TENNIS | BUENOS AIRES
Nadal handed wildcard to defend title in Buenos Aires
The world number five has changed his planned schedule after his shock first round exit to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne.
Rafael Nadal has had his request for a wildcard invitation to next week's Argentina Open accepted as the Spaniard rejigs his schedule after his shock Australian Open exit.
The world number five lost in the first round of a Grand Slam for just the second time in his career to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne.
After his unexpectedly early departure the 29-year-old travelled to Mallorca to start training for what could be a make or break year on clay, starting now with the defence of his title in Buenos Aires.
"I want to thank the organisers of the Argentina Open for giving me this wild card to play in Buenos Aires," he told the ATP website from Mallorca on Monday.
"The times that I've played in Argentina have been special and full of good memories because the people are some of the best in the world.
"I asked for this wild card after the bad result in Melbourne and I hope that Buenos Aires will once again be the start of a good run for me. I will try my best to make sure it is."
Nadal strengthens the line-up in Argentina which already features world number five David Ferrer, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga the number nine and 12th ranked American John Isner.
After last week's loss Nadal's coach and uncle Toni Nadal raised the possibility that the 14-time Grand Slam champion may seek a new or expanded coaching team in a bid to arrest his slide in form.
"I understand that in sport results come first and if you have to make a change, you have to do it," Toni Nadal told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope last Wednesday.
"To lose so early in Australia is one of the biggest disappointments we have had because in the last four months we had been playing well.
"I hope it is only a blip and we move forward."
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