Recovering Juan Martin del Potro Set to Mark His Presence at US Open 2021

Published 08/31/2021, 1:00 PM 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)


Former Grand Slam champion Juan Martin del Potro has been out of action for a long time now. There is no doubt that the tour misses his power and flair on the court. In spite of suffering a string of injuries, del Potro has refused to give up. He continues his recovery process, and will even be in New York during the US Open.

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Juan Martin del Potro to practice with John McEnroe

Though not officially, del Potro will be at Flushing Meadows to further his recovery process. He will hit the practice courts to get a good feel of the atmosphere again. The Argentine has the desire to play at the highest level again, and what better way to begin the uphill rise than at the tournament he has conquered before.

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Though Juan Martin del Potro is not in a position to compete yet, he will have a practice session. The former World No.3 will take to the auxiliary courts of the Billie Jean King national center. His hitting partner is confirmed to be legendary American John McEnroe. The duo know each other well, and it will be an exciting session. If all goes to plan, the Argentine may return as early as the first months of 2022.

What happened to del Potro?

LONDON, ENGLAND: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina looks on during 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)

The 2009 US Open winner has been no stranger to injuries over the course of his career. In March 2021, del Potro underwent surgery on his right knee. It was a prolonged discomfort that forced him into the decision. Late in May, he returned to the practice courts, hoping to make a return. Though he had set the Tokyo Olympics as his original target, this was in no way possible. The ace server postponed his comeback, and continues his road to recovery.

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The knee surgery was del Potro’s 8th one since his sole major victory. He has not competed since June 2019, and fans are desperate to see him back. The 32-year-old apparently has minor pain in his knee, and will hope that the practice at Flushing Meadows does him a world of good.

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Responding to the Argentine’s invite, McEnroe reportedly accepted immediately. It will be a brilliant couple of hours for both men. For Juan Martin del Potro, it will be an exuberant session for his comeback. For McEnroe, it ought to be a breath of fresh air. As for the fans, it shall be a treat for the eyes, watching two greats back on court!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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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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