Juan Martin del Potro issues huge injury update following surprise US Open visit
Juan Martin del Potro has issued a huge injury update after he made a surprise appearance at the US Open.
The 2009 champion is a massively popular figure in all of tennis, but especially at the tournament that made his name.
He has endured a wretched time with injuries in his career, and has had to undergo four knee surgeries since he last played in 2019.
He has steadfastly refused to give up, though, and he finally had some positive news for his fans on the fitness front.
“I love the challenge,” Del Potro told ESPN of his injury struggles. “It could be a tennis challenge or a different challenge in life.
“This is the toughest match of my career, because I cannot deal with these kind of injuries, this pain that I have now. But I’m still trying and trying.
“This is the life. I believe in myself that this is going to be in the past for sure.
“But I think it’s also a message to the young kids, to all the players, to all the people around the world that they never have to give up following a dream and that’s what I’m doing with myself.”
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“The knee is much better for now. I’m still recovering, but I’m on court, which is a good thing for me.
“I’m looking forward to being ready in a couple of months. If everything goes well, next season will be fine to start.
“When I was watching Medvedev’s match, it was a little bit frustrating to me to watch these guys play and [have] me [be on the] outside… to not be the guy who’s playing, fighting for the trophy.
“This is what’s happened to me at the moment, but I’m going to fight to keep moving and hopefully, next year, I can be a protagonist again and playing tennis.”
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