Juan Martin Del Potro’s injury jinx has struck again and forced the Argentine star to miss the rest of this season following his second wrist operation in four years. The world number eight had started the year in impressive form by winning the Apia International in Sydney in January, but the 23-year old was forced to withdraw from a string of events in the weeks after that victory and accepted defeat in his bid to play through the pain barrier at the end of March.
Del Potro, who shocked the Betfair odds to win the 2009 U.S. Open title, spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering his first wrist injury in 2010, missing eight months of action after an operation on his right wrist.
While the Argentinean managed to work his way back into the world’s top-ten following his return to tennis from injury, but it wasn’t long before Del Potro began to suffer a similar problem with his left wrist to the injury he had with his right in 2010.
Despite trying a number of methods in the hope of avoiding surgery, Del Potro has now ruled himself out of the remaining three grand slams of the season, admitting he is now focused on returning from his latest setback next year.
“Obviously, it’s not the easiest choice or the happiest moment of my career,” Del Potro admitted.
“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’s wrist problems have forced him to adapt his style. The big-hitting South American is right-handed but uses a two-handed backhand, and has been forced to often play with a single-handed sliced backhand in recent years in order to protect his wrist.