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.
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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.
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“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.”
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The former world number three has slipped to 757 in the world rankings.