Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja paid tribute to Juan Martin del Potro who will likely retire after Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Del Potro, who has been plagued by various throughout his career, is set to play his first ATP event since 2019.
"Your service impressed us, your forehand made us fall in love, your charisma hooked us, and your heart conquered us! @delpotrojuan I wish you the best in whatever comes, tennis will miss you very much, and as your interviewer on multiple occasions at @eurosport, I will greatly miss entering a large center court and not finding you on the other side waiting for me with your simplicity and sympathy!
THANK YOU, DELPO," Corretja wrote on Instagram.
Del Potro wants to go out on his own terms
Del Potro didn't want to retire before playing again and saying a proper goodbye to the game. "Before I start this conference I would like to send a message," del Potro said in his press conference on Saturday.
"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," del Potro continued. "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."