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Del Potro: 'I Promise To Keep Fighting'

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del Potro© AFP/Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro withdrew from Dubai on Tuesday with a left wrist injury.

Juan Martin del Potro took to Facebook on Tuesday to issue an apology after he retired due to a left wrist injury versus Somdev Devvarman at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The World No. 5 wrote to his 1.2 million followers, “First of all I want to thank you for the support that is coming from all over the world. Of course, it is a sad moment for me. This is not what I planned when I was doing the tough pre-season training in December, when I dreamed about having the chance of getting closer to the top players. However, it is not the first obstacle I find during my career. If I have learnt something, it's to get up after I fall.

“The wrist problem has been worrying me for two years, with ups and downs. But [I have] always [had] the support of my team, my family, my friends and of course you, who always stood there during [the] good and bad times. Despite this wrist issue and missing [2013] Roland Garros because of illness, I did pretty well and could equal my career-high singles ranking.

“These days it's frustrating not being able to play like I could if I were healthy. I have full confidence in my doctor, Richard Berger, who found the solution to the other wrist injury in 2010. I will follow his advice and will do the rehabilitation exercises he suggested, and then we will evaluate the steps to follow. 

“Again, thanks for the support! I promise to keep fighting as I always did.”

Form & Fitness: Del Potro - Getting The Wrist Right

Del Potro is next scheduled to compete at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament of the year.

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