Juan Martin Del Potro: A Career Ravaged By Injuries


Juan Martin Del Potro: A Career Ravaged By Injuries

Juan Martin Del Potro has been one of the best and most lethal tennis players in the ATP tour for the last 12 years. The Argentine who sensationally won the US Open 2009 has a game that is effective on hard, grass as well as clay courts. His career however has been deeply affected by injuries and constant absence from the tour. The great player from Argentina would have otherwise achieved greater heights in his career. 

Juan Martin Del Potro: Great Start To The Career

Juan Martin Del Potro: A Career Ravaged By Injuries
Juan Martin Del Potro: A Career Ravaged By Injuries

He turned pro in 2005 but had a truly career breakout year in 2009. He first reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open and the semi-final of the French Open. Del Potro’s biggest tennis moment came in 2009 US Open when he lifted the title in New York. The great Argentinean did it the hard way. He beat the two best tennis players on the tour then in the march to his title win. The hard-hitting baseliner beat Rafael Nadal in the semis and the 5 times defending champion Roger Federer in the tournament final.

The 198 cm tall star famously known as, ‘tower of tandil’, was hailed as one of the best players on the tour then. He has climbed to the ATP singles ranking of world number 4. However, soon Del Potro’s career like many other tennis players would go into a downslide due to the wrist injury. He was out of the tour for most of 2010, even unable to defend his US Open title. The hard-hitting right-hander with a lethal forehand went out f the top 250 rankings. 

Victories And Constant Injury Issues

Juan Martin Del Potro: A Career Ravaged By Injuries
Juan Martin Del Potro: A Career Ravaged By Injuries

Over the last 10 years, Juan Martin Del Potro has been constantly battling many injuries and absences on the tour. In 2018 he was again looking at his best as he won that dramatic Indian Wells final against Roger Federer. He was regularly defeating the best tennis players on the tour including Rafa Nadal in the 2018 US Open final. Del Potro finished as the runner up in the US Open 2018 and rose to the career-best ranking of world number 3.

However, towards the end of 2018 in the Shanghai Open, he suffered a knee fracture that has kept mostly away from the tour. Del Potro’s 2019 comeback was cut short by the injury resurfacing in the Queen’s Cup. He has however despite these issues been one of the best tennis players on the ATP tour. The Argentine’s great forehand is among the 3 best on the tour along with fellow great players Federer and Nadal. His serve is one of the fastest and his groundstrokes are equally effective being loaded with speed and topspin. 

Del Potro is currently ranked as the world number 120 in the ATP singles rankings. This is no way reflects his real status as one of the best tennis players in the last 10 years. He has won 22 singles career titles including a Grand Slam and Masters 1000 trophy. He also won the silver medal for Argentina in the Rio 2016 Olympics. If not for those constant trysts with injury, Del Potro had the talent and game to go down among the greatest tennis players in history. The great Argentine is still fighting for another comeback in the ATP tour.

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