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The harsh testimony of Juan Martín del Potro: “I cannot psychologically accept a life without tennis”

The man from Tandil spoke about the state of his right knee, in which he suffered a series of injuries that took him away from high-performance sports.

former Argentine tennis player Juan Martín del Potro spoke about the suffering caused by not being able to play tennis professionally: “I cannot psychologically accept a life without tennishe confessed.

In statements to the newspaper La Nación, the winner of the 2009 US Open detailed: “Today I can only walk, I can’t even run on the treadmill and I am unable to climb stairs without pain. I can’t even drive for very long without having to stop to stretch my legs because of the pain.”

Del Potro suffered the first fracture in the patella of his right knee at the end of 2018, when he was third in the ATP ranking. It was in the match corresponding to the round of 16 of the Shanghai Masters 1000, in which she was measured against the Croatian Borna Coric.

The man from Tandil returned to the circuit in 2019, but a similar injury against the Canadian Denis Shapovalov took him away from the courts again until 2022 when retired at the ATP in Buenos Aires, after falling defeated against Federico Delbonis. In the middle, had to undergo three operations on the affected kneealthough he was never able to recover properly to compete again at the first level.

“This is my reality. It’s very hard, very sad, but I keep looking for ways to improve. My new challenge is how to try to process everything, assimilate what I have to do and how I get up every day to live the best possible life”, continued del Potro.

Confessing that he could not psychologically accept a life without tennis, the winner of 22 ATP tournaments detailed: “When I talk to other athletes who are no longer active, they tell me: ‘Well, I took the last two years of my career, the last year, I prepared myself this way or that way’. But I’m doing it now I was number 3 in the world until suddenly I broke my knees and here I am, with nothing.

Although during the last US Open he revealed that he had been proposed to retire in the 2023 edition of the tournament that he won 13 years ago, the best Argentine racket of the last decades said: “I recently went to Switzerland to see another doctor and started a new treatment that was recommended to me by several professional tennis players, but so far I have not had a single positive result.”

Lastly, he lamented because “That feeling is very hard after each attempt, be it a treatment or a surgery. The frustration I can feel when things don’t work out is hard to explain. I deceive myselfI have faith in every new treatment I try, but every time it fails, it’s a very hard blow.” (NA)

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