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Juan Martin Del Potro: ‘I hope to be at 100% for the whole season’

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Juan Del Potro of Argentina
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Juan Martin Del Potro is hoping his injury problems are now a thing of the past. The veteran tennis player stated in a recent interview that his offseason has been different from the previous ones and he expects to be healthy for the 2017 ATP season.

“This off-season was different than the previous ones, because I am healthy and I know the 80% of the tournaments I will play. I did new things like doing yoga every week and I feel in a good shape for this tournament. I hope to be at 100% for the whole season,” the 28-year-old Del Potro stated to Tennis World USA.

Argentine Del Potro on comeback trail

Del Potro, who is from Tandil, Argentina, had great runs in previous seasons but injuries have affected his performance in recent years. Del Potro was one of the rising stars in tennis in 2008 when he entered the Top 10 in the world rankings. The next year, he won the 2009 US Open against tennis great Roger Federer.

However, Del Potro’s fall in the rankings started in 2010 when he struggled with a wrist injury. He played in the Australian Open that year but was clearly affected by the injury and was forced to rest.

Last year, Del Potro was again limited and played in just a few tournaments. He is currently ranked No. 42 in the men’s singles rankings. But that is already an improvement since he was out of the Top 100 since November 2014. Del Potro is on the comeback trail but will meet a lot of rising stars in the sport.

Juan Del Potro hoping to do a Federer, Nadal

Del Potro’s contemporaries like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been resurgent as well despite the injuries. Del Potro is hoping to recover from his own injuries like his rivals.

“In 2016 I played only 12 tournaments and I broke into the top 40. The 2017 season is a great challenge because if I can play 20 events. I will have the chance to keep raising in the rankings and get closer as much as possible to the top players,” Del Potro added in the article.

Del Potro missed the recent Grand Slam, 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. The Argentine led his country to a Davis Cup final win over Croatia last November. In ATP action, he played the 2016 Swiss Indoors Basel where he lost in the quarterfinals to Kei Nishikori of Japan.

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