WATCH: Juan Martin del Potro Hints at US Open 2021 Return With Increased Training Intensity

Published 08/18/2021, 1:01 AM 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)


Since his withdrawal from Queen’s Championships R2 in June 2019, Juan Martin del Potro has not returned to the Tour. However, after three operations on his right knee, he is finally training on the tennis court again.

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Previously, the 32-year-old Argentine shared a few training videos with and without a knee cap. But now, Del Potro, who is taking his sessions a step further, showed off his backhand skills on the court.

On his Instagram story, del Potro shared a glimpse of his most recent training session. From the looks of his control, the day of his return does not seem far away.

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What has happened to Juan Martin del Potro?

The 2009 US Open champion, Juan Martin del Potro, has had a career full of injuries. Although he still has one of the best forehands in the sport, injuries have cut his time on the tennis court short.

At the Queen’s Championships 2019 R1, the Argentine professional had suffered a scary fall on his right knee near the net. Following that, he won that match against Denis Shapovalov, but later on, withdrew from the event.

He underwent operations in June 2019, January, and August 2020. Afterward, del Potro showed positive signs as he slowly began to train on courts.

So far, the Argentine has won 22 ATP titles, including the American Grand Slam. Overall, he has accumulated 439 ATP Tour-level match wins against 173 losses.

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)

Considering the recent training video, del Potro is working full-fledged on his return to the ATP Tour. However, coming back after over two years will present its unique challenges.

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When can del Potro return to the Tour?

While he aimed to come back in 2021, further complications on his knee pushed his return date. However, del Potro would not want to delay his return any further.

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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)

Therefore, the Argentine might go for the upcoming US Open 2021, but would more practically keep the Australian Open 2022 as a potential return date.

To sum up, tennis fans could see del Potro around at the start of the next season. Until then, the training sessions are all to enjoy.

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Purav Joshi

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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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