“He Empowers the Other Argentines”: Diego Schwartzman Details Relationship With Juan Martin del Potro

Published 03/02/2021, 10:48 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 6, 2021 Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in action during his group stage match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Argentina has been less fortunate in terms of tennis as compared to soccer. However, they have produced two unrivaled gems, Juan Martin del Potro and Diego Schwartzman.

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Inarguably, the 32-year-old Juan had collected an extensive following during the peak time of the Roger Federer – Rafael Nadal era. It was his matchless forehand that worked wonders for him.

But as the world knows, persistent injuries cast a dark shadow on Delpo throughout his career. Since injuring his kneecap at Queens in 2019, the 2009 US Open champion has been out of the tennis circuit.

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Meanwhile, Schwartzman has surged up in the tennis echelon after 2018. Last year, he achieved his best result in Grand Slams by reaching the French Open semi-finals.

Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 6, 2021, Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman celebrates after winning his group stage match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Presently, Schwartzman is at home playing for the Argentine Open title. He will next face Lukas Klein to reach the last eight in his hometown of Buenos Aires.

Coming back home reminded Diego Schwartzman of his roots. Therefore, he also opened up on his bond with the former World No. 3, Juan Martin del Potro.

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Diego Schwartzman says he is missing del Potro on the circuit

Delpo had been confident of making his comeback in the 2021 season, but he lost his father before that. Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who is great friends with him, also offered his condolences.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina embrace following their Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2018, in London, England. Nadal won the match 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 in 4hr 47min. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Even Schwartzman called him to give him strength in such hard times. Moreover, the 2020 French Open semifinalist confessed that they talk regularly. “With Juan, we have a very good relationship, we talk often. I contacted him when his father happened,” Diego said.

(All quotes are translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate)

Without a doubt, Delpo has made a valuable contribution to the sport. In addition to that, he has been one of the warmest people on the tennis tour. Thus, it is impossible to fill the void he has created.

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“He is missed on the circuit; he empowers the other Argentines. When I started to climb the ranking, Juan was injured, a shame,” Schwartzman added.

Understandably, the young Argentine would have enjoyed the tour all the more had Juan been along on the road with him, as it would have been a learning experience for Schwartzman.

Hopefully, the master forehander Martin del Potro will come back to tennis this year. That will surely make the 2021 season truly special.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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