Del Potro, Clijsters Confirm French Open Participation; Roddick Questionable
The man nobody wants to play, Juan Martin Del Potro, announced tonight that he will play the French Open.
Via twitter, the former US Open champion said he will be going to Paris.
Del Potro’s appearance was in serious doubt after the 22-year-old injured his hip at Estoril month. Del Potro was forced to retire ahead of match in Madrid with Rafael Nadal, then withdrew from Rome to return home for further evaluation. Fortunately, Del Po is fit to play.
Del Potro last played the French Open in 2009 when he reached the semifinals pushing eventual champion Roger Federer to five sets.
This clay season the Argentine was undefeated winning Estoril and a few rounds in Madrid before his withdrawal. He’ll carry a seeding of No. 27 which will put him against a Top 8 player in the third round.
Kim Clijsters’ dream of a first French Open are back on after the Belgian said yesterday that her ankle has healed enough to play Paris. Clijsters, who injured her ankle during a wedding party in early April, has not played the French Open since 2006. She has won the last two Grand Slam titles winning at the US Open last fall and the Australian Open in January.
And Andy Roddick’s Roland Garros hopes are suddenly in doubt. The American’s bad shoulder which he injured en route to the doubles final in Rome last week was not ready for Nice forcing his withdrawal. Roddick has lost his last four matches and a further injury to that shoulder cause put Wimbledon in question.
“Obviously the situation is not perfect for Roland Garros,” said Roddick. “I still have a couple of days for something to get better.
“You have to be 100 percent to play in a Grand Slam. It’s running a big risk playing on an unhealthy shoulder with Roland Garros round the corner and Wimbledon shortly afterwards,” the former No. 1 added. “It’s been a tough year — one thing after another for over 12 months now.”
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