‘For me you will never die,’ Del Potro pays tribute to Maradona

Juan Martin del Potro paid an emotional tribute to countryman and football icon Diego Maradona

Juan Martin del Potro led the tennis world in paying tribute to Diego Maradona (in pic)

The tennis world mourned the death of football legend Diego Maradona, who passed away on Wednesday at 60. Argentines Diego Schwartzman, who was named after Maradona, and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro lead the tributes.

“I feel like you’re returning to where you belong, to HEAVEN. For me you will never die,” tweeted del Potro.

Schwartzman posted a series of tweets paying tribute to Maradona. “How could you not be named Diego? I love you forever D10S (‘god’),” Schwartzman wrote.

Though Maradona was an icon of football around the world, he was a tennis fan too. The charismatic Argentine would be seen supporting his country at most of their Davis Cup ties, home or away. He witnessed the team win the Davis Cup in 2016, when they played Croatia in Zagreb.

“Today the world of sports in general and football in particular has a void,” said 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

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“One of the greatest sportsmen in history, Diego Maradona, has left us. What he did in football will remain. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to his family, the world of football, and to all of Argentina.”

The ATP Tour remembered Maradona, who took Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, with a social media post saying “A champion and icon loved by all”, accompanied with a picture of Maradona with Federer.

“You’ve made us all very happy here, rest in peace Diego,” added retired Argentine player Juan Monaco.