Juan Martin del Potro has officially postponed his return to professional competition, as he withdrew from the forthcoming Asian swing of the tour. The Argentine, who was on the entry list in Malaysia, Tokyo and Shanghai, hopes to make his return to competition at the end of the season in Paris.
del Potro took to Facebook to update his fans:
“I would like to take this opportunity to tell you, my fans, That although the recovery of the wrist is progressing very well, I need a little more time to reach the competitive level Necessary to compete week after week. I worked hard to be ready to make my comeback in Asia, where I had great results last year, but unfortunately it was not possible. I’m going to miss my fans in Malaysia, Tokyo and Shanghai who always gave me tremendous support. I will keep working hard on my recovery to play the European season at the end of the year.”
The Argentine, who currently sits at No. 14 in the rankings, has not played a match since February. He 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.