Potro to miss Australian Open over injury concerns
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[December 26, 2016]
(Reuters) - Argentina's Juan
Martin del Potro will miss next month's Australian Open and possibly
his country's Davis Cup first round tie against Italy because of
The former U.S. Open champion has been plagued with wrist injuries
for the past three years and after an impressive return in 2016 said
he wants to avoid any setbacks.
A statement announcing that he was withdrawing from the
season-opening Auckland Classic and the Australian Open said he
needed more recovery time after leading Argentina to the Davis Cup
title for the first time in November.
"What I need is to have someone get me physically fit enough to last
the whole year," the 28-year-old said.
"We're looking at what the priority is. If tennis waited for me for
two years, Australia can wait for me for one more."
He is regarded as serious challenger for grand slam titles but three
surgeries to his wrist threatened to end his career. He began the
year ranked 1,042 but ended the season inside the top 40.
Del Potro reached the Olympic singles final in Rio, losing a
cliff-hanger to Andy Murray, before guiding Argentina to victory
over Croatia in the Davis Cup final.
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Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro reacts after his victory against
Croatia's Marin Cilic. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
28-year-old has not completely ruled out being available for their
opening round against Italy starting on Feb. 3.
"There's still some time to the first tie against Italy, but not so
much and it's going to be on clay, a surface I struggle on," Del
(Reporting by Martyn Herman)
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