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'I am not ready to give up!' - Defiant Juan Martin del Potro vows to reject retirement

Juan Martin del Potro at French Open

Juan Martin del Potro has rejected speculation he may be about to quit tennis, vowing instead to carry on battling his latest injury woes. 

The Argentinian has seen his career decimated by injuries, and has not played for almost 18 months after refracturing his kneecap at Queens last year.

His initial recovery from surgery then did not go as planned, forcing him to undergo yet another operation to try and get him back on court.

However, Del Potro says he will continue to fight for his career, with the Tokyo Olympics next year a major target.

"To be honest, it takes a lot for me to make a comeback. It has become very challenging for me, but I'm not ready to give up.

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"I refuse to finish my career outside the court and would love to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer.

"The passion for the game is still here, keeping me motivated despite all the troubles.

"I changed the way I hit the ball after several wrist injuries, but I can't change how I move to help my knees.

"Still, the Tokyo Olympics had been moved to 2021 due to the pandemic, and that gave me extra strength to work on my comeback."

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