“Would Hurt Me More Not to Try”: Juan Martin del Potro Hopes for a Solid Comeback After Wimbledon and Olympics Withdrawal

Published 06/25/2021, 1:27 PM 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)


When a 21-year old tennis player stunned Roger Federer to clinch the 2009 US Open title, expectations were riding high on the young Argentinian to become the next big thing in tennis. But, consistent injuries decimated the career of Juan Martin del Potro, who has one of the best forehands on the ATP tour till date.

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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)

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The Argentinian, who had a surgery to his right-knee three months ago, there was a strong hope that he will be back to compete by Wimbledon or by the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

But, recovery is always a tough process as players like Andy Murray and Roger Federer are still trying to cope up with the challenges that come with being off tour and then back to competing at the highest level.

INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 18: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina is congratulated by Roger Federer of Switzerland after their match during the men’s final on Day 14 of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 18, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Coming to del Potro, he expressed his desire to participate in Tokyo Olympics and trained harder to meet the goal. But, a couple of days ago, his team informed that the Argentinian wasn’t fit enough to participate both at SW19 and also at Olympics.

Fans weren’t surprised by the move as del Potro’s career has been a roller-coaster ride ever since he sprung up on the big stage. While there were memorable victories against the likes of Federer, Djokovic, Murray, etc., there were a lot of unexpected injuries that disturbed del Potro’s momentum.

Juan Martin del Potro is back to practice after Wimbledon and Olympics Withdrawal

However, the Argentinian is always hopeful of a strong comeback to the ATP tour. Days after announcing his withdrawal from Olympics and Wimbledon, del Potro shared a message to his fans informing his burning desire to stage a comeback.

It is frustrating and painful not to achieve the objectives, but it would hurt me much more not to try, that’s why I am here once again”, the Argentinian tweeted.

In a clip shared on Instagram, del Porto was seen hitting a few balls on hard courts. If his recovery goes according to the plan, the ‘tower of tandil’ could be seen on the US hard-court season.

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The Argentinian has a great record on hard-courts when compared to grass and clay. It’s clear that del Potro wants to compete at the highest level and give a proper finish to his tennis career.

In the final leg of his professional career, the Argentinian tennis star deserves an injury-free run in order to win as many matches as he can.

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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