Juan Martin del Potro has decided to pull out of the US Open, as he continues to recover from surgery on his left wrist.
The former champion at Flushing Meadows will not be returning this year to the scene of his only Grand Slam title victory in 2009, and he has been out of action since February, when he retired from a second round match against India’s Somdev Devvarman in Dubai.
The Argentine had surgery on his wrist in March, and he was treated by Dr Richard Berger at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA, who also performed surgery on the same wrist in 2010, and he has not been able to recover in time for the hard court Grand Slam, which begins on Monday August 25th.
It was believed that the 25-year-old had a chance of appearing at the final Grand Slam of the year, as he had been back in training in May, though the right hander was not able to hit backhands again until the end of July, and it is now unlikely that he will return to action before the end of the year.
Persistent wrist problems
It is not the first time that the former world number four has been kept out of the game with a long-term wrist injury, as his previous surgery forced him to miss eight months of the 2010 season, and he has never managed to recover the form that made him a Grand Slam winner, or managed to reach a second Grand Slam final.
After making a promising start to the year by winning his 18th singles title in Sydney in January, he was then surprisingly knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open by Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, and his world ranking has dropped by six positions from fifth to 11th in the five months that he has missed.
Another player who could possibly miss the tournament in New York is two-time and reigning champion Rafael Nadal, who is expected to announce in the coming days whether he will be able to recover in time from his own wrist injury
It was just under five years ago that del Potro achieved the crowning moment of his career at Flushing Meadows, as he stunned the tennis world to beat then five-time and reigning champion Roger Federer in a five set final, coming back from a set and a break down to do so.