Juan Martin Del Potro: "I will work hard for the US Open"
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Just over a year after his retirement was announced, Juan Martin Del Potro's career could register yet another high point. The player from Tandil, who turned 34 last September, has during these fourteen months reflected at length on the possibility of a final rush, aiming at one tournament in particular, the Us Open, which he won in 2009 and at which, therefore is particularly related.
"My goal is to be ready to play an official match of the tournament," said the Argentine in the words collected by Livetennis. He then added: "I don't know if I'll be 100% or not but, at least, if my last tennis match is to be this year, I want it to be at the US Open.
I will work hard for the last time, maybe, in my career, and then you never know. God will decide if I'm ready or not." Del Potro's intention, therefore, is more than clear: the dream is to close the circle in Flushing Meadows.
The reactions of USTA and the director of the US Open
Despite being Argentinian, Juan Martin Del Potro's professional life owes a great deal to the United States. It is here, in fact, that he reached the highest moment of his career by winning the US Open on September 14, 2009.
On that day, Del Potrò ended world number one Roger Federer's 40-game winning streak on the circuit and captured his first and only career Grand Slam. A career that, however, saw him bring home 22 titles and place third in the ATP ranking (2018).
Precisely because of his strong link with Flushing Meadows, the Argentine's words regarding a return to the field at the 2023 US Open were greeted with great enthusiasm by the leaders of US tennis. "Juan Martin is a true fan favorite at the US Open, he is an exceptional player, kind, we would be thrilled to have this former champion join us and this year's tournament," commented the USTA (United States Tennis Association).
These statements were also followed by the reaction of Stacey Allaster, director of the US Open. Photo Credits: Kathy Willens/Associated Press