Cordoba Open tournament director Marcelo Denti has revealed that the tournament's top goal in 2022 is to bring former world No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro to the tournament. The Cordona Open held its inaugural edition in 2019 and del Potro has never participated at the event.
Del Potro hasn't played since suffering a major knee injury at the Queen's Club in 2019. “I love the challenge,” Del Potro recently told ESPN of his injury struggles. “It could be a tennis challenge or a different challenge in life.
“This is the toughest match of my career, because I cannot deal with these kind of injuries, this pain that I have now. But I’m still trying and trying. “This is the life. I believe in myself that this is going to be in the past for sure.
“But I think it’s also a message to the young kids, to all the players, to all the people around the world that they never have to give up following a dream and that’s what I’m doing with myself."
Del Potro should be ready for the start of the 2022 season
The Cordona Open takes place in late February and by that time del Potro should already make his comeback. "The knee is much better for now. I’m still recovering, but I’m on court, which is a good thing for me," del Potro revealed.
“I’m looking forward to being ready in a couple of months. If everything goes well, next season will be fine to start. “When I was watching Medvedev’s match (at the US Open), it was a little bit frustrating to me to watch these guys play and [have] me [be on the] outside… to not be the guy who’s playing, fighting for the trophy.
“This is what’s happened to me at the moment, but I’m going to fight to keep moving and hopefully, next year, I can be a protagonist again and playing tennis."