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Del Potro Returns In Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

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Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro will return to the ATP World Tour next week at the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok. The former World No. 4, who now finds himself at No. 35 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings, underwent right wrist surgery 4 May in the United States. He has not played since a fourth-round appearance at the Australian Open in January eight months ago.

The 6’ 6” Argentine tweeted today: “I am extremely happy to tell you: I WILL PLAY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!! Will be in the BANGKOK tournament next Monday. Thanks so much for everything !”

Del Potro will leave Argentina Thursday and arrive in Bangkok Saturday for just his second tournament of the year.

On 23 August, del Potro officially withdrew from the US Open, marking just the third time (1971-Rosewall and 2003-Sampras) in the Open Era that the defending champion did not compete. When he announced his withdrawal, del Potro said: “I feel extremely sad to announce that I will not to be able to defend my US Open title. 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.”

Also competing in Bangkok are World No. 1 and new US Open champion Rafael Nadal and Roland Garros semi-finalist Jurgen Melzer, who is chasing a singles berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, having already secured a doubles spot at the season finale with German Philipp Petzschner.

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