Benoit Paire pays tribute to Juan Martin del Potro



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Benoit Paire pays tribute to Juan Martin del Potro

French tennis star Benoit Paire hopes Juan Martin del Potro will be able to continue his career after Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Del Potro, 33, has battled various injiuries throughout his career. Del Potro, a former world No.

3, suffered a major knee injury at the Queen's Club in 2019 and hasn't played since. Del Potro, who has had four knee surgeries since 2019, is set to play in Buenos Aires this week. Unfortunately, del Potro described it as "more of a farewell than a return."

"HUGE RESPECT FOR THIS PLAYER!! I hope it's more of a return than a goodbye, Juan Martin Del Potro," Paire wrote on Twitter after del Potro announced he will likely retire after Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Del Potro tried everything but nothing worked

"Before I start this conference I would like to send a message," del Potro said in his press conference, according to Eurosport.

"I have spent a lot of time thinking and imagining about this day, and I think this is one of the most difficult messages I will ever deliver. "I know that people are expecting me to return to tennis, but this may be more of a farewell than a return.

"I have strength to go forward but my knee is becoming a nightmare. I have been trying alternative treatments for a number of years, with different doctors and attempts to fix it. "But I have still not found a solution.

But I never imagined retiring from tennis without having the chance to say goodbye and I can't imagine a better tournament than Buenos Aires to do it. "After these weeks we will see what happens with my future, but I am clear that I want to live like a person of 33 years and try to not have pain.

"It's a difficult decision, but I wanted to make it clear." Del Potro will take on Federico Delbonis in the Buenos Aires first round on Tuesday.