Juan Martin Del Potro’s stunning triumph at Flushing Meadows occurred thirteen years ago. The Argentine talent’s endeavor is possibly only matched by Robin Soderling’s effort versus Rafael Nadal on the Bois de Boulogne grounds the same year.
But in the final, the Swede had collided with Roger Federer. Juan Martin Del Potro has always had a special bond with the US Open; in fact, it was so strong that, nine years later, in 2018, he took a chance on an unlikely encore in a season where he was the main character.
Only an unusual Novak Djokovic, who was forced to skip the New York Slam against his will in 2022 but presumably wouldn’t cancel the ATP Finals appointment in Turin, was able to prevent him, which is understandable. In summary, Delma Potro’s most incredible victories also include two Olympic medals (a bronze in London in 2012 and a silver in Rio in 2016), which are the ideal culmination of a career that has been both exceptional and unfortunate.
The giant-good Argentine was forced to put his racket away this year after missing a number of seasons due to a severe knee condition. Del Potro has admitted, however, that he has not yet given up on the idea of returning to the ATP Tour and, more importantly, of giving himself another chance in the tournament that he consecrated exactly thirteen years ago, in the course of a very lengthy interview with ESPN, in New York, where he is currently.
Juan Del Potro might rejoin the Tour.
He said: “The US Open has requested that I retire here permanently next year. I continue to try therapies to improve the state of my knee. If I were to achieve success, I would like to return to the circuit to play a few more tournaments.”
Del Potro continued, “My priority is obviously to live without pain, but at this point I honestly only continue to seek the correct treatment that can leave me with an open window on tennis.” He added, “My priority is certainly to live without pain.”
I still feel like a tennis player because I feel like I belong on the field watching my teammates compete. Even now, I don’t consider myself a former player.