Juan Martin Del Potro Withdraws From Indian Wells: My Left Wrist Is Still Hurting A Lot

by Tom Gainey | March 9th, 2014, 2:27 pm

2013 finalist Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from Indian Wells the Argentine announced today. Del Potro said his ailing left wrist is still in pain.

“It’s still hurting a lot,” said del Potro who lost in doubles yesterday. “I’m not feeling 100%. I’m not in good condition to compete.

“I feel the same pain every day and it bothers me a lot,” he said. “I’m trying to be very careful.”

Del Potro was replaced in the draw by British lucky loser James Ward, who will now play Feliciano Lopez in the second round.

The 25-year-old lost to Rafael Nadal in the final last year after beating Novak Djokovic in the semis.

Del Potro inflamed the injury at the Australian Open. Then had to retire last week in Dubai. He will stay in the U.S., try to rehab the injury and hope be ready for Miami.

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10 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro Withdraws From Indian Wells: My Left Wrist Is Still Hurting A Lot

Sean Randall Says:

This just isn’t good. But I have to ask why did he even bother to try and play? Wrist injuries don’t fix themselves in a week!

Gordon Says:

With DelPotro and now Berdych out it looks like this bottom half of the draw could boil down to Simon vs Tsonga, winner takes on Djokovic = 1 semi-finalist, while I see the winner Gulbis vs Dimitrov emerging as the other semi-finalist.

There are dark horses in each quarter who could muck this up, namely the rejuvenated Cilic and Bautista-Agut, though I think the latter will not be able to keep up his giant killer ability.

Ben Pronin Says:

Del Potro is gonna lose a good chunk of points. Man oh man, what a bummer.

skeezer Says:

Time to take some real time off for Delpo. Too bad, great add to the tour, he’ll be missed :(

Perfect fan Says:

Delpo….i literally plead b4 u, get off the tour, heal ur wrist till it starts firing as we all love to see, n then return with vengeance….taking the tour by storm.

I believe with the kind of brute force n power u impart into ur shots, u’ll end the points with a blink of an eye, u no need to worry abt ur age mate. Jus be 100%, next time u play. I m sorry to say this, but right now u r wasting ur time buddy…. :(

Bad Knee Rules Says:

I feel for him, he’s one of the nicest people on the tour. I don’t understand why he’s talking about Miami and not looking for a second opinion about his wrists/problems. It’s obvious it’s not gotten better since AO and it’s actually getting worse, imo.

metan Says:

Hope he takes enough time to fully recovered before entering the tour again. If he withdraws early, we would have different draw .
I guess , may be he tried to keep his ranking points.

SG1 Says:

I believe that if DelPo can’t get his wrist problems under control in next 6-9 months, he’ll retire from the game. No point in constantly playing hurt. I really feel for him. He’s all class and truly talented. I hope he can find some way to get these chronic wrist issues dealt with once and for all.

SG1 Says:

The wrist is pretty much where the rubber meets the road for a tennis player.

Giles Says:

Here is a man whose career might end due to his wrist injuries and there we have Pronin worrying about his ranking points! What d’ya say to that, eh?
Hope you recover soon from these injuries, Delpo.

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