“My body is not 100 per cent”: Juan Martin del Potro confirms no US Open comeback

Juan Martin del Potro will not be receiving a wild card to this year’s US Open

Juan Martin del Potro Juan Martin del Potro in Argentina (Zuma/Panoramic)

After so many injury setbacks, anyone would be forgiven for calling it a day. Juan Martin del Potro has said that the comeback from retirement he was hoping for might not be imminent.

The former US Open champion had indicated that he hoped to play at Flushing Meadows this year, but in a social media statement released on Wednesday, he confirmed that he would not be playing there.

“As you know, my desire to return to such a special court like the one at the US Open had me very excited,” he wrote in Spanish. “I pursued every possible means in order to get there, but my body is not 100 per cent with me to let me feel comfortable and content to share in such a unique moment one more time with you all.”

At the age of 34, Del Potro also hinted that the pain he is suffering means that his focus has to be on his future health and wellbeing.

“I will keep looking for better alternatives in order to regain my quality of life,” he wrote, explaining that the pain prevented him from considering competitive tennis quite yet.

The Argentinian won the US Open title in 2009, but has been plagued with wrist and knee problems almost ever since. His most recent match, in Buenos Aires last year, was expected to mark his official retirement, but he has hinted repeatedly in the 18 months since that he would like to return to the tour.

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