Former world No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro reveals he has been sleeping with pain for two-and-a-half years and now his main goal is to be able to live without pain. Del Potro has had many injury breaks throughout his career and his latest injury break saw him sidelined for two-and-a-half years.
Del Potro has had four knee surgeries since suffering a major knee injury at the Queen's Club in 2019. "I've been sleeping with pain for two-and-a-half years. I used to drive three-and-a-half hours to Tandil and now I have to stop to stretch my leg.
I don't like it, but it's what I have to do. My fight is about health and winning quality of life," del Potro said, according to the ATP website.
Del Potro happy with his career
Del Potro has spent way too much time sidelined but still he became a Grand Slam champion in 2009.
"Unfortunately I had to deal with many injuries, but I achieved most of the things I wanted to achieve,” del Potro reflected. “Maybe I won't have a miraculous return to tennis like I always had. It's very difficult for me to play, especially on a day-to-day basis, beyond sport.
"Today, if I'm honest, I have to give this message. I can't say I'm going for a miracle because it's not true. I know the ability I have with tennis, but I also know the limitations with my physique. We'll see later”. Del Potro will liikely retire after Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
Del Potro faces Federico Delbonis in the Buenos Aires first round. “I'm going to play and I can't wait to get on the court on Tuesday. These is why I had surgery last time (...) I couldn't ask for another rival other than Fede, together we share the happiest days.
"Beyond the anguish and sadness, I want Tuesday to be an unforgettable day. Having the tournament in Buenos Aires made me feel like it was now or never again."