Just a few days after announcing that he was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open with lingering issues with his wrist, Juan Martin del Potro has undergone minor wrist surgery to address some pain caused by hitting his backhand.
The surgery was a success, and del Potro is scheduled to begin rehabilitation in two weeks. There is no timetable set for his return to tennis competition again.
“A few hours ago I was in Australia, today at the Mayo Clinic,” he wrote. “As recommended by my doctor, I underwent a minor surgery to fix the problem that caused me pain in the wrist. I feel more determined than ever to return to the courts sooner than later, to play tennis without feeling pain and to enjoy the love that you give me.”
The Argentine made his return to tennis for the first time since February 2014 last week in Sydney. While few expected much, he managed to reach the quarter-final round at the Apia Sydney International, where he was the defending champion. He defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky and followed up with a three-set win over Fabio Fognini before losing to Mikhail Kukushkin the following round. However, he withdrew from the Australian Open soon afterwards and was under the knife just a few days later.