Juan del Potro, the professional tennis player has been very unfortunate regarding his multiple injuries. The 31-year-old suffered several wrist injuries throughout his career but broke down in November 2018 by fracturing his kneecap. He recovered, and was back to being fit but re-injured the same knee at Queen’s last summer, and he hasn’t competed since.
In January he underwent surgery and posted an injury update. Even though the Argentinian does not seem to be fully fit, he is back on the court!
Novak Djokovic relates to this situation, having missed the last six months of the season in 2017 due to elbow problems himself. The Serbian also hopes for del Potro’s speedy recovery. After his recent update, the world no.01 wishes to see the former no.03 back on the court competing.
“He’s probably one of the most unfortunate tennis players I have known with injuries. The quality of tennis that he possesses and with that much time that he had in a career that he played, he already has an amazing career. But, it’s really unfortunate to see him struggle so much.”, Djokovic said after his quarter-final victory in the Western & Southern Open.
“His fighting spirit and resilience to come back is something that’s very inspiring to me”- Novak Djokovic
He also went on to talk about Juan as a person. according to him, del Potro is a very determined person with a fighting spirit. The 17-time grand slam champion praised him regarding him as an inspiration.
“His fighting spirit and resilience to come back is something that’s very inspiring to me and to everyone else. He’s a gentle giant, a very likable guy.” Djokovic added.
Novak more than anyone can relate to del Potro in this situation. He faced an extended elbow injury in 2017 forcing him to withdraw from the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The Serbian also missed the rest of the 2017 tennis season but came back stronger. He’s back at his no.01 spot and in epic form, currently playing at the western and southern open.
Tennis as a sport is an epitome of resilience and determination and will always be!