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Del Potro On The Mend

July 18, 2010
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Juan Martin del Potro, the US Open champion with an injury that has resulted in his only playing four matches this year, tweeted 2 days ago about the progress of his wrist. From a rough Spanish translation thanks to Google his wrist is on the mend and is actually healing faster than expected. He is focusing on strengthing work in the gym and should be picking up a racket really soon. Even better, he has set a date for his return! He told the local media that he expects to be back for Davis Cup in September… that’s September the 17th… so 61 days from now!!! However he hopes to be back even sooner:

“Davis Cup is a good date for returning to the tour but I hope I can come back sooner. I don’t want to have any illusions. I don’t know when I can return to playing with the racket. But I’ll train hard to prepare.”

I don’t want any illusions either but the seed of hope has been planted… hopefully it’s not all dashed away! Of course a return at the US Open would be wonderful and awesome and even if he went out first round it’d still be amazing to see him… but it’s probably a little hopeful. Del Potro is obviously following all medical advice and treating this with caution and patience so I’m sure whatever decision he makes will be the right one.

Get better soon del Potro, the tour sure is better with you around

UPDATE: 23/07/10

The USTA have del Potro on the entry list for the US Open. Rumour is he has started training, but then there have been people claiming they have contacted del Potro’s camp and that he is not yet hitting. The last we heard from him he was close to picking up a racket. Guess we will have to wait until he confirms, until then, fingers crossed.

He has also been entered in the Thailand Open.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. passingshot permalink
    July 20, 2010 2:29 am

    There are Del Potro injuries. And then there are Serena “injuries”. She says she is currently awaiting surgery (!!) for a gash to the sole of her foot from broken glass in a restaurant. Seems to be really troubling her. Check this out: http://www.etonline.com/news/2010/07/89103/

  2. passingshot permalink
    July 22, 2010 4:39 am

    .. and more. Comment this time.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/bruce_jenkins/07/20/serena/

    So the question is, apart from Serena, are there other top players whose injuries are questionable, to say the least?

    • Keith permalink
      July 22, 2010 5:05 pm

      Federer’s back and leg?

  3. passingshot permalink
    July 22, 2010 8:00 pm

    Anything to support that?

    • Keith permalink
      July 23, 2010 2:08 am

      Dunno, just that several tennis journos have been questioning these injuries in their articles. Just like the one you quoted.

      Ergo, they’re questionable.

  4. passingshot permalink
    July 23, 2010 3:00 am

    Sorry to differ, but not “just like the one (you) quoted”.

    A whole article has been written by a mainstream tennis journo (above) questioning Serena’s claim to injuries, which he says are never adequately explained. Serena says she has an injury that requires surgery to the foot without explaining how it could have happened, indicates she will be off the tour for a period – again – she took 3 months off earlier this year because of apparent injury and then roared back into the grand slams, as she always seems to do – and is seen and photographed cavorting on her injured foot without a care in the world.

    Federer has been recently criticised for claiming after his loss to Berdych at Wimbledon that he had leg and back pain, when this wasn’t apparent to anyone including his opponent. That’s about it. He may have been in pain – he still played and finished the match. Indeed, Federer has been treated for back injury in the past – that is not questioned – but unlike some other players, he has NEVER withdrawn from a match because of claimed injury or taken lengthy periods off the tour for questionable reasons – he had a badly rolled ankle at the end of ’05 and took a month off, he played (relatively poorly) after mono in ’08 (which he had at the end of ’07), and I recall he missed a masters earlier this year from a lung infection. His form has also generally slipped after his ailments, as you would expect. He certainly doesn’t play the tennis of his life through constant debilitating injury, as some appear to do, and recover overnight from his (few) injuries – he’s been on the tour for over ten years – or undertake unspecified “miracle” cures that fail to help other less fortunate players.

    Not a great example of the “Serena syndrome”, if you look a little more closely at his record.

  5. July 23, 2010 2:38 pm

    Nice post. I really hope he’s better for the US Open!

    By the way, I’ve linked to your blog from mine, http://www.tenaciouslytennis.com.

    I’ll be sure to keep checking out your site.
    -Ben

    • July 25, 2010 5:55 am

      Hi there, thanks for the link. I have linked back 🙂

      ‘If you are bored with life, you are too stupid to think of something to do’

      -Ernests Gulbis 2010

  6. passingshot permalink
    July 25, 2010 7:12 am

    Kaitepai, I would absolutely agree – Man did land on the moon – the “landing” wasn’t staged in a warehouse in Arizona – and George Bush can’t be linked to 9/11 except for the tragic war that followed. And, yep, Phelps has flippers for feet, and Usain – well, as a natural athlete he is way faster than a generation of juiced sprinters, so Idon’t know.

    But I also do know that drugs in sport exist. The more you find out about it – the evidence for it – the more you come to the conclusion that there would be no professional sport without it. That sure takes the fun out of it.

    Like you, I have a great love for a beautiful game. But I have my doubts, as many now do, that tennis is immune from that which has infected so many other professional sports. Check this out from editor Abigail Lorge of “Tennis.com”, April 29 2010, “Covering Tennis in the Doping Age”:

    “I’m concerned that performance-enhancing drug use is more prevalent in tennis’ upper ranks than anyone would like to admit at this point. But overall, I’m hoping that there are more clean players than “bad seeds,” and I certainly don’t think that tennis is a complete sham, as track and field was for much of the 1990s and 2000s. ”

    Now, that is optimism. Sure we can keep watching, but only with our eyes open. Cheers.

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