“He’s Been Training Hard”: Juan Martin Del Potro’s Surgeon Reveals Comeback Plan for the Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 05/06/2021, 2:27 PM 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)

Former world number three and winner of the 2009 US Open title, Juan Martin del Potro has struggled with injuries more than any other player over the past decade. But the Argentinian always bounces back and proves his mettle by producing remarkable tennis on-court.

In fact, del Potro’s return to competitive tennis is one of the most awaited moments of this year. Every tennis enthusiast wants to see the ‘Tower of Tandil’ back on-court and rip off the opponents with his monstrous forehand. 

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)

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Juan Martin del Potro has a slew of injuries that destroyed his career

Having fractured his knee cap during the Queen’s Club Championship a couple of years ago, del Potro had undergone surgery for the knee on March 23rd this year. It was his fourth surgery to the knee and an eighth surgery overall. 

While rehabilitation after surgery takes time, it was reported that del Potro’s body responded well to the operation, and the Argentinian even started hitting balls on a green-clay court wearing a splint to his knee. 

However, the big question remains: When will Juan Martin del Potro make his comeback?

Well, the tower of Tandil confessed to his near and dear ones that he plans to stage a comeback at the Olympics this year, even if he is just 50% fit for the mega event.

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina celebrates match point after his First Round Singles Match against Denis Shapovalov of Canada during day Three of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Jorge Chahla, the orthopedic surgeon who performed del Potro’s recent knee surgery, talked about his rehabilitation process and his imminent desire to bounce back on the ATP tour. 

“In my first contact with Del Potro last year, I saw a guy who is an example of resilience, who overcomes everything presented to him. It is very difficult to become the number 3 in the world without these characteristics; someone loose-headed couldn’t be,” Jorge Chahla said. 

“I’m very confident he is going to be able to make it,” feels del Potro’s surgeon

The knee injury that del Potro suffered during the 2019 Queen’s championship was rare among tennis players, according to Jorge Chahla. 

It is an injury that is most common in car accidents or in other sports such as basketball, football or rugby. In tennis it’s unusual,” continued the surgeon. 

Chahla also mentioned the expectations around his comeback, as he strongly believes that it’s a recoverable injury. 


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“I have no doubt that Juan Martin is going to put everything of himself back. I’m very confident he’s going to be able to make it. Clinically it has been progressing and evolving better than a normal patient. He’s been training hard with the physical therapist, so does he in the gym alone, with good nutrition and discipline,” the surgeon concluded. 


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Finally, it’s a piece of heartening news for fans across the globe to see Juan Martin del Potro back in action on a tennis court. The tower of Tandil is currently training in Miami with a physiotherapist and will visit Jorge Chahla in mid-June to review the status of his knee.  


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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.