Juan Martin Del Potro Returns To Tennis Today In Sydney! [Video]
by Tom Gainey | January 12th, 2015, 9:56 am
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After 10 months off the tour recovering from a left wrist injury, Juan Martin del Potro makes his long-awaited returning tonight in Sydney against Sergiy Stakhovsky.

The former US Open champion isn’t expecting big things after missing so much time, and he says he still feels pain the wrist.

“[The wrist] hurts a little bit,” del Potro said. “It bothers me sometimes when I hit backhands but I am trying to hit harder because I need to hit harder if I want to play this tournament. Sometimes the pain is high, sometimes it is low.”

“It’s much better than [it was] three or four weeks ago and the doctor says that I can’t make it worse by playing at a high level, so I am very positive for that. I need to do a lot of treatment every day. I do a long warmup before practice and matches, which takes a lot of time. That is my life at the moment.

“It will be a big challenge to play this tournament and see if I can start the season healthy and play for the whole year.”

Del Potro won his last title, the 18th of his career, a year ago in Sydney defeating Bernard Tomic. The Argentine has been sidelined since late February 2014 when he retired in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. He underwent left wrist surgery on March 24.

“It was horrible to watch all the tournaments on TV and see how open it was in the grand slams. It’s good for tennis but it was sad for me because I was ready and prepared.”


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21 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro Returns To Tennis Today In Sydney! [Video]

Okiegal Says:

I want to wish DelPo best wishes on his return. I hope he stays injury free for a long time. I’m excited about seeing him in Australia at Sidney and then Melbourne!!


Okiegal Says:

DelPo got his first win of his comeback! Way to go, DelPo! I know he must be thrilled to be back.


Wog Boy Says:

Okie, he cried after he won last point, he was very rmotional, I was posting during the match on the wrong thread:(


Okiegal Says:

@Wog……Thanks for the update on the Gentle Giant. I have always liked this guy. The year he won the USO is one my favorite tournaments. He was awesome that year. So sad he’s had to deal with the wrist injury…..but being the hard hitter that he is, not surprised. I will try to find a video on you tube of his win. Oh, and I do remember you originally being from Serbia……I forgot…..my bad…..memory that is! Lol


Okiegal Says:

@Wog……Do you have tickets for Melbourne??


Wog Boy Says:

Okie. yes, I will be in Melbourne mon-thur first week, but will be watching mon-wed, thursday little bit of shopping in Melbourne and flying back to Sydney. This is first year I am going to watch first week of AO on the spot I always go second week, but I want to see some players before they drop out, like Troicki who just played excelent match and beat Klizan in two, I loved the way his coach Aussie Jack Reader was cheering Viktor with “ajde” and as soon as match finished he told him “see you in gym” Viktor’s face wasn’t happy, I don’t think he likes gym:)


Okiegal Says:

@Wog…..Wow, that’s great! Have fun and I’m jealous! Lol


Okiegal Says:

@Wog……You want to see Viktor have another meltdown!! Lol. I picked Klizan to beat him when I went through that bracket…..shows how much I know!!


Wog Boy Says:

Viktor is character, he is just street wise Belgrade boy who is having a fun in what he is doing, enjoying life in the fast lane and on the side of it making good money.
Don’t worry, I picked Klizan too, I didn’t see Viktor beating Klizan, but Viktor is working hi ass of yo get back in top 50, just five months ago he was #800+ and now he is back in top 100.


Wog Boy Says:

^^…working his ass off to…


Okiegal Says:

@Wog…… Guess what I’m watching? Here in the states my cable tv carries a classic sports channel. They’re showing matches from the AO. I’m watching Rafa/Novak classic from 2012…..of course my guy lost but this was an awesome match between the two. Very long and lots of wasting of time between both parties……it was a classic for sure, I still remember how tired they were at the end. Loved this match!!


Okiegal Says:

@Wog…..Good for Viktor. I forgot he was from your home country…..naturally you would be interested in him. I’ve also wondered how Tipsy is doing??


Wog Boy Says:

Tipsy is not doing well and I thought that TX might mention his case since he was top 10 player. They couldn’t work out for a long time what is his problem in his foot until midlast year they found and operated two tumors in his foot. He trained really hard and was about to play Chennai when he cought pneumonia and last I heard he is planing come back in February. I wish him all the best but…I don’t know.


Okiegal Says:

That’s too bad…..hate these danged injuries. I have seen him play some great tennis. Hopefully he can fully recover and get back to his livelihood real soon! Just curious about him. Thanks!!


Michael Says:

It appears that Del Potro has still not fully recovered and that is really bad news. But the good thing he is atleast playing. All the best to him. May he be injury free.


Daniel Says:

Watching the end of the match and DelPo with his hands on his face was emotional. This guys live for it, must be such a relief to finally get back into competition and winning again. Hope he gets more wins to boos his confidence. The more he plays and wins the best, as long as he doesn’t force the wrist. No need for those major FH bombs just yet.


SG1 Says:

Some feel good stories to kick off the year. Fed gets 1000 wins and both DelPo and Rafa are back playing.


SG1 Says:

Okiegal Says:
@Wog……Thanks for the update on the Gentle Giant.

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If tennis balls had feelings, I doubt they’d consider him gentle.


Okiegal Says:

@SG1……You make a good point! Lol DelPo dies hit hard……so hard that I think that’s probably his main problem! Why do they call him the gentle giant?? I get the giant part……


SG1 Says:

He seems like a down-to-earth type. He just plays wicked tennis without much fuss. I guess this is where the “gentle” thing originates from. One scary dude to play when he’s on.


Matador Says:

No need for those major FH bombs just yet.

This is the problem indeed. He needs to atack more the net and shorter the points to avoid future injuries because to “kill” the ball with every forehand will be very dangerous for him.

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