Juan Martin del Potro news: Andy Murray full of sympathy for the injury prone Argentine

Juan Martin del Potro in action

Former US Open Champion Juan Martin del Potro announced his likely retirement from tennis on Saturday during an emotional press conference to mark his return to the game three years after he played his last match.

The Argentine has been injury prone since 2019 and has undergone two knee surgeries since he was last on court competitively, and he suggested that the Argentina Open and the Rio Open may be his last tournaments on the tour.

Andy Murray has been in this very position once before and he knows exactly what Del Porto will be going through as he was just inches away from calling time on his tennis career in a press conference before the start of the 2019 Australian Open after suffering with a long term hip injury which he has two surgeries on whilst playing professionally.

“I haven’t seen it, I heard about it and it’s obviously very sad because he’s had many issues throughout his career – you hope that things are going to get better,” the three time Grand Slam champion explained when asked about Del Potro’s announcement.

“A lot of tough times and everything that you go through and it’s not on camera, it must have been unbelievably difficult for him, I don’t really know what to say I just know having been in that position myself, you feel like you’re sort of suffering a lot of time alone or maybe the people around you know exactly what’s going on.

“That’s maybe the first time he’s sort of spoken publicly for quite a while, I’m sure he probably feels better now for it because well I’m sure the amount of messages or sort of love and support that he would have got from his fans all around the world.”

In his press conference on Saturday, the 33-year-old was honest in his assessment, saying that his injury probably wouldn’t enable him to have a great comeback like it allowed Murray, but he wants to end his career on court and not in a press announcement.

The current world No 745 said: “Unfortunately I had to deal with many injuries, but I achieved most of the things I wanted to achieve, maybe I won’t have a miraculous return to tennis like I always had, it’s very difficult for me to play, especially on a day-to-day basis, beyond sport.

“With this injury I always said I wouldn’t give up, the farewell had to be on a court and not in a conference.

“Today if I’m honest I have to give this message, I can’t say I’m going for a miracle because it’s not true, I know the ability I have with tennis but I also know the limitations with my physique, we’ll see later.”

Del Porto is set to play fellow Argentine Federico Delbonis in the opening round of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires on February 8.