Unfortunate news out of Argentina this morning is Juan Martin del Potro’s 2014 season might be over. The former US Open champion has been struggling with a painful left wrist injury all year, and now that wrist might need season-ending surgery.
Del Potro is said to be still in Miami but will fly to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where Dr. Richard Berger will evaluate the South American tennis star on Monday.
Del Potro’s press officer has confirmed that much.
Del Potro first began experiencing issues in the left wrist back in the summer of 2012 and those continued into this year when the pain grew too much forcing him to withdraw from Dubai, Indian Wells and now Miami.
Most recently via Facebook, del Potro had this to say after announcing he would not play Miami, “I still feel pain in my left wrist and I don’t feel competitive to go on court. It’s a pity because this is a special tournament for me since there are many Latin fans and Argentines in particular. In the next few days I will visit my doctor again to determine the following steps”.
The 25-year-old del Potro was finally making strides last year after returning from right wrist surgery. But with the recent setback, one that could force him off the tour until well into 2015, and history of injuries one has to wonder about his future.
Del Potro’s rivals added thoughts on their friend.
“He’s a very tall, tall guy, and for him playing many tournaments in a high level week in and week out is very difficult,” Djokovic said on Thursday. “His body is suffering, and it’s unfortunate that somebody of his quality is not performing here. Also Indian Wells. Tennis definitely misses him. He’s always one of the contenders to win big titles. He’s very entertaining to watch. He’s a nice guy. I wish him all the best and quick recovery.”
Said Federer on Thursday, “I’m sure he has to rethink where he goes from here now, because that’s not something you want to keep on doing. You’d rather rest or play in pain, or if it’s too painful just have no choice. So I wish him a speedy recovery. I wish the best for him. I mean, in a crazy world, the good thing is he has already gone through injury before. He knows, you know, what it’s about in a way. It’s just about staying mentally strong now and doing rehab and staying in shape at the same time. I wish him the best, and I hope to see him on tour soon.”
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