It was a bad day for Juan Martin del Potro and his fans. The soft-spoken Argentine was in tears after retiring due to his left wrist in his first round match today to Somdev Devvarman.
The Indian Devvarman had won the first set in a tiebreaker when del Potro broke down on the set changeover. With his face buried in the towel and fighting the tears, del Potro consulted with a trainer but the damage was done.
“My wrist is hurting a lot and everybody knows what happened to me four years ago with my other wrist,” del Potro said. “It was really tough to play today and I tried everything. But it’s very difficult to play in these conditions, playing slices. I cannot be the player that I would like to be.’
Del Potro arrived in Dubai with concern about his left wrist making it a questionable decision for him to even play.
Next month are big events in both Indian Wells and Miami. Here’s to hoping he’ll back to health by then.
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