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Del Potro Unable To Defend US Open Crown

New York, U.S.A.

Juan Martin del Potro© Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro has been sidelined since competing at the Australian Open in January.

Juan Martin del Potro has announced that he will not be able to defend his US Open crown this year. The Argentine has been sidelined since January with a right wrist injury and underwent surgery on 4 May at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“I feel extremely sad to announce that I will not to be able to defend my US Open title,” said the 21-year-old del Potro. “Winning in New York last year has been my major accomplishment in tennis and my best memory so far.  I am so sorry for my fans, my sponsors and all the people that care about me, but I have only started practising in the last two weeks and unfortunately I cannot compete at the top level yet.  I look forward to returning to New York in 2011 and wish all the best to the tournament organizers and my fellow players."

US Open Tournament Director Jim Curley added: "It is unfortunate that Juan Martin has not recovered from wrist surgery in time to defend his US Open title. We wish him all the best and look forward to his return to New York next year."

The Tandil native became the first Argentine to capture the US Open title since Guillermo Vilas in 1977 when he defeated Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer back-to-back at Flushing Meadows last year. He went on to finish the season a personal-best No. 5 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings after reaching the final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (l. to Davydenko).

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