Argentina tennis star Juan Martin del Potro is all set to undergo another knee surgery. Despite the latest setback, the former World No.3 is confident of representing his country at the Tokyo Olympics. The 2009 US Open champion has not played competitive tennis after fracturing his kneecap in 2019 at the Queen’s Club, London. The 32-year-old has undergone three knee operations in that timeframe.
Del Potro on Monday announced the decision to have a surgery while informing his fans that he is currently staying in Chicago. Alongside a video, he wrote on Instagram: “Hey there! I wanted to say hello and tell you I’m currently in Chicago. I’ve been consulting Dr Jorge Chahla and the news is that tomorrow I’ll undergo another surgery on my knee.”
The Tokyo Olympics will begin in July this year and the Argentine tennis player is confident of returning in time for the event. Explaining his decision, he further wrote, “We’ve tried conservative therapy but the pain is still there. He knows I want to play tennis again and be able to play the Olympics, so we agreed that surgery should be done as soon as possible.”
A two-time Olympic medallist, Del Potro has bagged a bronze at the 2012 London Olympics and a silver medal in Rio 2016. On the personal front, things have not been easy for the 32-year-old since he lost his father in January this year. In the social media post, he has also opened up about his father’s demise.
“Of course, these last few weeks weren’t easy for me. Everything’s so hard since my father’s passing. But also, I feel the strength he sends me from above. I had this day in which I woke up and called the doctor. I knew I had to try again,” he added.
He concluded by writing, “I hope I can overcome this painful situation. I won’t stop trying. Of course, your messages and best wishes are always welcomed. Thanks for the love. Take care.”