Argentina’s number one tennis player Juan Martin del Potro has been having a tough time since he injured his knee at Queens’ Championship 2019. Post that he went to Spain to undergo a ‘career-threatening’ knee surgery. With the elongated recuperation period, Del Potro failed to feature on the ATP circuit in the second half of 2019. With his knee pain persisting in the year 2020 the Argentine has reportedly to pulled out from Australian Open 2020.
Luego de pasar Año Nuevo en Tandil, @delpotrojuan no jugará Australia. Lamentablemente continúan los dolores en su rodilla, a más de seis meses de su operación, y son más las dudas que las certezas.
— Bernardo Paredes (@bernoparedes) January 2, 2020
According to the reports, Del Potro is still feeling pain in his right knee and working on his recuperation. His tournament schedule for 2020 will be soon updated.
However, there hasn’t been any official confirmation of his withdrawal from the first Slam of the year. A few weeks ago, the two-time Aussie Open quarterfinalist Del Potro announced the ‘application of protected rankings’ for Melbourne major 2020. With unfortunate circumstances bouncing upon his career, participation in Melbourne does not seem tentative.
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Multiple withdrawals in 2019
In 2019, Del Potro announced his appearance at Intrum Stockholm Open in Sweden and the Erste Bank Open 500 in Austria. However, he couldn’t feature at both the events pertaining to his knee complications.
Also, the Argentine was scheduled to play an exhibition match against the Swiss legend, Roger Federer in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but Del Potro wasn’t fully fit to play a match due to the rehabilitation of his knee surgery.
How serious was Juan Martin Del Potro’s knee surgery?
At the Queen’s Club Championships 2019 it was stated that it was the last triumph for Del Potro on the ATP circuit and he wouldn’t be able to step on the professional tennis court again. “I cannot say anything more than that. I don’t know what will happen next,” Del Potro stated before undergoing knee surgery in Spain (in June 2019).
By good fortunes, the Argentine recovered from the pain and agony of the ‘career-threatening’ knee surgery and was training to his fullest on the practice courts.
‘Tower of Tandil’, Juan Martin Del Potro dealt with numerous injuries throughout his tennis career. Despite being plagued with injuries, he played some competitive matches in 2019. His quarterfinal match against Novak Djokovic in Rome was phenomenal where he failed to convert the match points against the Serb.