Juan Martin Del Potro says he will be ready to resume his tennis career at the start of next season ‘if everything goes well.’
Del Potro is arguably tennis’ most universally popular player, but he is also the game’s most unlucky one.
Wrist injuries dominated the start of his career and knee problems have ravaged the end latter stages of it.
However, after being seen at the US Open to watch Daniil Medvedev quarterfinal, he finally had a positive injury update for fans.
“The knee is much better for now,” Del Potro told ESPN. “I’m still recovering, but I’m on court, which is a good thing for me.
“I’m looking forward to being ready in a couple of months. If everything goes well, next season will be fine to start.”
Del Potro has suffered setback after setback since fracturing his knee cap for a second time at Queens in 2019.
He has had four operations to try and correct the problem since his last match, but he is steadfastly refusing to give up.
“I love the challenge,” Del Potro told ESPN of his injury struggles. “It could be a tennis challenge or a different challenge in life.
“This is the toughest match of my career, because I cannot deal with these kind of injuries, this pain that I have now. But I’m still trying and trying.
“This is the life. I believe in myself that this is going to be in the past for sure.
“But I think it’s also a message to the young kids, to all the players, to all the people around the world that they never have to give up following a dream and that’s what I’m doing with myself.”
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