Former world No.3, Juan Martin Del Potro fractured his kneecap for the second time in less than a year in the first round of the Queen’s Club Championship against Denis Shapovalov in June. The Argentine underwent successful surgery in order to repair his fractured kneecap in June. However, he has not been able to compete since then.
Juan Martin Del Potro is still recovering from the surgery and is set to miss the US Open 2019, which is scheduled to start from the last week of August. On Tuesday, The United States Tennis Association announced that the 2009 US Open champion and defending runner-up will not be able to participate in the tournament this year as he continues his recovery.
Juan Martin Del Potro has a 35-9 win-loss record in New York. In a bid for his second Grand Slam title at the Flushing Meadows, Del Potro reached the finals before losing to the eventual champion, Novak Djokovic in 2018.
Juan Martin Del Potro will be replaced by the American, Denis Kudla – who was initially announced as a wild card into the main draw of the US Open. The wild card granted to Denis Kudla will be reallocated to Christopher Eubanks.
The Tower of Tandil is ranked No.12 in the ATP rankings. He returned to the top 10 in the rankings in January last year for the first time in three years. The 30-year-old claimed 47 wins in the 2018 season.
He also captured multiple titles last year including the first ATP Masters 1000 title of his career at the Indian Wells. It was for the first time since 2013 that the Argentine claimed numerous titles in a season.
However, Juan Martin Del Potro’s injury lingered in the 2019 season. He was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open 2019. Del Potro made a comeback at the Delray Beach Open, however, he was unable to defend his title at Acapulco and Indian Wells, eventually withdrawing from both the tournaments as he was still recovering from the injury.
The Argentine once again injured his knee in his first grass-court match in June and hasn’t played a match since then.