“Boy With Most Bad Luck”: Rafael Nadal’s Uncle Toni Sympathizes With Juan Martin del Potro

Published 10/06/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina reacts after winning a game during his men’s Singles finals match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Fourteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Juan Martin Del Potro has been on the ATP tour for many years now. The Argentinian came under the spotlight after his heroics at US Open 2009. After having an amazing season, Del Potro entered the US Open. He emphatically reached the semi-finals of the competition, where he met the World No. 3 Rafael Nadal. Del Potro completely surprised the Spaniard and booked his place in the finals of the US Open.

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After winning the French Open and the Wimbledon in 2009, Roger Federer was a complete favorite to win the US Open as well. However, Juan Del Potro achieved a staggering victory in an epic five-set final at the US Open 2009 and registered his first Grand Slam title.

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Toni Nadal thinks Juan Del Potro is the worst lucky boy in tennis

Rafael Nadal’s uncle, Toni Nadal, never backs down from answering any question. He always has his opinions on various tennis subjects. Recently, in a podcast with the Tres Iguales podcast, Uncle Nadal gave his perspectives about Juan Del Potro.

He said, “He had everything to succeed. I think he would have achieved enormous successes, fighting face to face with the Big 3 and with Murray. His shots are tremendous, he is very consistent, and he had a magnificent mental predisposition to compete.”

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Moreover, he quoted, “He has been the boy who most he has had bad luck in tennis because he has been playing with problems for many years. Everything he has achieved has enormous merit because it is very difficult to compete when he is not quite well physically.”

Toni Nadal believes despite having the potential, Juan Martin del Potro hasn’t been able to achieve the success he should have.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Silver medalist Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina waves during the medal ceremony for the men’s singles on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Tennis Centre on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Juan Del Potro played his last professional match at Queen’s championship club 2019. The number three seed Juan Del Potro beat Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in the round of 32.

Unfortunately, the Argentinian was forced to retire in the round of 16 due to injury concerns. Since then, he has undergone four right knee surgeries in June 2019, January 2020, August 2020, and March 2021. However, in August 2021, Del Potro confirmed that he’s feeling better and hopes to be back on the court soon.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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