World no. 12, Juan Martin Del Potro will undergo knee surgery as he re-fractured his right kneecap after slipping at the Fiver-Tree Championships at the Queen’s Club in London.
Juan Martin Del Potro announced on Thursday that he will undergo knee surgery to recover from a fracture at the knee cap. The Argentine, therefore, has withdrawn from the ongoing Queen’s Club Championships, giving Feliciano Lopez a walkover into the quarterfinals of the event.
A picture of Juan Martin Del Potro with crutches was posted on Twitter with an official statement by his communication manager, Jorge Viale. The statement read, “The medical studies done last night in a clinic in London shows that Juan Martin Del Potro has suffered again a fracture in the right patella.”
He further continued, “After consultation with his doctor, Angel Cotorro, it has been determined that it will require surgery. This will take place in the next couple of days with a date and location to be determined. We will keep you informed.”
Juan Martin Del Potro defeated the Canadian star, Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Fiver-Tree Championships 2019 on Monday. The ‘Tower of Tandil’ slipped on the grass midway through the second set during his match against the 20-year-old.
Juan Martin Del Potro was seen struggling and limping during the end of the second set but he continued to play the match and win the set 6-4.
However, the 30-year-old later pulled out of his doubles match partnering with his compatriot, Horacio Zeballos against the team of John Peers and Henri Kontinen.
Juan Martin Del Potro will also miss the Wimbledon Championships 2019, which is scheduled to start from July 1 following his second fracture in the last nine months in the patella in his right knee.
The Argentine might pull out of the US Open 2019 as it would be difficult for him to recover from the surgery. He was the finalist of the 2018 US Open, falling short of Novak Djokovic in the finals.