The news continues to be bad for Juan Martin del Potro. The Likeable Argentine returned in March after post-Australia surgery but his left wrist wasn’t good healthy enough.
Del Potro had remarked he was hoping to play the clay, but he never did, nor did he play at the French Open. And now the latest news is he will have a third surgery on his left wrist next Thursday.
Today, a disconsolate del Potro broke the news via a heartfelt youtube video.
“Ive spent some tough weeks and months. Some sad days, some dark days. Not much light at the end of the tunnel because of my serious wrist injury,” del Potro said. “But the good part of the story is, I don’t give up.”
“If there’s one thing I want to do is to fight for what I love and that is to play tennis.”
Del Potro admitted that he played in Miami with pain, and now doesn’t practice or train.
“The whole situation made me realize it wasn’t wise to go on in that condition,” he said of his Miami sensations.
“I just find myself fighting mentally and psychologically, not giving up and trying to find solutions to my wrist problem.
“I didn’t want to to fight tennis. I didn’t want to hate this sport.”
He said with the support of his doctor, he looked into alternative treatments for the left wrist which first plagued him in 2012. But to have a chance at returning to tennis, there was only one option.
“I’ve decided to commit myself and undergo surgery hoping it will be the final solution,” he said.
“I did look for alternatives, other diagnosis as well. But all in all, it ends with the same place if I want to play tennis again, and that is to face surgery again.”
Del Potro, who turns 27 in September, said he will update his fans following surgery.
“I still dream about stepping onto a tennis court one day.”
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Tennis Vagabond Says:
Sad. Even if the surgery works, he isn’t training and he’ll be starting over at 27. After already one surgery on each wrist, its hard to imagine there will be permanent solution. Also hard to know how to feel about his perseverance, whether he needs to accept and move on with his life, but I suppose in the grand scheme its worth a few years to fight for a dream, even with odds against.
June 15th, 2015 at 10:26 am