Juan Monaco paid tribute to Juan Martin del Potro after the former world No. 3 likely played the last match of his career. On Saturday, del Potro said he will likely call it a career after playing Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
Del Potro fractured his kneecap at the Queen's Club in 2019 and underwent four surgeries to repair the damage. Del Potro was able to return to the court but the troublesome knee is still causing him pain. On Tuesday, del Potro suffered a 6-1 6-3 loss to Federico Delbonis in the Buenos Aires first round.
"Together we went through many very good moments, today I am sad because I know how much you love this sport, I wish you the best in everything that comes! @delpotrojuan you leave a huge legacy!" Monaco tweeted.
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"Now I am calm because my last match was possibly on the court and not in a press conference. I will always remember this," del Potro said after the match. Del Potro played his first match in two-and-a-half years.
After the match, del Potro admitted announcing his retirement was something extremely difficult for him. "The truth is that this is a moment I never wanted to come. Health leads me to have to make a decision: I made too much effort in these two and a half years," del Potro admitted.
"Sometimes I can lose. I do not have the strength that everyone believes. I think I fulfilled all the dreams in tennis and the most difficult thing to achieve, which is the affection of the people. "I feel like I've given it all.
This is a day I never wanted to come, but I'm going to remember it for the rest of my life." Del Potro captured his lone Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2009.