Juan Martin Del Potro Update: He’s On The Tennis Court Hitting Again
by Tom Gainey | October 22nd, 2015, 10:02 am
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Despite three surgeries on his left wrist, Juan Martin del Potro is still working hard to get back on the tour. With lingering doubts of his future in tennis, the 2009 US Open champion posted pictures on Facebook of a recent low intensity practice in Miami.

It’s great to see del Potro back on court. The big news will be when he’s hitting two-handed backhands again.


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55 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro Update: He’s On The Tennis Court Hitting Again

django Says:

Come back jmdp


Okiegal Says:

@django …….I want him back too! He has had his woes, but I always said he would ruin his arm, he hits way too hard. Can you hit too hard in regard to tennis???? Curious….


J-Kath Says:

His story is sad. He was good. Doubt he can ever get back to serious competion – but what do I know…

Okiegal – warm greetings to you.


J-Kath Says:

…competition…I can spell, but not always it seems.


lyle nubbins Says:

Rooting for him, such a good role model.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

He’s probably the most universally well-liked player among the tennis-xers. Man, how great it would be to see him get back to that ball-crunching form! Its a dream, but if he can believe in it, I guess we can play along.


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath…..Thanks for the warm greetings! I appreciate your shout out to me. We had Byron’s funeral service last Saturday. It was a great service. My son and daughter in law stayed three nights with me and Saturday I told them to get home and sleep in their own beds….that I had to jump this fence sooner rather than later. I made it fine. My son went to Carlsbad, New Mexico to work…..now that was hard on me, but he’s got to work where the work is. He’s a welder. His business cards say “Have Rods, Will Travel” and does. He’s been everywhere. Thanks again, Kath!


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal: One day, when I find it among the mess of papers in which I am currently operating – I have a poignant quote that you may treasure (as I did)- it is too soon for it right now – but it has a strange mix of reality and a route to acceptance…

Luv
Kath


Okiegal Says:

Thanks, Kath, would love to read it……


jane Says:

nice: how old is JMDP now? certainly players are having longer and longer careers, so his comeback is not impossible at all. good luck to him.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hes 27 years old now,and hes not played in a long time,and the game continues to evolve,i like him and i wish him all the best,but i think ill wait to see him playing again before i start predicting big things for him,after all these things dont happen over night,sometimes they dont happen at all,i wish him all the best though….


jalep Says:

Delpo, Cilic, and Gulbis – Class of 88′, jane, remember? Was very excited for them in 2009.
All three now 27. Still time for all ;)

Delpo especially, though. TV is right, I think Delpo is a favorite on Tennis-x – haven’t seen any anti-Delpo’s. Maybe when he gets back he’ll start beating everyone – then, we’ll see.

Kei Nishikori is out of Basel :/
http://www.vavel.com/en-us/tennis-usa/556794-kei-nishikori-withdraws-from-swiss-indoors-in-basel-with-shoulder-injury.html


jalep Says:

Oh hi, GG. didn’t see you there before I posted.

Gulbis knocked down one giant, Isner, and will face Dr. Ivo next in Vienna.


Brando Says:

Vamos Delpo!

Hope he pulls a wawrinka and steals some slams in his late age!

Truth is this guy was a phenomenal talent. One that the likes of Federer, Nadal circa 2009/2010, even Uncle Toni, touted as future number 1 and marked as the real deal. And how can you blame them?

A born fighter who showed he can fight with the best, on the biggest stage all day long and he won’t flinch. And then there’s the game.

Huge serve, FH, BH: there ain’t a player he couldn’t floor on the court. No one. In full flight this guy was virtually impossible to contain.

It’s such a shame what happened to him and I hope he can return, play for long, untroubled period of time and taste success since really this guy was the real deal and lacked for nothing.


Wog Boy Says:

“Delpo especially, though. TV is right, I think Delpo is a favorite on Tennis-x – haven’t seen any anti-Delpo’s.”

That’s because he wasn’t beating certain players on regular basis, but if he was..


