Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro won't be returning to action in Asia as he has withdrawn from the Shanghai Masters. The former world No. 3 hasn't played since fracturing his kneecap at the Queen's Club in June.
Del Potro, 31, had just started playing more frequently after his knee surgery but then he re-fractured his kneecap. The 31-year-old's outstanding 2018 campaign came to an end on a disappointing and unfortunate way as he fractured his kneecap during a Shanghai round-of-16 match.
Del Potro, who has returned to the practice courts recently, won't be making his sixth appearance in Shanghai. Del Potro, who has fallen down to No. 70 in the world due to injuries, fell just short of winning it all at the Shanghai event in 2013.
Back then, the Argentine was edged out by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a thrilling final 6-1 3-6 7-6 (3). Meanwhile, a place in the Shanghai main draw has opened for rising Italian star Lorenzo Sonego following the withdrawal of del Potro.
The 24-year-old Italian, who won his maiden ATP title this year and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 46 in the world, is set for a Shanghai debut.