Juan Martin del Potro hits clay courts ahead of 2022 return

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Juan Martin del Potro hits clay courts ahead of 2022 return

Juan Martin del Potro has shared another positive update in his recovery process as this week he posted photos from the practice court. Del Potro, a former world No. 3, was practicing on clay courts this week and that could suggest that he is planning to return to action in February when clay tournaments in South America take place.

Del Potro has had four knee surgeries since 2019 but at the US Open he said he is not backing down from the challenge of trying to make another comeback.

“I love the challenge,” Del Potro 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 said it was 'frustrating' to watch others plays

Being at the US Open and unable to play wasn't easy for del Potro.

"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, 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."