Juan Martin del Potro talks potential comeback, contemplating retirement in past


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Juan Martin del Potro talks potential comeback, contemplating retirement in past

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro went on an Instagram live with former NBA champion Manu Ginobili and spoke honestly about how he feels right now. Del Potro, 31, hasn't played in nearly a year as his last appearance on a tennis court came at the Queen's Club last June.

The Argentine slipped on the grass during his Queen's opener and fractured his right knee. The 31-year-old was able to finish his match against Denis Shapovalov and win in two sets but he pulled out from his following clash.

Shortly after, world No. 128 del Potro underwent yet another surgery to repair his damaged knee. Unfortunately, the 31-year-old's recovery didn't go as planned so he underwent another knee surgery this past January.

Per Jose Morgado, del Potro revealed to his fans on Instagram that he "wants to make a comeback" but he has a "lot of doubts." Del Potro, a former world No. 3, enjoyed a great 2018 season before it came to a disappointing end.

After fracturing his kneecap at the Shanghai Masters in 2018, the Argentine was forced to miss the Nitto ATP Finals and the whole first month of 2019. Del Potro admitted that now "it has been tough for him to go through the daily process."

The darkest period of del Potro's career was in 2014 and 2015, when he was forced to miss almost the entire seasons because of injuries. The Argentine made a comeback in 2016 and proved that he was still able to play at a high level.

Del Potro also revealed that he was "close to retiring in 2016" but the win over Serb Novak Djokovic "changed everything." At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Argentine edged out world No. 1 Djokovic in tight two sets 7-6 (4) 7-6 (2).