Juan Martin del Potro is set to miss the ATP Tour World Finals as he “does not want to risk” causing more damage to his knee, according to a report.
The world No 4 was forced to retire from his third-round clash at the Shanghai Masters after he fell awkwardly. Scans later revealed that he fractured his right kneecap.
He remained hopeful of playing in the season-ending ATP Finals in London from November 11, but has been forced to change his mind.
La Nacion’s Sebastián Torok reports that the former US Open champion and his team feel it is “too big a risk” to take part in the tournament.
Rehabilitation from a fractured patella bone “usually takes between 40-45 days” while doctors also usually advise patients to “only return to action after two to three months”.
There was some good news for the former US Open champion as he did not require surgery, which would have ruled out him out for up to six months.
Del Potro’s absence from the London event means three places are still up for grabs with Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori, John Isner and Fabio Fognini in the hunt.
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