Juan Martin del Potro: Frustrating to watch US Open matches and not be able to play

Former world No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro loves challenges and that drives him to working hard on his goal of making a comeback to tennis. 

Del Potro, 32, suffered a major knee injury at the Queen’s Club in 2019 and since then he has had four knee surgeries. 

However, 2009 US Open champion del Potro is refusing to simply walk away from the games he loves. 

“I love the challenge,” Del Potro told ESPN of his injury struggles. “It could be a tennis challenge or a different challenge in life.

“This is the toughest match of my career, because I cannot deal with these kind of injuries, this pain that I have now. But I’m still trying and trying.

“This is the life. I believe in myself that this is going to be in the past for sure.

“But I think it’s also a message to the young kids, to all the players, to all the people around the world that they never have to give up following a dream and that’s what I’m doing with myself.”

Del Potro hopes to be ready for the start of the 2022 season 

Being present at the US Open and not being able to play has been frustrating for del Potro. 

However, he should return to the court in 2022. 

“The knee is much better for now. I’m still recovering, but I’m on court, which is a good thing for me,” del Potro revealed. 

“I’m looking forward to being ready in a couple of months. If everything goes well, next season will be fine to start.

“When I was watching Medvedev’s match, it was a little bit frustrating to me to watch these guys play and [have] me [be on the] outside… to not be the guy who’s playing, fighting for the trophy.

“This is what’s happened to me at the moment, but I’m going to fight to keep moving and hopefully, next year, I can be a protagonist again and playing tennis.”