Del Potro forced to skip Asian swing
Originally published on 12/09/14
The Argentine, who underwent surgery to his left wrist in March, has been forced to withdraw from the Malaysian Open, Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships and Shanghai Rolex Masters.
“I would like to take this opportunity to tell you, my fans, that although the recovery of the wrist is progressing very well, I need a little more time to reach the competitive level necessary to compete week after week,” Del Potro told fans on facebook.
“I worked hard to be ready to make my comeback in Asia – where I had great results last year – but unfortunately it will not be possible.
"I'm going to miss my fans in Malaysia, Tokyo and Shanghai who always give me tremendous support. I will keep working hard on my recovery to play the European season at the end of the year. As always, thanks for your messages.”
Del Potro, who won the title in Tokyo last year and finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic in Shanghai, is set to slip further down the rankings, having reached as high as No.4 in February, he has dropped out of the top 10 to No.14.
The former US Open champion, whose last appearance was at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February, will hope to be fit in time to defend his Swiss Indoors title in Basel ahead of the final tournament of the season, the Paris Masters.