapulco is traditionally the last and also the biggest tournament of the Golden Swing - though that's going to change next year with the introduction of the new 500 event in Rio. For David, it's going to be the sixth appearance at Acapulco, a tournament where he reached the final back in 2008 but apart from that usually went out in the first round. Which is also what happened last year. Still, Acapulco is always worth a visit. And if not for playing tennis then for hanging out on the beach (see pic).
Right now, David is two withdrawals away from making the main draw. But he can apparently count on receiving a wild card if he needs one as he hasn't entered qualifying.
The date and time of the draw ceremony haven't been published yet.
On the entry list: Everyone playing the Golden Swing will be at Acapulco. Nadal, Ferrer, Almagro and Wawrinka but also Pico, Charly Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos.