Juan Martin Del Potro Won’t Play The French Open For A Fourth Straight Year
by Staff | May 12th, 2016, 8:55 pm
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Argentine Juan Martin del Potro withdrew his name from the French Open today. The 27-year-old is still working his way back from multiple left wrist surgeries and likely doesn’t want to risk further damage on the strenuous clay.

“We decided that the smartest move is to start my preparation for the grass season,” del Potro said on his Facebook page. “The list of tournaments is yet to be confirmed, but I hope to play as much as possible.

“Sorry for my fans at Roland Garros, I am going to miss you one more year. See you in 2017!”

Del Potro hasn’t played the French Open since 2012 when he made the quarterfinals losing from two sets up to Roger Federer. He also reached the semifinals in 2009.

This clay season, del Potro made the quarters at Munich losing to Dominic Thiem and the second round at Madrid where he fell to Jack Sock.


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6 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro Won’t Play The French Open For A Fourth Straight Year

Wog Boy Says:

Very smart decision considering how long it takes or can take to win one single point and how hard is on wrists. Grass is ideal start for recovering Delpo.


Michael Says:

It is really a great tragedy to see such an awesome player with huge potential literally gets destroyed and deceived by his own non-cooperating body.


Margot Says:

It would interesting, for me, to see if any of the really technical bods on here, like MMT and Matt, think there’s a flaw in his technique that’s induced this. Apart from hitting the ball with stupid force of course.


J-Kath Says:

Del Potro is chasing rainbows. Already 27 years old it will take him a good year to reach the top 50….and those wrists of his are unlikely to improve any more than they have done.


SG1 Says:

Tend to agree with J-Kath. After a nice win against Thiem, why stop now? There have to be some issues. If DelPo can’t play much after the grass court season, I’m thinking he may be inclined to hang up his tennis shoes. Sure hope things are better for him in the 2nd half of the year.


SG1 Says:

I look at DelPo’s strokes and there doesn’t appear to be anything inherently flawed with them. IMO, this is a man with bad luck in the genetics department. A tennis player with bad wrists. It couldn’t get much worse in terms of having a weak spot.

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