In the build-up to the French Open in late May, Nadal is expected to play the Monte Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open, Madrid Masters and Rome Masters.
Nadal has 4,680 ATP points to defend over the clay season and a few poor results could lead him to drop down the rankings.
But injury management is the main issue for the 32-year-old as he returns to action after a knee problem suffered at Indian Wells last month.
Nadal was drawn to face either Roberto Bautista Agut or John Millman in the second round as he bids for a 12th title in Monte Carlo.
After the draw was made, Nadal was asked if he had thought about changing his schedule.
And he replied: “I’m going to try to do my normal schedule if I’m being honest.
“The tough thing for me is that in the last year and a half I was not able to play much.
“Last year I only played nine events and I was able to finish seven because in two of them I had to pull out.
“This year I’ve played three events and I had an issue with my hand in Acapulco, and in Indian Wells when things had been going in a positive way for me I had to pull out of the semi-finals.
“There have been some tough moments if I’m being honest and mentally it is tough to accept sometimes when you have too many things in a row.
“But this part of the season is very special and unique for me.
“And I hope find the energy and positive feelings starting here in Monte Carlo, which is one of the special places for me.”
RAFAEL NADAL – PROJECTED MONTE CARLO DRAW
First Round – Bye
Second Round – Roberto Bautista Agut
Third Round – Denis Shapovalov
Quarter-Final – Marco Cecchinato
Semi-Final – Alexander Zverev
Final – Novak Djokovic
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