Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro is set to undergo another knee surgery in a bid to be fit for the Olympic Games tennis tournament in Tokyo.
The 32-year-old Argentine star has not played since June 2019 after fracturing his kneecap at the Queen’s Club Championships in London. He has already undergone three procedures on it so far.
“I wanted to say hello and tell you I’m currently in Chicago. I’ve been consulting Dr. Jorge Chahla and the news is that tomorrow (Tuesday). I’ll undergo another surgery on my knee,” Del Potro wrote in an Instagram post.
Gracias por sus mensajes! ❤️
Thanks for your messages! ❤️https://t.co/jHaebS6uuT
— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) March 22, 2021
“We’ve tried conservative therapy but the pain is still there. (Dr Chahla) 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.
“I hope I can overcome this painful situation. I won’t stop trying.”
Del Potro’s career has been ravaged by injury ever since he won the US Open in 2009.
He has undergone surgeries on his wrists and has had three operations to his knee since his injury at Queen’s, in June 2019, January 2020 and August 2020.
The 32-year-old has made several comebacks and has been in top form at the Olympics. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics and silver four years later in Rio.
The 2020 Olympics, which were postponed for one year after the pandemic, get under way in Tokyo on July 23.