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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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.
August 9th, 2012 at 12:36 pm