‘Tower of Tandil’, Juan Martin del Potro has announced his return to the ATP circuit. The Argentine will be featuring at Intrum Stockholm Open in Sweden and the Erste Bank Open 500 in Austria. The tournaments will be held in the third and the fourth week of October.
“I’m very happy to tell you that I’ll play in Stockholm and Vienna in October. These two tournaments are very special to me, as I had the chance to win both of them. See you there!” the graceful face of Argentine tennis announced it on Twitter.
Welcome back Juan! We are really exited that former Grand Slam Champion and two-time SO winner Juan Martin del Potro is playing Intrum Stockholm Open. pic.twitter.com/NHUaXBqBkV
— Stockholm Open (@sthlm_open) August 30, 2019
The 30-year-old, Juan Martin del Potro was the champion at the Swedish tournament for two consecutive times. He defeated Jack Sock and Grigor Dimitrov in the finals of the Stockholm Open in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
In this decade, Del Potro and Tomas Berdych are the only two ATP men who have defended their Stockholm titles. In 2018, World Number eight, Stefanos Tsitsipas was the Stockholm champion.
In the month of June this year, upon his victory over Denis Shapovalov at Queen’s Club Championships 2019, Juan Martin del Potro was hit with a knee injury in England. Following that, he underwent a career-threatening surgery in Spain, but now, with appropriate recuperation, Del Potro is set to make his comeback on the ATP Tour.
Last year, he lifted up the Indian Wells title after defeating the defending champion, Roger Federer in the title match. He reached the finals at US Open 2018 by dropping just a set against John Isner in the quarters. Del Potro also reached the finals at China Open 2018. However, his next tournament in the Chinese metropolis, Shanghai turned out to be a nightmare.
At Rolex Shanghai Masters 2018, the Argentine retired from his match against the Croatian, Borna Coric since he fractured his right kneecap during his match in Shanghai and consequently called off his tennis season 2018.
This year has been a melancholic tennis season for the 2009 US Open Champion, Del Potro. He just played seven matches before the French Open 2019, and in Paris, Del Potro displayed some phenomenal tennis and later got himself injured in the very next tournament.
Also, during the Rome Masters 2019, he encountered two match points against the World Number one, Novak Djokovic, but the Serb outplayed Del Potro in their quarterfinal clash in Italy. Despite being the reigning finalist at US Open 2019, due to his on-going recovery, Del Potro couldn’t step on to the Flushing Meadows terrain this year.