Juan Martin del Potro is away from the ATP Tour since June 2019. Former world number 3, today he is out of the top 150 of the ATP rankings. His latest success on the Tour is represented by the beautiful victory over Roger Federer in the final of Indian Wells 2018, which ended in the tiebreak of the third set.
During an interview with ESPN, del Potro said: "The reality is that it takes me a long time to get back to the way it used to be. I can't hide it. However, I keep on my feet because I want to play. I struggled with my knee, but I feel the curtain has not yet fallen for me.
I don't think I have to close ." Del Potro has already revealed his new goal for next season: "I want to be present at the Olympic Games, this keeps the desire alive inside me. Because of the damn epidemic they have been postponed to next year, but I will continue to fight because I think it would be a prize to represent Argentina once again."
del Potro on his come back and on Maradona
The former US Open winner therefore dismissed the hypothesis of retirement: "I love tennis and I want to meet again all the people who have helped me throughout my career, I want to do it from inside and not from outside the court.
This is my natural place." The Argentinian should however be back on the court long before the Olympic games. If all goes well, he could re-enter for the grass-swing or perhaps even with a wild-card in Indian Wells or Miami.
Del Potro finally recalled Diego Maradona, present at his victory in the Davis Cup 2016: "I still find it hard to believe what happened. I collapsed when I saw the funeral. I do not feel that he is gone, now I think only of good memories.
It is time to remember anecdotes and to be proud that he is Argentine. Maradona contacted me in person to attend the 2016 Davis final. Obviously I organized everything to make it possible. He has always behaved with the utmost respect, even if in tennis the calmer you are the better, and this was difficult with Diego.
No one was like him, he transmitted a strength and energy that I have not perceived from any other person. Every night, alone and without anyone knowing, I looked at him for ten minutes."