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep lol no problem,EG has alot of talent no question,but i just cant stand his attitude sometimes,and the way he speaks about women yuck,but as i say i do appreciate he has a lot of talent,and maybe hes grown up and matured and hopefully hes now taking his tennis seriously,and about time too lol….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy lol so cynical but absolutely true,when a player actually becomes a threat to a fans favorite all of a sudden then you can bet your life that posters wont be so friendly then….


Gypsy Gal Says:

As the saying goes be carefull what you wish for?….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep dont know if you saw my post,but just wanted to say thanks for those links,especially the Native American one,it was a great read….


jalep Says:

GG, Just woke up for the 2nd time but now have to get ready – put my ball and chain on…

Your welcome. My dad made sure I knew Indian history in our area.

Wog Boy. Good point!


Margot Says:

OKgal hon.
How you doing? Sad for you your son had to return to NM. No way out of it gal, you gotta start flying…;)
Kei injured again? His body seems frail to me. He bulked up a lot, don’t think that helps.


J-Kath Says:

From the outside looking in – if I were Del Potro I’d find myself another career – how many operations on hands/wrists…..and then about to put it all at risk again….nah, I’d rather make cupcakes


J-Kath Says:

Jalep

Indian history! – demonstrates man’s inhumanity to man – at the root of it is the stink of British imperialism…


Margot Says:

@Kath
Not defending “British mperialism” for one nanosecond, it is indeed part of our shameful past.
But in this instance Spanish, French and Dutch imperialism all contributed to the massacres of Native Americans. In fact, I think first massacre can be attributed to the Spanish.
And of course disease too, either small pox or flu, I believe.


Gypsy Gal Says:

^Make love not war^….


J-Kath Says:

Yes Margot, thought I’d get in before someone else brought up “they who live in glass houses….” -

….”colonialism/imperialism” seems to be the latest redress subject. Jamaica is claiming “pay-back” from UK gov. for the land grabbing of the past – I worked with a young Jamaican and his tale of the Brits usurping his family’s entire plantation was troubling.

There’s lots of issues e.g Highland clearances; Ireland-potato famine…..

…I watched that series on Convicts in Australia and oh my – it really affected me…the whole human range of misery and response…great TV it was though…..


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……Thanks for asking about me. Yes, I miss my baby boy. He’s been so attentive to me since his Dad’s death. He really hated to leave me, but life goes on and his Dad would have said get to work! I do need to start flying….as I’m missing out on trips…..some tennis trips, maybe??? Lol Yep, I need to get over that fear I have.


Okiegal Says:

When I think of DelPo, the best US Open ever, was the one when he won it. Some great matches! Boom, boom, and boom….knocking out top players, wow, I loved the USO that year. Help me out, 6 or 7 yrs ago?? Losing track. But hate that he’s had all of the injury problems, but I certainly understand why, he hits with lots of force.


Okiegal Says:

and…….to add…..GOOD LUCK DELPO!!


Okiegal Says:

My husband’s father had a 200 acre farm, and I can’t begin to tell you how many Indian arrowheads he found on the property. A new pipeline came through it a year ago and Byron found another one. He had a very nice collection. Byron’s younger brother got it. Live to hunt for them…..fun hobby!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie it was 2009,when Delpo won the USO,so 6 years ago now,and yes indeed he played incredible that year,alot like Cilic last year,it would seem now that they might both have been one offs,time will tell though i suppose?….


Okiegal Says:

Thanks, Gypsy Gal….I took a wild stab at it…so 2009. Wow, 6 years ago. Poor DelPo…..injury plagued way too long for the tennis circuit! Get back in the mix, Jaun! OKIE is pulling for you! Novak needs some tougher competition!! His fans don’t want him to just kill everyone….You know the weak era theory?? Teasing all of you Novak fans….he’s just so much better than everyone else atm….i don’t think weak era has anything to do with it….I realize some don’t agree…been reading comments about the issue. Has he peaked at 28? That is an odd age to peak, I’ll have to admit. Not sure about his age, too lazy to look….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie Novak and Andy are the same age of 28,their birthdays are only a week apart,Rafas 29,Delpos 27,Rogers 35 i believe?….i must admit i think knowing that much makes me sound quite sad….


