It appears the injury bug has struck again, this time potentially sidelining Juan Martin del Potro, who has been complaining about a “severe” pain in his left wrist.
It appears the pain started at the beginning of his arrival in Australia, where the Argentine was given medical treatment strong enough to allow him to battle through the tournament, but he continued to suffer heading into the Australian Open, and was eventually upset in the second round by Roberto Bautista Agut.
Del Potro’s publicist, Jorge Viale, released a statement on behalf of the world No. 4 addressing the mater:
Juan Martin del Potro flew to Rochester, Minnesota, to consult Dr. Richard Berger at the Mayo Clinic due to recurring pain in his left wrist.
Del Potro suffered pain at the beginning of the Australian Open and it worsened as matches lengthened. The Tandil native had been injected for the last time the U.S. Open last year, when he suffered the same pain he had experienced in 2012 (Cincinnati, U.S. Open and the Davis Cup tie against Czech Republic) and early 2013 (Marseille, Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami).
The infiltration and medical treatment allowed him to play without discomfort through Sydney. He experienced severe pain in Melbourne, came back to Argentina and put his wrist to rest.
He had planned to visit Dr. Berger some time this year to continue with the treatment. As pain worsened, he decided to fly last night.
After winning his maiden Grand Slam title in 2009, Del Potro suffered from an injury in his right wrist that kept him out of action for the majority of the 2010 season and cost him his spot in the ATP rankings. Now it appears he is suffering from a pain in his left wrist, which could hamper his performance throughout the season.