GOOD NEWS! Juan Martin del Potro Back On the Practice Courts

Published 07/16/2021, 4:50 AM EDT
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina returns the ball during his men’s singles fourth round match against Borna Coric of Croatia on Day Seven 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)


When we think of big hitters in tennis, we can narrow the list down to few men in particular. Among all of them, the most recurrent name on the list would probably be that of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. Serving the sport for over a decade, del Potro has been a part of some of the most entertaining matches in the 2010s.

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Decorated del Potro career marred by injuries

The former World No.3 was once the most feared opponent for anyone on tour. With a blistering forehand and an almost unreadable serve, del Potro was a nightmare. The Argentine reached at least the quarterfinal stage at all 4 Slams, and won the US Open in 2009. Along with this, del Potro also won bronze and silver medals in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games respectively. In a career spanning over 15 years, injuries proved to be a chink in the armor for the powerhouse.

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The Argentinian suffered multiple injuries over the years, primarily to the wrists and knees. The string of issues began right from 2008, and never seemed to take a back seat. Year after year, the 2018 US Open runner-up would impress one and all, before staying out of tour due to injury. In the 2019 Queen’s Club tournament, del Potro had a potentially career-ending fracture of the kneecap, which took him out of action for over two years.

Positive signs as Juan Martin del Potro seen training

After undergoing multiple knee surgeries from 2019-2021, del Potro was seen hitting some balls this past week. The ‘Tower of Tandil’ returned to court for a relaxed session, and hasn’t set a return date as of now. del Potro was hitting at the Club Atletico Comercio, following which he went into his locker room for some general body movement exercises. The Argentine will not be returning anytime soon; but the signs are encouraging.

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Who would not want to see an in-form Juan Martin del Potro back on the circuit? Provided everything goes to plan, del Potro should be fully back on tour next season. The Argentine is surely at the back-end of his priceless tennis journey; but if he can remain healthy and fit, a couple of bombastic campaigns are on the way!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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