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Juan Martin del Potro reveals date for long-awaited return from injury

Juan Martin del Potro has outlined his plans for a return after a two year absence, saying it would be “very special to come back in Buenos Aires.”

2009 US Open champion del Potro’s career has been heavily blighted by injury, with the Argentinian being forced into multiple lengthy spells on the side-lines.

Del Potro beat both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer en route to his US Open victory. With injuries halting such a promising career, 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal called del Potro “the unluckiest man in tennis” in October.

The Argentinian has not featured competitively since Summer 2019 when he fractured his knee at the Queen’s Club Championships in London.

Del Potro has undergone multiple surgeries in his career for both wrist and knee injuries. He has required surgery on his knee on four separate occasions, with the latest operation coming in March.

The former World number four had hoped to recover and represent Argentina at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics, although these plans never materialised and he is now looking to make a return in his homeland in February.

The South American swing starts with the Argentina Open which takes place in Buenos Aires from February 5th to February 13th. It is then followed by the Rio Open in Brazil which is held between February 12th and February 20th.

Del Potro has been training since late November and in an Instagram post said “I’ve been training really hard, some days are better than others but always with the hope of coming back to compete early next year.

“It would be very special to come back in Buenos Aires and then play in Rio. As you can imagine, I’m giving my all every day so we can meet again very soon. I’ll keep you all updated with my progress. Take care.”


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