Former NBA champion Manu Ginobili had some encouraging words for former world No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro when they went live on Instagram. Del Potro, 31, hasn't played since he slipped on the grass of the Queen's Club last June and fractured his right knee.
The Argentine injured his knee during his Queen's opener against Canadian Denis Shapovalov but was still able to win in two sets. After the match was over, the tests revealed that the 31-year-old had suffered a major knee injury.
Del Potro pulled out from his Queen's round-of-16 match and shortly after underwent a knee surgery. Unfortunately, del Potro's comeback didn't go as planned as he was forced to undergo another knee surgery this past January.
Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, has dealt with various injuries throughout his career. Per Jose Morgado, del Potro revealed during his Instagram live that he "wants to comeback" but he has a "lot of doubts."
"If you feel well and comeback, great. But if you don't comeback, remember that you made a lot more than the milions who wanted to be in your place," Ginobili told del Potro, per Jose Morgado. Del Potro, now ranked at No.
128 in the world, was playing an outstanding tennis in 2018 before he fractured his kneecap at the Shanghai Masters. The Argentine returned to action in last year's February at the Delray Beach, where he made the quarterfinal. The 31-year-old played only five events before he reinjured his troublesome knee.