Juan Martin del Potro to attempt another comeback ahead of ‘special tournament’?

Shahida Jacobs
Juan Martin del Potro celebrates

Juan Martin del Potro has already had several comebacks in his career and hopes to pull off another one this year as the Argentine has revealed that he is “leaving that window open”.

After picking up yet another serious knee injury at Queen’s Club in 2019, Del Potro underwent four operations on his right knee in an attempt to save his tennis career.

He eventually returned at the Argentina Open last year as he accepted a wildcard entry, but after losing in straight sets against compatriot Federico Delbonis, he admitted that the match was “maybe more of a farewell than a comeback”.

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There were various tributes to the “Gentle Giant” with many assuming that he had played his final match as a professional tennis player.

However, the Argentine has not given up hope of playing again as he admitted he dreams of playing at this year’s US Open – a tournament he won in 2009.

“I love tennis, it will never be a problem to pick up a racket and see how I feel,” he told Danny Miche, as quoted by We Love Tennis.

“The physical issue and my knee are things I work on every day. I’m going to leave that window open, at least until the US Open like I said. It’s the most special tournament for me.

“I still have time, I will start training, see how my leg and knee react and if I can do it or not.”

Del Potro won 22 singles titles, reached a career-high No 3 in the ATP Rankings and was a match for any player – including the Big Three of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – in his heyday.

Juan Martin Del Potro’s Injury Nightmare

However, injuries ruined his hopes of achieving more in the sport as he suffered various wrist and knee injuries that required career-saving surgeries.

He missed nine months of action in 2010 after undergoing an operation on his wrist and four years later he required another wrist surgery, this time he was forced to miss another two years on the ATP Tour.

After making a comeback and returning to the top by reaching a second US Open final in 2018, his injury woes returned again October that year as he injured his knee.

He then made a return in February 2019 only to fracture his knee cap at Queen’s Club with the injury keeping him sidelined until February 2022 when he played at the Argentina Open.

But after another year on the sidelines, the 34-year-old is ready to restart his career yet again.

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