Del Potro to have surgical procedure, hopes to play in Tokyo

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Former U.S Open champion Juan Martin del Potro will endure one other operation on his proper knee this week however stated Monday he nonetheless hopes to play on the Tokyo Olympics.

The Argentine has been sidelined since hurting his knee within the first spherical at Queen’s Membership in June 2019 and has already had three surgical procedures on the harm. He posted a message on Instagram saying he could have surgical procedure once more on Tuesday in Chicago.

“We have tried conservative remedy however the ache continues to be there,” Del Potro wrote. “[The doctor] is aware of I wish to play tennis once more and have the ability to play the Olympics, so we agreed that surgical procedure needs to be carried out as quickly as doable.”

The 32-year-old Del Potro beat Roger Federer within the 2009 U.S. Open ultimate for his solely Grand Slam title and his profession has been blighted by a lot of long-term accidents since. That is the fourth time he has been sidelined for at the very least eight months.

Del Potro stated he contemplated retirement after his father died in January, however that he desires to get again on the court docket.

“In fact, these previous couple of weeks weren’t simple for me. The whole lot’s so exhausting since my father’s passing,” he stated. “But in addition, I really feel the energy he sends me from above. I had at the present time wherein I wakened and referred to as the physician. I knew I needed to strive once more. I hope I can overcome this painful state of affairs. I will not cease making an attempt.”

The tennis match on the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to start out July 24.

Del Potro received bronze on the 2012 London Olympics after which silver in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, shedding the ultimate to Andy Murray.

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