Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro will return to competitive tennis after two and a half years of injury at next week’s ATP Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.
Del Potro accepted wild cards on Monday to play two clay-court tournaments: Argentina Open and the Rio Open.
The injury-prone Argentine also broke his knee at the Shanghai Masters in October 2018 and before that suffered multiple wrist injuries that also required four surgeries.
The 33-year-old has not played since fracturing his kneecap in June 2019 at the Queen’s Club Championships in London.
“It will be very special to come back to the tour in Buenos Aires and play in Rio, too,” del Potro said in a statement shared by Rio Open organizers.
“I have worked a lot and made all the effort to be with you in the next few weeks.”
The former world number three has slipped to 757 in the world rankings.