Most players are in their pre-season right now, gearing up slowly but surely for 2013, which incidentally starts on 30th December, with the players taking part in the tournaments in Brisbane, Doha, and Chennai having to travel on Christmas if they want to make it (so no such thing as celebrating the Holidays for them).
At the same time, exhibition season is in full flight, and at the moment, the spotlight is firmly on South America, where Roger Federer is taking part in a series of show matches in Brazil (6th to 9th December), Argentina (12-13th December), and Colombia (15th December).
In Brazil, Federer has played (and lost to) Thomaz Bellucci on Thursday and will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Saturday, as well as his good friend (and fellow ATP Tour veteran) Tommy Haas on Sunday, before going to meet Juan Martín del Potro twice in Argentina next week, then Tsonga again in Colombia.
The Copa Peugeot Argentina and a very expected return
On top of the long-awaited visit of the best tennis player of all times on South American soil, Buenos Aires is the scene of the annual Copa Peugeot Argentina, with its usual mix of Argentine and international stars taking part in usually very entertaining matches.
Throughout the weekend, Juan Mónaco, Nicolás Almagro, Gilles Simon, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Carlos Berlocq, and David Nalbandian will square off in this December classic, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, as usual cement-covered for the occasion.
You read well: David Nalbandian is back! Having had to cut his 2012 season short due to an oblique muscle tear suffered at practice shortly before the start of the US Open, the man from Unquillo played today his first match since Winston-Salem, a 6-1 7-6 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov, incidentally the last player he faced before his injury.
We can assure that the magic is still there, and that the great relationship between Nalbandian and the Argentine crowd remains intact:
When it comes to his 2013 calendar, Nalbandian, who will become a father for the first time in May, has opted to skip the Australian Open in order to be ready for the first round of the Davis Cup, where Argentina will play Germany on the clay of the Estadio Mary Terán de Weiss (if you prefer, Parque Roca), before taking part in the tournaments of the Golden Swing. In fact, the Argentine’s focus this season is to help bring home this elusive Davis Cup, and we can only hope they finally succeed.