“Can’t Close Out My Story Yet”: Juan Martin Del Potro Eyeing Comeback at 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Published 03/11/2021, 2:29 AM EST
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)


Juan Martin del Potro last played at the 2019 Queen’s Championships. Since then, Del Potro has undergone three knee surgeries which have kept him out of action.

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For the most part of the last decade, Del Potro has suffered from lingering wrist injuries that have hampered his career. Despite the hardships, he is aiming to make a comeback at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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)

Juan Martin del Potro targeting a comeback

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Originally scheduled last year, the Tokyo Olympics had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Argentine has a fabulous record at the Olympics, having won a bronze medal in London in 2012 and silver in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Recently, during an interview, the 2009 US Open champion talked about the Olympic games being a huge motivating factor for him. However, the tennis star admitted his knee hasn’t recovered fully, but he doesn’t want to end his career yet.

“I think this is my year. The Olympic Games are pulling me along, that is the motivation that I have. The knee is giving me a lot of headaches, I can’t close out my story yet. I feel like I have more to give and so I’ll keep trying,” said Del Potro.

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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)

The former World No. 3 confessed that the journey over the last two years was full of ups and downs. Despite undergoing treatment, there are days when Del Potro still feels he is far from making a return.

But having made a successful comeback on the tour in the past, Del Potro vowed to keep fighting in the face of adversity. “Sometimes I am animated (for a return) and other times it’s hard to envisage but I feel there is something inside me and so I keep fighting,” he said.

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Recently, at an event in Buenos Aires, Del Porto was even honored as the best Argentine player for the last decade!

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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