8/22/12 11:17 PM | Johan Lindahl
While he may be out of the US Open due to his continuing left knee injury, Rafael Nadal's people are already lining up their man for a profitable 2013.
The former No. 1 is set to headline a March exhibition at Madison Square Garden.
Nadal, who has not played for almost two months, has given no indication of when he might return to tennis, saying only that he dreams of playing for Spain in the Davis Cup semifinals next month at home.
While that wish may or may not come to pass, the 26-year-old is surely expected to have returned to the sport well before his exho date, where he is due to face Juan Martin Del Potro. The Argentine is another player who must deal with a delicate problems, with his wrists a constant concern.
Last week's Cincinnati semi-final victim to Roger Federer headed straight to his specialist after the event to have his left wrist checked out after it had been giving him pain. He missed almost a year on the ATP in 2010 due to right wrist surgery.
Also participating in the pay-to-play New York mix will be Serena Williams and WTA No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. The hit-and-giggle has become an unofficial cash-machine stopover for some of the fortunate tennis drawcards in recent years while traveling from February Middle East events to Indian Wells in California for that hard-court Masters 1000.
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