VIDEO: An Emotional Juan Martin Del Potro Weeps Into the Towel as He Plays His Final ATP Tour Match in Buenos Aires

Published 02/08/2022, 8:21 PM EST

It was an emotional evening in Buenos Aires when fans gathered to witness their champion Juan Martin del Potro live for possibly the last time. del Potro faced compatriot Federico Delbonis in the first round of the Argentina Open.

After his press conference where he revealed that he will most likely retire from tennis post the South American swing, fans wanted to pay tribute to the Tower of Tandil and thronged the stadium in full numbers for this match. They clapped him and rooted for him all along but the Argentinian couldn’t put his best foot forward as he lost in straight sets.

Juan Martin del Potro tears up on-court during final moments of his match against Federico Delbonis

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In a way, it was del Potro‘s night to savor as he left the court amidst roars of applause and a standing ovation. This could very well be his last international match but there is no confirmation as of now. The Argentinian was mostly enjoying the match as he was loving the atmosphere and the encouragement from fans.

Just when the match neared its end, del Potro got emotional as he cried into his towel. He was serving to stay in the match at 3-5 in the second. The 2009 US Open champion lost the game eventually and left the court with fans chanting his name as loudly as they possibly could.

The crowd came to del Potro’s rescue as the cheers became even louder when he was getting emotional. However, a positive thing to note here is the fact that the Argentinian would be ending his career on a tennis court rather than in a press conference, which is something he mentioned ahead of the event.

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)

Post the match, del Potro confirmed that it will be his final match on the ATP tour to the reporters.

I hoped this moment would not come. My health leads me to have to make a decision. In these two and a half I have been struggling too much. And maybe I don’t have the strength that everyone thinks I have.”

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Later, he went on to reveal that it was his last match on-court.

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In a phenomenal career with a lot of ups and downs, Juan Martin del Potro will always be remembered for his sheer dominance once he is in full flow and his desire to play the sport amidst health adversities.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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