Former World No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro was scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Tuesday with hopes of recovering soon enough to represent Argentina in the Olympics in Tokyo this summer.
Del Potro, a 22-time winner on the ATP Tour, hasn’t played in nearly two years since breaking his right kneecap in the first round at the Queen’s Club in London in June 2019. He already has had three surgical procedures on the knee since the injury — his second fracture of the same kneecap.
“We’ve tried conservative therapy but the pain is still there,” del Potro, 32, wrote on Instagram prior to the surgery. “(The doctor) knows I want to play tennis again and be able to play the Olympics, so we agreed that surgery should be done as soon as possible.”
This will be his eighth surgery since winning the 2009 U.S. Open — his only Grand Slam title.
The Olympic tennis competition is set to begin July 24. The Argentine won a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Games, beating both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal along the way, and a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.
He has nearly $26 million in career earnings.
–Field Level Media