jalep Says:

lolol, Gypsy…laughing…
At least you got one wrong…that’s a good sign, i think. HRH Federer is still 34 but it can seem like he’s 35 already…

But really, it’s excusable — ages of these guys is a big talking point atm. I’m guilty ;D


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie i cant speak for Novak fans as im not one,although im not an anti fan either,or a secret Novak fan that only pretends to be a Rafa fan according to some anyway lol,but like you say hes just better than everyone else,if it were me id simply say weak era/strong era MEH who cares?….


Daniel Says:

Oki,

Love the name of your hubby, Byron!! So much power to say it.

Hope everything is goong well within possible. Stay strong!

Imagine if DelPo manage to win a Slam in 2-3 year time. That qould be something.


jalep Says:

Okie, echoing Daniel’s thoughts…
Nice to see you posting, too.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep thanks for putting me right lol….


Margot Says:

@Kath
Oooh dear…risking Ben’s wrath here, but did you see “Rabbit Proof Fence?” Such a powerful film.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Daniel mines Clive,what are you thoughts on his name?….sorry just curious….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Margot yeah i did,very powerfull,and Schindlers list?….


Daniel Says:

Reminds me of 007 as I think Clive Owen would be a perfect one GG. Like the name as well, impose respect. Any names that has “L” on it sounds nice, specially for the ladys, starting with L. But that’s me😜


jalep Says:

Finally forced myself to see Schindlers List at a friends’ house — didn’t make it through it.
Rabbit Proof Fence — love Peter Gabriel soundtracks but have yet to see it.

That’s one reason tennis and cycling come in handy, mindless diversions. Everyone needs lots of diversions.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Daniel ironically Film star Clive Owen was born in Coventry just like my husband….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jalep your quite right it does make for uncomfortable watching….


Okiegal Says:

@Daniel….I’m doing pretty well, atm. I’ve been occupied trying to tie up loose ends with Byron’s business. I like his name too. He was a strong man. Thanks for the encouraging words.

@Halle……I’m posting a little…… in between thank-you notes. I’ve written 50 already and several more to go……….


J-Kath Says:

Margot – Wish I had seen Rabbit Proof Fence – my start-up for missing movies starts January…I love good films – hasn’t been poss. for a wee while – moan, groan….seem to remember reading a book about it—long time ago?

There’s too much to repair in the world and we continue to permeate into it – read somewhere that China (who is being courted by GB) have nominated Mugabe for some sort of award…!!!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie if i lived near you i would be making a right nusance of myself visiting you with tea and sympathy,and taking you out shopping and to the movies to see a cheesy chick flick,but unfortunatly i cant do that,but i will give you a message sent from the heart,and say im always thinking of you my dear friend….


J-Kath Says:

Oh Margot – that link was first class. Plus, I found myself reasonably proud of the Brit. public’s telling remarks. Many thanks. Was beginning to think I was a rebel without a cause – (maybe am but great to know there is a strong stream of “hey guys, hang on a bit here…..”).


Gypsy Gal Says:

Rebel Without A Cause another classic film lol….


May Says:

My coach predicted he would have problems with his wrist when I told him I was a big DELPO fan. I hate to see him out of the game. Wouldn’t it be better to go for a one-handed backhand? I know it’s a big learning curve, but after so many surgeries it seems like a better idea. Hope you come back DelPo!


Wog Boy Says:

Girls,
Try this one from Emir Kusturica, “Life is a miracle”, but you have to be open minded for his movies, I found movie trailer in German, but you can get an idea:

http://youtu.be/bvVtwb27QjA


Okiegal Says:

@Gypsy Gal 1:50

I think we would get along great. I would take you arrowhead hunting! Thanks for the kind words….from my dear friend across the pond………


Alexandra Says:

For him to get back in the mix he would need to stay injury free for at least two years. Not sure if that would work out. Just a shame when a promising career goes away like that.

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