Emotional Juan Martin del Potro announces retirement from tennis



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Emotional Juan Martin del Potro announces retirement from tennis

The 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro will most likely end his career in a couple of weeks! The Argentine has been dealing with a knee injury for years, giving his best to recover and play competitive tennis again, but losing all the hopes after numerous surgeries and no improvements.

Juan Martin called a press conference in Buenos Aires and explained he attends to play Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro and make a farewell, having no further plans in his beloved sport. In September 2018, del Potro defeated Rafael Nadal in the US Open semi-final and lost the title clash to Novak Djokovic.

Former Major champion experienced two severe knee injuries in the following nine months and underwent surgeries, staying away from the Tour since Queen's 2019. Juan Martin has had eight surgeries since 2010, and he has decided to stop pushing his body to the limits and live as a regular young man.

Juan Martin del Potro will retire from tennis in the upcoming weeks.

The Argentine became a Major champion at a young age at the 2009 US Open, beating Roger Federer in five sets and setting eyes on tennis glory. Still, his progress was halted by wrist issues, losing positions on the ATP ranking list and undergoing three surgeries in 2014 and 2015 to start all over.

Del Potro claimed over 30 ATP wins in 2016 and again in 2017, cracking the top-20 in the latter season and looking like a player who can reach the top. Juan Martin's best tennis was reserved for 2018, conquering the first Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells over Roger Federer and cracking the top-10 at the beginning of the season for the first time since August 2014!

After becoming a Major contender, he Argentine fractured his right kneecap against Borna Coric in Shanghai in October. Next February, Juan Martin returned to action in Delray Beach and played only five tournaments and 12 matches in 2019.

He experienced an identical injury to Shanghai's against Denis Shapovalov at Queen's, beating the Canadian but not playing ever since! Delpo underwent surgery a couple of days later in Barcelona and made a slow return to the practice court later that year.

The pain would not go away, though, and the Argentine had to skip the 2020 Australian Open for the fifth time in the previous six years! Juan Martin underwent surgeries in January and August 2020, and he needed another in Chicago in March 2021.

Despite giving his best in the past 11 months, del Potro can not reach his old level or play without the pain. One of the most respected players on the Tour in the past 15 years will play at least one more match before saying farewell to his fans and the sport he loves so much.