9/5/12 1:33 AM | Johan Lindahl
Rafael Nadal may elect to change his schedule a bit and play more on the forgiving clay of South America after coming back from the knee injury that has kept him sidelined.
And there is nothing that tournament directors in the tennis-starved region would like more than to get the Spanish king of clay onto their dirt in 2013.
With the delicate state of his left knee and a long healing process now impacting his tennis life, the world No. 3 might well be amenable to venturing onto the continent for extended periods.
With his 2012 season shot after playing his last match in a Wimbledon second-round loss and then being forced to rest and take treatment on his knee, Nadal is already looking optimistically ahead to trying to last until the Olympics in Rio. "My enthusiasm and focus will be extended as much as possible my career and the dream of being in Rio 2016."
Some insiders are wondering if Nadal will switch his post-Australian Open schedule from the hard-court tests in Rotterdam and Dubai to the more knee-friendly clay venues of Acapulco or Buenos Aires during that same month.
"We'd love to have Nadal, that's a no-brainer," an Acapulco official told dpa. "We have shown interest, but it's not entirely up to us alone that Nadal comes," he said of the Spaniard, who last played in the southern part of the hemisphere at Buenos Aires in 2005.
Seven years ago Nadal won Costa do Sauipe and Acapulco just prior to taking the No. 2 ranking behind Roger Federer shortly afterwards.
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