WATCH: Juan Martin del Potro Sparks US Open 2021 Return With Intense Training Session

Published 07/21/2021, 2:36 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)


Former World No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro is one of the unfortunate players whose injuries plagued his entire career. However, the Argentine has never been the one to go out without a fight. And given his recent training video, he might finally be returning on the Tour for the US Open 2021.

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Notably, the last time del Potro played a competitive match was the first-round match against Denis Shapovalov in Queen’s Club in 2019. In that match, he suffered a career-threatening injury on his kneecap and has not returned. Consequently, the 32-year-old also withdrew from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

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)

Since then, the Argentine has undergone surgeries four times and is consistently working on his recovery. He has even stated more than once how much he aches to be back on the Tour.

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Juan Martin del Potro hits the court for a potential US Open 2021 return

With arguably the best forehand in tennis, del Potro would give it his all to spend his last tennis years on the court. Although the movement is still very stiff from him, the shot completion is right on.

During the video of the drill, the Argentine is hitting clean groundstrokes from both sides. To put it mildly, the forehand, the backhand, and the forehand-backhand combo are spectacular.

Furthermore, there is no doubt that Delpo must be missing going to the Tokyo Olympics to represent his nation. In the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics, he bagged the bronze and silver medals, respectively. Thus, a gold medal was in line as per the sequence.

Instead, del Potro will have to watch the Games unfold much like the fans from around the world – on a television. 

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What to expect from del Potro at US Open 2021

Although it is still unclear how much del Potro has recovered, the US Open 2021 in August-end might be on his goal list. However, he also needs match time before he competes with the young crop of men on the Tour.

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)

Once upon a time, Juan Martin del Potro defeated Roger Federer in the 2009 US Open final. With that, he also ended the Swiss maestro’s streak of five consecutive titles in Flushing Meadows. Hence, the court in New York would indeed be the most special to him.

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Hopefully, the training will only improve for him from here on, and fans might see del Potro competing for a title soon.

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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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