Juan Martin del Potro has begun his journey on the comeback trail.
The 2009 US Open champion was forced onto the sidelines earlier in the season after going under the knife to rectify problems in his left wrist. Since his absence from the tour, del Potro has provided several updates regarding his health on his official Facebook page. The latest update featured the former world No. 5 hitting double-handed backhands in training under the watchful eye of his surgeon.
Along with the video, del Potro posted a note to update his fans:
“I have great news to share! Four months after the surgery I hit my first few backhands and my doctor Richard Berger was there. I’m looking forward to playing pain-free again as soon as possible. Thanks for your support!”
Although the 25-year-old managed to win the Apia international in Sydney at the start of the season, he struggled from then on and eventually opted for surgery after failed bids in Rotterdam and Dubai.
This is the second time that del Potro has been forced onto the sidelines with a wrist injury. The Argentine was forced off the tour for the majority of 2010 with a wrist injury, after he had managed to win his first (and only) Grand Slam title the prior year.