Juan Martin del Potro eyes return at ‘most special tournament’
Juan Martin del Potro has confirmed that he is still open to a return, with the Argentine revealing that he has left the ‘window open’ for a ‘special tournament’.
Del Potro last featured on the ATP tour in February 2022, when he played in front of an electric home crowd in Buenos Aires, in a defeat to Federico Delbonis.
At the time it seemed that the player known to many as the ‘gentle giant’ was saying a farewell to the sport, with the 34-year-old admitting that even training was too painful for him, after struggling with various knee and wrist issues.
However, Del Potro has since declared that he has not ruled out a return and thinks that he still has time to make a last hurrah.
“I still have time, I will start training, see how my leg and knee react and if I can do it or not,” said Del Potro. “I love tennis, it will never be a problem to pick up a racquet and see how I feel.”
Del Potro specified that he would like to return at the ‘special’ US Open, which is the only Grand Slam title that the Argentine has won.
“The physical problem and my knee are things I work on every day. I’m going to leave that window open, at least until the US Open, as I said. This is the most special tournament for me,” claimed Del Potro.
The former No.3 lifted the US Open title back in 2009, as a 20-year-old, after beating Roger Federer in a five-set thriller.
Juan Martin del Potro is the 2009 US Open champion! #USOpenClassics @delpotrojuan pic.twitter.com/IEp3BuRv8h
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) May 23, 2020
Del Potro’s triumph in New York was one of his 22-career titles, with the last coming in another victory over Federer at Indian Wells in 2018.
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