Top ranked Argentine Juan Martin del Potro was sidelined indefinitely following his decision to opt for surgery on his left wrist – a decision that will likely cost him remainder of the season, as well as all the ranking points along with it. Following the successful operation on Monday, del Potro returned to Buenos Aires to begin the lengthy rehabilitation process.
“The toughest thing was to decide to have the surgery, but it was the best decision,” del Potro told ESPN Deportes. “The doctor had the chance to take a better look at the injury and he saw the ligaments were broken, so it was the best thing to do.
The Argentine admit that the decision to sacrifice his ranking points was not an easy one. He tried to compromise with his playing style – attempting more slices and less ground strokes – yet it was for naught.
“It’s tough to stop. You want to keep going and not lose your ranking, so I tried to play with more slice, but after a couple of practices in Miami I decided it was enough. I had to stop and go to see the doctor.”
While the doctor is yet to confirm the length of his rehabilitation process, Del Potro is aware that it will likely be a tedious one.
“It will take me a lot of months to recover,” continued del Potro. “In 15 days I have to be checked by the doctor again to see how everything is going and only then will we have a better idea of how long it will take to be back. All the support I have makes me want to come back as soon as possible.
The World No. 8 has been in this position before. Following his remarkable US Open title win against a then-peaking Roger Federer, Del Potro was sidelined with an injury in his right wrist that would send him tumbling down to a low of No. 485 in the Emirates ATP Rankings by January, 2011. While he would return to the top 10 within the next 12 months, it was a difficult period for the “Tower of Tandil.”
“Injuries in this sport can change your whole career and now it’s the moment to focus on recovering and getting back on the court as fast as I can. If I’m healthy, I know I can be back at a top level.
Next year will be different because I won’t be a Top 10 player anymore.”