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Del Potro confirms he will play the French Open

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by Stephen Kelly

Photo: Del Potro during his victory over Marin Cilic in Madrid earlier this month (Daylife) After weeks of speculation, former US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro has confirmed he will play the French Open. The Argentine star has been troubled by a hip problem for the last two weeks and was forced to hand Rafael Nadal a walkover in Madrid.

The world number 27 subsequently returned to Argentina for treatment, prompting speculation that he would miss Roland Garros. However, the player this afternoon used his twitter account to end speculation, tweeting the following: "'It took much effort but we did it.' SEE YOU IN PARIS!!!! Greetings to all and thanks for all your messages!!" ("Con mucho esfuerzo, pero llegamos." NOS VEMOS EN PARIS!!!! Saludos a todos y gracias por sus mensajes!!) Del Potro's best performance in the clay major came in 2009 when he reached the semi-final before going down to eventual champ Roger Federer in a thrilling five-setter.

Del Potro's compatriot David Nalbandian has not recovered in time however after a virus slowed his recovery from a hernia operation forcing him out of the tournament for the third consecutive year..

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