In a mixed morning of news, Juan Martin del Potro announced that he intends to play Sydney next week and then the Australian Open.
“I wanted to tell you that we decided to travel to play Sydney and the Australian Open,” he wrote on Facebook today. “I missed the tour, I missed to compete, I missed interacting with you on court and those feelings outweigh the pain in the wrist, which comes and goes and prevented me from having the ideal pre-season training.
“I don’t expect great results, I just want to feel the competition, I want to feel an active player once again, nearly a year after my last match. At this point I don’t care about the rankings. The situation is different. I take it as a reward for the effort that I put to come back.
“The experience of my previous injury will help me so as not to be too anxious. I follow what my doctor Richard Berger says. I have to be patient.”
Del Potro, who withdrew from Brisbane, played his last singles match on February 25th, 2014, when he was forced to retire against Somdev Devvarman in Dubai. He then underwent surgery on his left wrist on March 24.
Meanwhile, former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrew his name from the Australian Open. The Frenchman has been battling a forearm/wrist injury since the fall season.
“It’s with a big disappointment that I have to postpone today the start of my season declining the Australian Open. I’m still suffering from a forearm inflammation (intersection syndrome ) and that prevents me being at 100% of my capacities in a competition. Then I’m going to receive over 3 weeks all the needed treatments to be able to be back on track in the best conditions. Thanks to all of you for your numerous messages and for the support you are giving me !”
— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (@tsonga7) January 7, 2015
A runner-up in 2008, this is the first time Tsonga has ever missed the Australian Open. Tsonga has made the fourth round or better there six of the last seven years.
US Open champion Marin Cilic is also expected to announce soon that he will be unable to play in Australia due to an elbow injury.
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