Juan Martin del Potro announced today that he will have surgery on his ailing left wrist tomorrow in Rochester, Minn. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Richard Berger of the Mayo Clinic.
On his Facebook page, del Potro said the following:
I want to tell you that after a period of medical treatment, in which we tried to be competitive on a tennis court, and following new examinations done today, my doctor Richard Berger decided that I should have surgery to fix the problem on my left wrist. It will be tomorrow, Monday, March 24th.
Obviously, it’s not the easiest choice or the happiest moment of my career. I experienced a similar situation and I know how hard it is to be out of the tour, the desire to return, the endless weeks of recovery and how difficult it is to start fighting for the top spots in the rankings again.
As always, thank you to those who express their support in any part of Argentina and the world, during tournaments, on the streets or social networks. The strength you send me and my desire will be crucial during my recovery.
Thank you very much to all,
No word on when del Potro will return to the tour however it’s reported he’ll unlikely be back before the US Open.
After inflaming the wrist (a grade 1 sprain according to some reports) at the Australian Open, del Potro continued to try and play on it the last month. But rather than try further rehab and treatment, knowing what was ahead from a prior surgery he opted to get it done sooner rather than later.
Del Potro had his right wrist operated on by Dr. Berger in May of 2010. The left wrist has been an issue since the summer of 2012.
The 25-year-old del Potro is currently ranked No. 8. He began the year with a title in Sydney, the only tournament he played without pain.
An update from his PR:
Juan Martin del Potro underwent surgery on his left wrist today at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota by Dr. Richard Berger. During the operation, it was discovered that the damage to his wrist ligaments was worse than expected based upon the high resolution imaging obtained before the surgery. Even so, the surgery went very well and as planned. The damaged ligaments were repaired and reinforced.
The surgery did not require hospitalization and Juan Martin is recovering comfortably. It is expected that he will make a full recovery and on schedule as originally planned. Dr. Berger did note, however, that “Given the degree of damage that was discovered in Juan Martin’s wrist, it is amazing he was able to play at all. It is the result of his passion for the sport, his drive to play well and his strength that he was able to last this long. I can’t wait to see him play at full strength again”.
— The Tennis Doctor (@medicaltimeout) March 24, 2014
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