Juan Martin del Potro Celebrates Max Verstappen’s Gigantic Victory at Canadian GP

Published 06/20/2022, 9:45 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 announced his retirement from the game after a glorious career. However, due to numerous injuries, the Argentine could never fully fulfill his potential. The former US Open winner has kept an eye on other sports around the world since leaving tennis.

Del Potro was even present at Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix in May getting a closer look at current Championship leaders – Red Bull Racing. Additionally, he even met with Mexican drivers Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.

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Juan Martin del Potro congratulates champion Verstappen

The former World No. 3 has become a fan of the sport keeping a tab on different races around the world during the season. After Verstappen’s narrow win in Canada, del Potro shared a photo of the Dutchman winning his 6th race of the 2022 season.

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With the win, Verstappen extends his lead at the top of the Drivers’ standings over rival Charles Leclerc and teammate Sergio Perez. The defending champion started on the pole but was given a tough fight by Ferrari’s other driver – Carlos Sainz.

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However, Verstappen was able to keep his cool at the end of the race to notch up the 26th win in his career. The racing calendar now moves to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix on July 3rd.

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Del Potro: A legend of the game

The Argentinian made his main-court debut in 2006, entering the Tour as a young teenager. Since then, he became a fan favorite with his hard-hitting style and calm persona on the court. del Potro won his maiden Grand Slam title in 2009 upsetting Roger Federer at the US Open final.

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)

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He has also won 12 ATP singles titles, while also winning the Silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In the process, he reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world. The Argentinian unfortunately suffered injuries to his wrist and knee keeping him out of the Tour for long periods. Finally, in March 2022, he decided to walk away from the sport at the age of 33.

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Mario Fernandes

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Mario Fernandes is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his graduation in Mathematics, followed by a Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism. Mario has been a sportsman and a sports fan from a very young age and has represented his school and college in sports like soccer, tennis, and cricket at the district level.

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