Wrist Surgery Looming for Del Potro? Season in Doubt
by Tom Gainey | May 2nd, 2010, 11:01 am

I hope my Google Translate is wrong because this report out of Argentina is not positive on the Tower of Tandil. The story suggests that Juan Martin Del Potro might miss the rest of the tennis season if surgery is required.

According to the Clarin story (under Google translation), Del Potro has returned to Rochester to visit wrist specialist Dr. Richard Berger at the Mayo Clinic and surgery is possible. If that happens the US Open Open winner would be out another 3-6 months almost ending his season.

Del Potro is also said to have been suffering panic attacks in the report, but no longer.

Even if given the all clear it’s still unlikely Del Potro would play Madrid or the French Open due to his lack of training and preparation.

But Del Potro and his camp have been silent about what’s really going on with his wrist, so the speculation abounds. His manager did tell the paper more news would be available on Tuesday.

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19 Comments for Wrist Surgery Looming for Del Potro? Season in Doubt

madmax Says:

Tom, this is horrible news. It must be really, really serious. When it was first mentioned last year, i thought it would be aka amalgro, “not so serious”, but i wonder what happened, and how he actually did what he was supposed to have done to cause such a critical injury at such an early time in his career.

Tom Gainey Says:

If someone could lend a hand with an accurate translation we’d be better served than a loose Google translation.

I fear it won’t make a difference, however.

Kimmi Says:

Oh No! delpo. No wonder he was having panic attacks! the surgery on the wrist is scary..i hope he will not need it.

get well soon delpo, your fans awaits to see you on court again..

Lisa Farley Says:

JMD out 3-6 months. I’m extremely saddened by this news; however, want him to receive proper treatment and return when appropriate. Oodles and doodles of love for this rising star!


“Del Potro is also said to have been suffering panic attacks in the report, but no longer.”

I don’t know what to make of that sentence. Maybe a figure of speech was lost in translation.

margot Says:

Does anyone know a) exactly what the injury is and b) what sort of surgery you’d need to fix it?
Awful shame isn’t it? Andy was out for months with a wrist injury as well and I think it continues to be a weakness, bummer for these young players.

jane Says:

Thanks for the update Tom; it would be great if we knew something more official from his camp. But in any case, Delpo is missed, and I hope he is well soon!!

contador Says:

it’s his right wrist i think, isn’t it?

the panic attacks are quite understandable. poor delpo. even if it’s not a career ending injury, to possibly be out a season when he really was on his way as contender to be #1, imo. he has had to sit back and watch so many tournaments go by, unable to be in there competing.

believe delpo does watch tennis and is a tennis freak, loves tennis too, from the stories i have read about him.

*heavy sigh* poor delpo.

we need you back delpo!

Ben Pronin Says:

Wow. Wow. This sucks. The only positive is that at least he’ll have a protected ranking.

Polo Says:

Delpo should just give up this year and hope for a good recovery and get back into the game well healed next year. Tennis is so much better with him around.

fadingis Says:

hi , i am a spanish speaker and the google translation didn´t afect much of the general message but any way the newspaper is kind of sensationalist so it´s not that trustable.

fadingis Says:

and the didn´t say anything about more news they only said that the delpo camp would know more on the injury on tuesday, not that it would get published or anything similar

Anna Says:

How does a protected ranking work? Does he get to keep his points? Delpo is such a big guy it’s easy to forget he’s just 21. He seems like an emotional kid. His win at the USO was astonishing last year, and maybe just a little overwhelming.

Dory Says:

Oh crap! Surgery means how many months out now? We need one of the powerful Nadal slayers back in the form of JMDP.

Skorocel Says:

Panic attacks? Well, let’s just hope it really is a wrist that’s bothering him…



Q. What is a protected ranking and who is eligible?

A. A player may petition the CEO for an Entry Protection when he is physically injured and does not compete in any tennis event for a minimum period of six months. The written petition must be received within six months of his last tournament.
The Entry Protection shall be a position in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, as determined by the player’s average South African Airways ATP Rankings position during the first three months of his injury. The Entry Protection shall be for entry into the main draw or qualifying competition or for special exempt consideration. The Entry Protection shall not be used for seeding purposes, Lucky Loser consideration or for entry into the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

The Entry Protection shall be in effect for either the first eight tournaments that the player competes in using the Entry Protection (excluding wild cards and entries as a Direct Acceptance with his current position in the South African Airways ATP Rankings) or for the period up to nine months beginning with the first tennis event that the player competes in, whichever occurs first.

source: ATPworldtour.com

Anna Says:

Thanks Nelta!

Huh Says:

Too bad, just too bad!

Nayif Says:

ohhhhhhhhh its too bad ……I miss you very much ……..Nayif from Syria

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