Juan Martin Del Potro: Clay Isn’t My Favorite Because I Don’t Like To Run Too Much
by Tom Gainey | May 15th, 2018, 10:16 am
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Juan Martin del Potro admitted that he chooses other surfaces over clay because he simply doesn’t like to chase balls and play long rallies.

“I don’t like to run too much,” he laughed Sunday in Rome. “And you must play long rallies here on clay.”

“But, I mean, if you play aggressive on this surface also you can be dangerous. But, you need to be 100% physically, mentally, free of pains in your body.

“And I’m just trying to stay healthy in this part of the year, to improve my game and hold my body in the second part of the season.”

Del Potro has 22 career titles, four of them on clay. Of the four Grand Slams, he has the fewest number of overall wins at the French Open, but has played the tournament just once in the last five years. He did make the semifinals there in 2009.

Del Potro will open his Rome campaign against the winner of a very good match between Borna Coric and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“I’m feeling good,” del Potro said. “I have good feelings with the ball. I already practice twice. And I’m hitting good. But I need to keep improving my game on clay. It’s not my best part of the season, what I say. But, I like to keep improving my game anyways.”

Del Potro is a 2-time Rome quarterfinalist.


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15 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro: Clay Isn’t My Favorite Because I Don’t Like To Run Too Much

SG1 Says:

Yup. I think that Del Po will be a whole lot more dangerous on the grass. I hope he doesn’t get hurt playing the clay court season. Kind of wondering if he should take the Federer approach and stay away from it altogether.


SG1 Says:

He did have the one great FO run in his early 20′s when I believe he lost to Federer in the 5th set. I remember Federer or somebody commenting on his forehand at the time and saying how good it was.


skeezer Says:

Smart man Delpo! Clay is for players who like Pong.


Madmax Says:

Keep going Del Po, we love you whatever you have to say.

Funny.


Madmax Says:

Delpo is still a force to be reckoned with.


SG1 Says:

Wouldn’t be ironic if he won the FO…


SG1 Says:

Wouldn’t IT be ironic if he won the FO…sorry


SG1 Says:

skeezer Says:

Smart man Delpo! Clay is for players who like Pong.

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I prefer to watch hard court tennis but in terms of playing, I would rather play on a properly groomed clay court over anything else. Easier to rally on a clay court.


Willow Says:

I Believe hes good for an upset against the top players on his day, and i think he can go deep, but i dont think he can beat possibly two of the top ones to win a final anymore, and he did lose early last week in Madrid against somebody i thought he would beat handily, still JMO ….


Willow Says:

Having said that it would as SG1 says be ironic if he won the FO, and i seriously doubt he would be playing it, if he didnt think he had a chance, or wasnt in it to win it, trying to take the pressure of himself IMO ….


Willow Says:

Not all of us do Madmax sorry ….


skeezer Says:

“I would rather play on a properly groomed clay court”
So you’ve never played on a properly groomed grass court?
#heaven


SG1 Says:

Played on those terrible artificial grass courts. Never on a real grass court. Can’t lie. Playing on red clay is on my bucket list.


skeezer Says:

With the sand on them? Yeah, terrible.


RZ Says:

@SG1 and Skeezer – I’ve also played on astroturf courts before. The amount of sand in my shoes after 1 set was ridiculous.

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