Del Potro To Undergo Wrist Surgery
by ATP Staff|
World No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro announced that he will undergo surgery on Monday to treat a recurring left wrist injury.
The 2009 US Open champion posted a message on Facebook about his plan.
"I want to tell you that after a period of medical treatment, in which we tried to be competitive on a tennis court, and following new examinations done today, my doctor Richard Berger, decided that I should have surgery to fix the problem on my left wrist. It will be tomorrow, Monday, 24 March," wrote del Potro.
"Obviously, it's not the easiest choice or the happiest moment of my career. I experienced a similar situation and I know how hard it is to be out of the tour, the desire to return, the endless weeks of recovery and how difficult it is to start fighting for the top spots in the rankings again."
Del Potro had previously struggled with injury in his right wrist, which sidelined him for eight months in 2010 and prevented him from defending his Grand Slam crown. The 25 year old underwent surgery to treat his wrist, and since his return has won 11 titles, including his 18th at the Apia International Sydney this January (d. Tomic).
The Argentine first suffered pain in his left wrist in August 2012 and received treatment injections for the injury at the 2013 US Open. The pain resurfaced at the 2014 Australian Open, where he fell to Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round. The injury also hindered his performance in Dubai, forcing him to retire from his opening match. He has since withdrawn from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.
"As always, thank you to those who express their support in any part of Argentina and the world, during tournaments, on the streets or social networks," del Potro said in closing his online message. "The strength you send me and my desire will be crucial during my recovery."