After struggling last week in Delray Beach, his first event back from a fractured knee cap, Juan Martin del Potro announced that he will need more time to rehab the injury and won’t be able to defend his Indian Wells title next month.
“I am truly disappointed that I will not be able to return to the BNP Paribas Open to defend my title,” Del Potro said. “It is one of my favorite tournaments, and I have incredible memories from last year, but my doctors have advised me to rest. I hope to be back on court soon.”
The Argentine first injured in right patella last October in Shanghai. The 4th-ranked 30-year-old returned in Delray Beach a week ago and won two matches but lost to Mackenzie McDonald in the quarterfinals in a match he was hobbled by his knee.
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