Juan Martin Del Potro Opens Up On Personal Loss

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Juan Martin del Potro

The reigning champion of the Indian Wells tournament, Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the American desert contest due to his right knee injury. Last year, he played an exhilarating match against Roger Federer in the final and then lifted up the Indian Wells crown. Before his retirement from the American Masters, the Argentine decided to not to participate in the Mexican Open for the same reason. 

Juan Martin del Potro
Indian Wells 2018 champion, Juan Martin del Potro

During the matches in New York, the World Number five, Juan Martin del Potro was optimistic regarding his tennis and was excited to be back on the men’s tour. A lot of motivation was involved for the Argentine to step back on the professional courts, and the nearly two-meter tall player credits his team, friends and family to support him during the difficult phase of his life.

He was distressed regarding his non-participation at the premiere event of the American Double Sunshine, “I am truly disappointed that I will not be able to return to the BNP Paribas Open to defend my title,” said Juan Martin del Potro. “It is one of my favourite tournaments, and I have incredible memories from last year, but my doctors have advised me to rest. I hope to be back on the court soon.”

Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro

On top of his professional torments, unfortunately, the Argentine tennis player happens to lose his grandmother. She seems to hold an exceptional spot in Del Potro’s heart and plays a significant role in his life. The Argentine champion disclosed a touching message with a picture where he held the hands of his “abuela”. 

“When you had little strength left, when your desire was to rest in Peace,” Del Potro posted on Instagram. “When you could no longer bear suffering, and so many other painful things, you were able to shake my hand and give me the last moment of love that was recorded in this photo and will remain always in my heart. It was not necessary, but nevertheless, you did it once more, leaving your strength and love for your family and grandchildren forever. I love you grandma. Forever!”