Juan Martin Del Potro Withdraws From US Open; Clijsters to Have MRI on Hip
by Staff | August 21st, 2010, 2:56 pm

Juan Martin del Potro announced that he has officially withdrawn from the US Open. The Argentine has been sidelined since January with a right wrist injury which required surgery on May 4. ADHEREL

“I feel extremely sad to announce that I will not to be able to defend my US Open title,” said the 21-year-old del Potro who beat Roger Federer last year in five sets at Flushing Meadows. “Winning in New York last year has been my major accomplishment in tennis and my best memory so far. I am so sorry for my fans, my sponsors and all the people that care about me, but I have only started practising in the last two weeks and unfortunately I cannot compete at the top level yet. I look forward to returning to New York in 2011 and wish all the best to the tournament organizers and my fellow players.”

An injury cloud also hangs over women’s defending champion Kim Clijsters who injured her left hip yesterday in a loss to Vera Zvonareva in Montreal.

“Don’t worry, there’s no doubt in my mind (I will be at the U.S. Open),” Clijsters told reporters. “Maybe I will have to take precautions but a lot of girls these day play with tape to protect themselves.”

Clijsters says he will have an MRI done to confirm there is nothing serious.

The US Open has already been stung by withdrawals from two-time champion Serena Williams (foot), Justine Henin (elbow), Tommy Haas (shoulder), Ivo Karlovic (achilles), Mario Ancic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (knee).

American John Isner (ankle), Venus Williams (knee), Maria Sharapova (ankle), and Ana Ivanovic (ankle) are also hobbled.

The US Open begins Monday, August 30. The main draw will be announced next Thursday.

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17 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro Withdraws From US Open; Clijsters to Have MRI on Hip

steve Says:

More sad news. He’s a great player and will be missed.

Von Says:

Awwwh, I’m going to miss the quiet giant. He sounds so very sad in his statement announcing that he won’t play. Rest up Juan, and don’t push it, you’ll be back.

grendel Says:

well, I’d hardly call this sad news. We knew he couldn’t possibly be match fit. When he played at the AO this year, that wasn’t the real delPotro. One gets the feeling that he is determined not to rush things. Hopefully by the AO 2011 (only 4 and a half months now), we’ll see him competing realistically for the title.

Ike Says:

too bad, JMDP get well soon.

Von Says:

Juan’s injury is not to be pushed, as it will make his condition worse. Slow-ly does it for sure in this instance. When he returns, he’ll have to be super careful so as not to cause an aggravation., which will impede his progress even more.

Kimberly Says:

bad news for delpo fans and tennis overall.

jane Says:

Too bad about Delpo – but – better he come back fully healed. And crazy news about Clijsters; who will be left to win the USO? : )

jane Says:

Too bad about Delpo – but – better he come back fully healed. And crazy news about Clijsters; who will be left to win the USO? : )

David Says:

If Venus doesn’t win the USO this year, you have to wonder if she’ll ever win another Slam. Obviously there’s always Wimbledon, but this USO is hers for the taking.

guy Says:

men’s tennis is a bit of a slump, hopefully the usopen will change things.
but right now djoker,murray and nadal aren’t playing great. cilic and verdasco have gone missing, roddick and davydenko still trying to find their way back to form. federer is playing ok but this final was basically handed to him. not sure if soda and berdych are peaking either.
fish and nalbandian seem like the only guys to find form right now. but even nalbandian’s form seems to be running out a little.

Seth Says:

That’s sad for JMDP. I wonder if his slapshot forehand is going to be a cause for concern with this wrist the way Nadal’s extremely physical game chronically troubles his knees.

Seth Says:

*his wrist

Dory Says:

We need a JMDP to keep Nadal at bay. Next season!!

madmax Says:

One good thing is that JMDP is young. very young. one of the youngest and most successful tennis players who, when he is back to his best, will be able to continue his rivalries – with all the top 10 players.

He is very much missed, but as grendel said, only just over 4.5 months –

Ben, JMDP has a protected ranking for 12 months is it? how does it work after that period is up – Does he go down to number 10, or what?

madmax Says:


you must be watching the reruns of tennis from the 1960’s, right?

guy Says:


not a general slump, it’s the best era ever. just a slump in terms of the top players playing poorly compared to earlier in the year

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Big shame, though we’ve all known for months that he wouldn’t be a true contender. JMDP has the potential to impact the tour in a big way- that is, I don’t believe Murray, Djokovic, Berdych, or Soderling can knock Federer and Nadal from the top two within the next two years. Its possible JMDP can (I know, Djokovic had the 2 spot briefly and still flirts with it but that was based on a fall in which Nadal and Fed sat out and he took all the candy- I dont think anyone sees Nole as Rafa and Fed’s true equal right now).
JMDP may well be the future of tennis. Or it may be that he will never have the wrist strength he once had and we’ll never see that awesome potential develop to its full.

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