World No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro has confirmed that he will be undergoing surgery on Monday afternoon to fix an issue with his left wrist. He is expected to be sidelined for several months following the procedure.
This is the second time that del Potro will go under the knife to mend an issue with his wrists, as he underwent surgery on his right wrist in 2010 and was sidelined for approximately eight months.
Dr. Richard Berger, who performed the earlier surgery, will be the surgeon responsible for the operation on Monday.
“Obviously, it’s not the easiest choice or the happiest moment of my career,” del Potro said. “I experienced a similar situation and I know how hard it is to be out of the tour, the desire to return, the endless weeks of recovery and how difficult it is to start fighting for the top spots in the rankings again.”
Del Potro has now withdraw from both Indian Wells and the Sony Open this month, as well as retiring in the first round in Dubai Somdev Devvarman.