Top-ranked Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman is hoping to see fellow compatriot Juan Martin del Potro soon back onto the courts. Del Potro, a former world No. 3, hasn't played since suffering a major knee injury at the Queen's Club in 2019.
Since then, del Potro has had four knee surgeries but he is refusing to quit. Del Potro, 32, is expected to return to tennis next season. "We all finally need to see Juan Martin Del Potro on a tennis court and more particularly here in Argentina," Schwartzman said, per We Love Tennis.
Del Potro loves a challenge
Del Potro won his maiden Grand Slam at the 2009 US Open but injuries prevented him from becoming a major force on the Tour and likely a multiple time Grand Slam champion and world No. 1. “I love the challenge,” Del Potro told ESPN of his injury struggles.
“It could be a tennis challenge or a different challenge in life. “This is the toughest match of my career, because I cannot deal with these kind of injuries, this pain that I have now. But I’m still trying and trying.
“This is the life. I believe in myself that this is going to be in the past for sure. “But I think it’s also a message to the young kids, to all the players, to all the people around the world that they never have to give up following a dream and that’s what I’m doing with myself."
Del Potro, who was present at this past US Open, is hoping to be ready for start of the 2022 season. "The knee is much better for now. I’m still recovering, but I’m on court, which is a good thing for me," del Potro revealed.
“I’m looking forward to being ready in a couple of months. If everything goes well, next season will be fine to start."