Del Potro To Undergo Right Knee Surgery On Monday
Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro will undergo a “new intervention” on his right knee in Miami on Monday, according to his team.
“We hope that this is the definitive solution to eliminate the pain that not only has prevented DelPo from playing tennis, but also making it difficult for him to perform daily activities,” his team wrote in a statement. “After his previous operation performed in June by Dr. Ángel Ruiz Cotorro in Barcelona, the recovery progressed, but pain persisted throughout, which prevented DelPo from running and jumping, and even activities such as walking up stairs.
“Despite the pain he remained active, regaining muscle and leg strength, hoping to return quickly to the circuit. In addition to rehabilitation, he trained in the gym and on the tennis court with reduced mobility. According to his doctor’s time frame, DelPo was aiming to return to the tournaments in Stockholm and Vienna [last October].
“Unfortunately the pain never left, which forced the cancellation of these tennis commitments and spurred Delpo to seek new medical consultations. What followed next were lots of trips, different treatments, diets and training, until reaching the medical conclusion that a new surgery was required and inevitable.”
Del Potro last competed at last June’s Fever-Tree Championships in London, where he fractured his right patella for the second time in less than a year during a victory against Denis Shapovalov. The 22-time tour-level champion missed the last four weeks of the 2018 season and was limited to just four tournaments before arriving at Queen's Club in 2019 after breaking his patella at the 2018 Rolex Shanghai Masters.
The Argentine has successfully returned from injury before, winning ATP Comeback Player of the Year in the ATP Awards in 2011 and 2016.