Juan Martin Del Potro Won’t Defend His Indian Well Title

by Staff | February 28th, 2019, 10:14 am

After struggling last week in Delray Beach, his first event back from a fractured knee cap, Juan Martin del Potro announced that he will need more time to rehab the injury and won’t be able to defend his Indian Wells title next month.

“I am truly disappointed that I will not be able to return to the BNP Paribas Open to defend my title,” Del Potro said. “It is one of my favorite tournaments, and I have incredible memories from last year, but my doctors have advised me to rest. I hope to be back on court soon.”

The Argentine first injured in right patella last October in Shanghai. The 4th-ranked 30-year-old returned in Delray Beach a week ago and won two matches but lost to Mackenzie McDonald in the quarterfinals in a match he was hobbled by his knee.

Last year, del Potro beat Roger Federer in a thrilling Indian Wells final to win his first Masters title.

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3 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro Won’t Defend His Indian Well Title

SG1 Says:

Hard to not feel for this guy after all the injuries he has endured. Too bad he couldn’t get through Novak at last year’s USO final. It would have given him the “Bo Jackson What-If” aura. He probably still has some of it but getting to two slam finals, winning both and beating both Prime Fed and Novak would have been icing on the cake.

chrisford1 Says:

They have broken each other’s hearts on many occasions. Delpo got Novak at 2 Olympics, and while he lost the 2013 Wimbledon thriller, he beat the snot out of Djokovic and Murray then had a less than 100% Novak for the Final.
Still, the numbers will not matter much for how fans look back at del Potro. They will remember that a fit Juan Martin could blow Nadal off the court, take down Fed and Murray, and he had the win over Djokovic in some of the biggest matches of his life. All the injuries he came back from and never once whined about his bad fortune.
Jews have a word, mensch. A person of ability with high integrity and honor. Del Potro is a mensch

Telperion Says:

Poor dude can’t get a break… One of those painful what-ifs of the game. Hopefully, he’ll return soon enough and maybe he’ll be able to do something wonderful again. The gamefield is getting older on average, so who knows…

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