Juan Martin Del Potro: It Took 18 Months To Get Over My Right Wrist Surgery, Now The Same With The Left

by Tom Gainey | March 25th, 2015, 9:48 am

Juan Martin del Potro not only met a few dolphins yesterday in Miami, but also some journalists. Not sure which he liked more, but del Potro talked to the reporters about his comeback, revealing that it took him 18 months to mentally be ready for tennis after his first surgery on his right wrist in 2010. Unfortunately, he hinted, it looks like a similar timeline with his left wrist.

“When I operated my right hand, I played a year and a half thinking about my hand, with fear and with some discomfort too,” del Potro said. “Until one day, that feeling disappeared completely and I could play freely from the mental standpoint, and now with the left hand it is a bit the same.”

Del Potro is playing just his second event in the last 12 months since undergoing left wrist surgery about a year ago.

The 26-year-old returned in Sydney winning two matches, showing signs of promise. But he was still not 100% confident in his left wrist, so he withdrew from the Australian Open and underwent a second surgery in January.

Del Potro’s 7th Miami appearance has him playing Thursday against Vasek Pospisil. The 26-year-old once beat Rafael Nadal in Miami en route to the 2009 semifinals.

“I think being here in this tournament energises me again,” said del Potro. “At times I feel a bit far in the rankings. I know I have a long way to go. When I was No. 4 in the world, everything was much easier. Even the objectives that I had were different.

“But that’s life. Those are things that happen to athletes, and this is something that I had to deal with and I am just very happy to play tennis again.”

Del Potro hasn’t played a Masters event since reaching the quarterfinals at 2013 Paris. He is currently ranked No. 616.

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6 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro: It Took 18 Months To Get Over My Right Wrist Surgery, Now The Same With The Left

chris ford1 Says:

Even as we have our other favorites, and know that a healthy Juan Martin may cut down on their successes and even “More Superstar Amazing Records”, who doesn’t want him back???
He is great for tennis.
He is also, more than Nadal or Murray, a reminder how blessed Djokovic (once his allergies were solved) and Federer, are with long years in good health and relatively free of injury.

Hippy Chick Says:

What does that mean,in that hes more than Nadal or Murray?….

Hippy Chick Says:

Cute picture and video of Delpo swimming with dolphins aww….

Ben Pronin Says:

Del Potro really is one unlucky son of a gun. He’s missed so many of his prime years first because of one wrist and then because of the other. I hope this is the end of it. I hope from here on out we see this guy competing at the highest levels. Great game, great attitude, great for the sport.

chris ford1 Says:

Hippy – It means that Murray and Nadal have had injury, but intermittant and they were still in reasonable competitive shape most the time. How blessed and fortunate Fed and Nole look compared to Delpo instead. A top player who has lost a couple years outright and had to climb a long ladder to get back in 2013 to a competitive level his talent warranted, now has to do that rehabbing all over again.
While we are on it, there is also the comeback of Vika Azarenka as worth a mention. The woman’s game will be better when she is back. The gal is a fine athlete and competitor.

Okiegal Says:

I’m glad he’s back in the picture too. Hope he doesn’t come undone. He is good for the sport. I will never forget the year he won the USO. He was kicking butt and taking names. That is my fav all time USO and my guy didn’t even win…..imagine that! Seriously, hope he’s fully recovered.

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