Juan Martin del Potro pulls out of Rio de Janeiro, likely ends his career

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Juan Martin del Potro pulls out of Rio de Janeiro, likely ends his career

Former world No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from Rio de Janeiro and this likely means his career has come to an end. Del Potro, 33, announced last Saturday he will likely retire after Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Del Potro played in Buenos Aires this week, where he suffered a 6-1 6-3 loss to Federico Delbonis. The Rio organizers were "dreaming" of having del Potro at the tournament but the Argentine won't be making his Rio Open debut this year.

"Juan Martin Del Potro unfortunately will not compete at the Rio Open. It was always a dream to have him with us and we came very close to being able to fulfill it. We wish you much success in the future and know that the doors of the Rio Open will always be open to you, @delpotrojuan," the tournament tweeted.

Del Potro hinted he would skip Rio de Janeiro

After losing to Delbonis, del Potro indicated that was the last match of his career. "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 admitted he was a bit afraid of the moment where he would have to put an end to his career. "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."