Already before the Australian tour, Richard had opted for a new approach in 2010.
He was scheduled to play all clay court tournaments in South America: Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Mexcio. He was also supposed to meet up with his new coach, Gabriel Markus, a multilingual Argentine, who worked with Nalbandian and Coria before.
A back injury forced him to withdraw from Santiago de Chile last week and there are currently no news about the severity of the injury. For the time being, Costa do Sauipe in Brazil, starting on 8 Februray 2010 should be his next event.