Juan Martin Del Potro Will Return To Argentina To Celebrate Bronze Before Cincinnati
by Tom Gainey | August 9th, 2012, 9:52 am

According to this ESPNDesportes.com report, Juan Martin Del Potro will fly back to Argentina for a special bronze medal celebration before deciding on whether to play Cincinnati next week.

Del Potro’s bronze medal is Argentina’s only medal thus far at the Olympics games, and he wants to share the joy with his nation.

Via translation, Del Potro told ESPN, “The achievement is much more still live in Argentina, from here is more difficult. They are very strong and I enjoy it with the people who deserve to be sharing this moment with me, not only with my group, but the whole country.”

An exhuasted Del Potro yesterday lost to Radek Stepanek 64, 76 in the first round at the Rogers Cup Canada.

‘Well, I came here Monday night,” Del Potro said. “Many players pull out from here. It’s not easy play after big effort in Olympics, but I tried anyway. Now I need time to recovery my body if I want to stay healthy.

“Now I will have time to relax, to train, and I will be 100% for the next tournaments and 100% for my favorite tournament in New York.”

After a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer Friday at the London 2012 Olympics semifinals 19-17, Del Potro recovered to beat Novak Djokovic on Sunday to win the bronze medal. The Argentine said the Olympic experience was one of the best moments of his career.

“It’s fantastic beat Djokovic for the bronze medal. I also lost a very, very good match against Federer that give me confidence to play against them in the future,” he said. “But anyway, I should work very, very hard to be better

“I think been one of my best moments in my career playing the Olympics, staying at the Village some days, share with all the athletes. Was fantastic. It’s a big, big experience for me. I should wait four more years to play another, but will be my heart for the rest of the life.”

Del Potro is still undecided on playing Cincinnati which begins on Monday.

“I wish to play there, but I need time to relax.”

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5 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro Will Return To Argentina To Celebrate Bronze Before Cincinnati

andrea Says:

it’s amazing how these players can sustain their lives jetting all over the world and expected to play at the highest levels. no wonder they are all burning out.

SG1 Says:

Happy for DelPo. It’s been a long road back but it seems he’s back in the mix again. With his best surface coming up, he has to be a favorite to go deep at the Open. This being said, he’s gotta get some rest. Don’t want to have another injury on the precipice of getting back into Slam mix.

alison Says:

Andrea they get paid handsomely for the privalege.

Dave Says:

It seems almost stupid for Delpo to fly back to Argentina for a bronze medal parade, especially after Argentina’s president boycotted the Olympics Opening Ceremony over the Falkland Islands to put a damper on Argentina’s efforts. But Delpo actually has a good reason to make this a priority while people: he was brutally bashed by Argentina’s news media for skipping the Davis Cup tie in Germany in February (see link). He’s probably using the positive publicity to build goodwill in Argentina for him. Argentina took part in 23 sports from athletics to wrestling — and only Delpo has so far won a medal.

Gaga Says:

Del Potro or Murray winning the USO would be what the sport needs at the moment.

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