As was previously announced, the Australian Open organizers have confirmed Juan Martin del Potro is out from the first Major of the season in Melbourne for the fifth time in the last six years, still unable to compete at 100%.
Juan Martin is the third notable name that will miss the action at Melbourne Park after the five-time finalist Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori, requiring more time to get back at his best and hoping to make a return in February.
One of the nicest and most competitive players on the Tour in the previous decade, del Potro had to endure numerous injuries throughout his career, unable to meet his potential and chase more Major and Masters 1000 crowns after that US Open 2009 triumph at the age of 20!
To make things even worse, the Argentine had managed to come back at his best in 2017 and 2018, becoming world no. 3 year and a half ago before experiencing more setbacks, entering only 12 matches in the season behind us to drop out from the top-100 once again.
Ranked outside the top-1000 in February 2016, Juan Martin started from the rock bottom, battling through the comeback road and winning the silver medal at Rio Olympics before reaching the quarter-final at the US Open and lifting the title in Stockholm, his first in almost two years!
Juan Martin led Argentina towards the long-awaited Davis Cup crown in the closing stages of the season, using that momentum ahead of 2017 when he performed on a high level in a final couple of events to find himself in the top-20.
2018 saw even more reliable results, claiming back-to-back titles in Acapulco and Indian Wells for his first Masters 1000 crown, followed by the semi-final in Miami that established himself in the top-10. The Argentine lost to Rafael Nadal in the latter stages at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, advancing into the final at the US Open and Beijing, only to close the year after a knee injury in Shanghai against Borna Coric.
Eager to stay on the right course, Juan Martin made a slow return at Delray Beach last February, playing a couple of tournaments before experiencing another terrible luck at Queen's where he suffered a right patella injury for the second time in eight months, undergoing surgery on June 22.
In August, Juan Martin started to work in the gym and we could see some videos from the court recently, with Delpo working hard on a comeback that will have to wait at least until February as he can't endure the best-of-five matches in Melbourne at the moment.
Since 2007, the Tandil native has played only 28 encounters at the Australian Open, playing in the quarter-final in 2009 and 2012 and scoring only five wins since 2013. "Our two-time quarter-finalist Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from AusOpen 2020 as he continues to recover from a knee injury," the Australian Open organizers said. "Wishing you all the best with your recovery. We hope to see you back in Australia soon."