Shock in the world of tennis, Juan Martin del Potro, champion of US Open 2009, from Davis cup and multiple Olympic medalist He says goodbye to tennis at the Argentina Open which starts this Monday, and its rival -probably the last in his career-, will be Frederic Delbonis.
Ad: “It’s more of a farewell than a return. I am living a nightmare with my knee. I never imagined a retirement if it wasn’t playing on a field. I did not find better tournament than Buenos Aires to do it. Today I have to choose to live as a 33-year-old without pain. I never lowered my arms. It is a difficult decision and I wanted to communicate it“.
The sensations in a possible farewell before a friend: “I can’t wait to get on the court on Tuesday. It’s hard to deal with so much pain. I hope you have a nice day. I had to play with a friend. With Fede we share the most important moments in our lives and I will surely share an unforgettable one“.
Delpo’s competitiveness: “Sports is a bit on the sidelines. My essence will be to play and win until the last point. I will want to win. With this injury I always said that I would not lower my arms. The farewell had to be on a court and not in a conference.”
His treatment and dialogue with Manu Ginóbili: “I needed to make the decision to face this tournament and the one to come in Rio, where I was very happy with tennis. I don’t have much in mind for the future. I talked a lot with Manu Ginóbili, who recommended doctors and physiotherapists for my knee“.
Possible ‘miraculous return’ in the future and the Andy Murray case: “Tuesday’s game will remain in the memory of both. I do not rule out continuing to consult doctors and maybe you can change the situation as step with Murray or Andujar“.