He announced it in tears at a very recent press conference, returning to speak officially in front of the media after about two years. Juan Martin del Potro shocked everyone with his latest statements: "I have summoned you to give a message, one of the most difficult that I have had to convey.
I retire from tennis. My knee has become a nightmare. I tried all the alternatives to recover, but it was not possible. I have never imagined and thought to say enough to this sport without playing. That's why I haven't found a better tournament than the one in Buenos Aires to end my career."
Strong, unexpected words from the Argentine player, who will therefore leave the ranks of the ATP circuit after the South American competition. A knee injury in 2018, fracture of the right patella, in the third round of the Shanghai Master 1000 forced him to a very long stop.
He has even undergone four surgeries in four years and has never been able to find the right team to return to the best physical conditions to be able to play. Del Potro made a painful and important decision, who in the end chose to raise the white flag after an exhausting fight.
His palmares in 15 years of activity are very respectable: top 3 reached in the year of the injury, victory of the US Open in 2009 and many prestigious results, such as two medals won at the Olympic Games. The native of Tandil has received a wild card for the home event and will begin his adventure against fellow countryman Federico Delbonis, seeded number 6 of the tournament.
The ATP '250' boasts a very respectable participation, with several interesting and top-tier athletes. The returning Norwegian Casper Ruud will lead the seeding and will have Diego Schwartzman the number one rival for the title race.
Present two Italians, who will absolutely want to fight to get to the end: Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fognini will be among the protagonists, respectively with the seeded number 3 and 4 (bye in the first round).
Andy Murray will skip the clay-season!
A confirmation revealed at a press conference. Andy Murray will not play any red clay tournament in the 2022 season and will therefore miss the Parisian round of the Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam of the year. The British tennis player, after giving his current sensations also on a physical level, has chosen the path of prudence to avoid further serious injuries, which could at that point compromise his career as a professional player.
The Scotsman's announcement: "I'm not going to play on clay. The last two years I've done it and things have gotten worse. Last year I had some physical problems at the beginning of the year. Wanting to play everything I made a mistake.
I spoke to my team and we decided that this year we would not be competing on this surface, not even the prestigious Roland Garros. I don't want to take the risk of getting injured again," he clarified in front of the media.
The former world number one added: "I don't know if I will play there again in the future. Last year I was almost unable to attend Wimbledon. I was close to not playing all season on grass. I don't want to repeat it again, that's why I made this decision.
I have not yet decided if in all those months I will do a few more tournaments on another surface or if I will rest to get to the season on grass in the best possible way. I've had a pretty grueling end to the year and I'm not going to take any chances in the coming months.
I hope to have a good preparation." On Daniel Vallverdu's report: "It was not easy to find someone. Obviously Stan Wawrinka is recovering from a long term injury and hopefully he will be back on tour very soon.
He accepted that Dani would come to this tournament with me and help me for a few weeks. This is a short-term thing. I am still trying to find a long-term solution. We will see what decision we will make. It is not easy to find a person to accompany you to tournaments.
To be the right person I want there to be a perfect configuration, but in the medium and long term I want some stability," he concluded.