Del Potro On The Mend
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
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.