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The Truth About Del Potro’s Wrist…By A Fan

May 5, 2010

Today JuanMartin del Potro let the world know via a letter to a radio station that he has undergone surgery on his wrist. His return to tour is uncertain and depends on how fast his wrist heals. He had his surgery done at the Mayo clinic by a leading hand specialist. His letter, translated by Google, is as follows:

Dear friends,

I decided to write because I want you to know by my own words of what is happening to me. Today, Tuesday, May 4, my ulnar extensor tendon in my right wrist carpal will be operated on by Dr. Berger, a specialist in the field, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Throughout this year, I wanted to avoid surgery with different treatments, but obviously the injury was more serious. I came to the United States, the doctor did tests on the court and various studies to locate the points of pain. And there he made the decision to the operation.

As you all understand, is not a happy moment in my life. But I’m used to fighting adversity and I have all the forces to move this forward. So, I wanted to break the news myself.  I will not to explain what don´t exist.  But the wrong information not only affects my family, my team and the people who take care of me. It also affects you who read news that isn´t true.

The recovery time is long but it depends on many factors that today can not be measured because it is so recent. I will spend the first days of the post-operation phase here and days after I will return to Argentina, where I´ll inform you about every step of my recovery. I understand your anxiety, but I hope you understand my point.

Finally, I want to thank all the fans who showed me unconditional support. Those who crossed the streets of my country and those who encouraged me from anywhere in the world via the Internet. Now I will need you more than ever. You are phenomenal and your strength gives me great motivation to return. So enjoy and be together.

Thank you very much everybody,
Juan Martin Del Potro

Since he has written the letter much has been said about the middle paragraph where del Potro addresses the rumours that he has been suffering from panic attacks and depression. Unfortunately these rumours have been fuelled by the likes of Peter Bodo, who in his latest blog almost went as far as to suggest that del Potro took the time off before his surgery because he was nervous about returning to competition. Many more blogs and so-called tennis writers have been quick to jump on the ‘del Potro’s mind hurts more than his wrist’ bandwagon for varying reasons. The reasons range from:

a) we don’t really know what is wrong with his wrist but it surely is taking a long time to recover… therefore he must be suffering from mental problems

b) we have heard conflicting reports about when he is due back which makes us think that he is delaying his return due to mental problems and finally

c) he didn’t exactly clear up the rumours in his letter so they must be true.

Here’s what I, a long time fan of del Potro, has to say to all the bloggers, writers, and fairweather fans out there.

ARE YOU FUCKING NUTS??? ARE YOU SERIOUSLY THAT DESPERATE FOR A STORY THAT YOU HAVE TO LIE ABOUT THE MENTAL STATE OF A 21 YEAR OLD WITH A SORE WRIST FOR ATTENTION? ARE YOU THAT BORED WITH FEDERER AND NADAL WINNING EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE TO TURN ON ONE OF THE GAME’S PROMISING YOUNG STARS? ARE YOU SO BITTER ABOUT ANDY MURRAY’S RECENT LOSSES THAT YOU ARE GOING AGAINST HIS RIVAL? ARE YOU REALLY THAT BORED,DESPERATE, AND PATHETIC??!!

People, there is NOTHING to read into!! Del Potro probably has shed some tears and suffered some anxiety over the state of his wrist.GUESS WHAT, I spent the morning in tears over this news. I have been nervous about his wrist. Does this mean I too qualify for electric shock treatment? Is it really that abnormal to think that Juan might be a little bit upset over the state of his wrist? Did it cross your puny minds that perhaps he loves tennis so much that he was desperate to get back out there and knew surgery would delay his wrist even further? That he isn’t anxious because he is feeling the pressure but because he wants to hit the fucking court??? That these so called players who are hitting against him and claim his shots are as good as ever might actually suck at tennis and therefore not have a clue what a good del Potro shot is? That they are bitter that he can beat them with an injured wrist?? That perhaps del Potro can still hit a bloody good shot with his sore wrist but he cannot do it over a long period of time? That perhaps the doctor’s really didn’t know if he needed surgery because guess what, DOCTOR’S ARE NOT USUALLY KEEN TO JUMP STRAIGHT ONTO THE SCALPEL UNLIKE YOU LOT!

All this talk has really gotten to me. I havent posted this much of unprofessional, angry blog here ever before but Bodo’s article really sent me over the edge.

Ladies and Gentlemen, del Potro is fine. He has a bad wrist. He is having surgery. He will return to tennis sometime this year or at the start of next year. The most we can do is support him on and off court and prey for his speedy recovery. And that is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Get better soon del Potro, we all miss you.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2010 10:11 pm

    Its a shame. Hope to see him back soon as possible.

  2. neil grahame permalink
    October 5, 2010 12:33 am

    I’ve recently torn my ECU tendon and it is very painful, does not respond to conservative treatment, and is not compatible with playing tennis. It is also quite frankly depressing because it doesn’t heal well.

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