Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro has withdrawn from the French Open due to a viral infection.

The 24-year-old was marred by a viral illness which cut short his European clay swing participation, barring him from competing in the Portugal Open and Mutua Madrid Open.

He was stunned in the third round by Benoit Paire in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia as he was far from being fully fit. Now the towering Argentine has pulled out from the French Open citing his inability to compete at the highest level under his present condition.

A visibly disappointed Del Potro told the reporters: “This is a tough blow, because these are the events you dream of winning.

“Now I must get over this disappointment and recover completely in order to prepare at 100 per cent for the tests to come."

Del Potro, who has got one grand slam title to his name, reached the semi-finals of the competition back in 2009 and lost to Roger Federer in last year’s quarterfinal after relinquishing a two sets to love lead.

His absence is expected to take a bit of a gleam off the event as world number two Andy Murray had also earlier pulled out from the competition due to a back injury.


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