American tennis star Frances Tiafoe paid a touching tribute to Juan Martin del Potro following the Argentine's loss in Buenos Aires. On Saturday, del Potro announced he will likely retire after playing Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
On Tuesday, Federico Delbonis defeated del Potro 6-1 6-3 in the Buenos Aires first round. "Man this is crazy. I really hope this ain't your last match. But if it is I want to say thank you. You were my favorite player growing up.
I remember watching you at the @citiopen as a kid. You were the first pro to ever sign a ball for me. After that I was a mega fan. I remember saying to my coach this guy is going to win the @usopen one day and you did it. I cried in 09 when you did.
I sound like a completely fanboy right now because I'm. What you went through in your career and still achieve what you did is remarkable. You are a Hall of Famer in my eyes. Living legend. I got nothing but love and respect for your man.
Walk with your head up forever man you left a big mark on this game. Give this man his love," Tiafoe wrote on Instagram.
Del Potro was playing his match in two-and-a-half years
Del Potro fractured his kneecap at the Queen's Club in 2019.
Del Potro had four surgeries to repair the damage but the knee is still causing him pain. Del Potro started the Del Bonis match with a break but then lost his serve in three consecutive games as Del Bonis won six games in a row to comfortably win the opener.
Del Potro led 3-2 after the opening give games ot the second set but then Del Bonis claimed back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and seal a straight-set win. After the loss, del Potro hinted that was probably his last match.