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Juan Martin del Potro will start his 2018 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

Del Potro Joined By 1,000-Plus To Kick Off Preseason

Argentine will start 2018 season in Auckland

Some players start their off-season on a quiet court with their coaches and trainers. Other players prefer a crowd.

Juan Martin del Potro started his preseason activities on Saturday under a sunny sky and in front of more than 1,000 fans in Posta Natural in Tandil, Argentina. Delpo invited his fans via Twitter, asking them to come watch his practice and donate non-perishable food for the Fundación Banco de Alimentos de Tandil.

Watch Del Potro Launch His 2017 Preseason

“The idea was to give back to Tandil a bit of the love and support that I receive throughout the year and to help out the foundation 'Banco de Alimentos'. It was an amazing day and everyone had a great time,” Del Potro said.

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Fans appreciated the opportunity, cheering after every rally between Del Potro and his sparring partner Alejo Prado. Del Potro will open his 2018 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland and will compete at the Australian Open for the first time since 2014. The 29-year-old Del Potro finished 2017 at No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

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