“Want to Play Tennis Again”: Juan Martin Del Potro Suffers Another Complication in His Knee

Published 03/22/2021, 5:42 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina looks on during 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 Argentine skyscraper Juan Martin del Potro is facing a rough time. He hasn’t played since June 2019 due to his right knee problems. To make matters worse, the ATP champ recently lost his father.

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Since his knee isn’t fully fit for playing tennis, the 2009 US Open champion will undergo his fourth consecutive right knee surgery in Chicago, Illinois.

“Hey there! I wanted to say hello and tell you I’m currently in Chicago. I’ve been consulting Dr. Jorge Chahla and the news is that tomorrow I’ll undergo another surgery on my knee,” Juan Martin del Potro posted on Instagram.

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The 2016 Rio Olympics silver-medalist genuinely wants to play the Tokyo Games this year and is determined to clinch a medal for his nation.

“We’ve tried conservative therapy but the pain is still there. He knows I want to play tennis again and be able to play the Olympics, so we agreed that surgery should be done as soon as possible,” he added.

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)

“I won’t stop trying”: Juan Martin del Potro determined to bounce back

In 2020, Del Potro lost his father, who was aged 63, and this demise has left him in shambles.

“Of course, these last few weeks weren’t easy for me. Everything’s so hard since my father’s passing. But also, I feel the strength he sends me from above. I had this day in which I woke up and called the doctor. I knew I had to try again,” Del Potro mentioned. “I hope I can overcome this painful situation. I won’t stop trying. Of course, your messages and best wishes are always welcomed. Thanks for the love. Take care.”

In 2019, Del Potro came back on the ATP track after recovering from the knee injury which took place during the 2018 Shanghai Masters. Upon his comeback, he played some phenomenal matches on the tour.

In his quarterfinal 2019 Rome Masters battle against Novak Djokovic, he squandered two match points and lost the match in three hours to the Serbian legend.

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However, a few weeks later, Del Potro slipped on the court during Queen’s Club Championships matchup against Denis Shapovalov, and his knee issues aggravated, and eventually, he withdrew from his following match.

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That was the last time the ‘Tower of Tandil’ played a match on the ATP circuit, and since then, he has been treating his knee. And now, the tennis world is eager to see him on the professional courts!

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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