Juan Martin del Potro sends heartfelt retirement message to Leonardo Mayer

Argentine tennis star Juan Martin del Potro congratulated fellow compatriot Leonardo Mayer on a great career and wished the 34-year-old all the best in his retirement. 

Mayer, who turned professional in 2003, announced the end of his career on Thursday. 

Mayer, who captured two ATP titles after making it all the way in Hamburg in 2014 and 2017, achieved a career-high ranking of No. 21 in 2015.

Mayer was also a part of the Argentine team that won the Davis Cup in 2016. 

“Leo, congratulations on your enormous career, a pleasure for me to have grown up together,” del Potro tweeted.

“I wish you the best in your new stage and thank you forever for (the) Davis (Cup)! I love you friend!”

Del Potro preparing to make a comeback 

Del Potro hasn’t played since suffering a serious knee injury at the Queen’s Club in 2019. 

“I love the challenge,” del Potro recently 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.”

2009 US Open champion del Potro is hoping to be ready for the start of 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.”