Juan Martin Del Potro announced yesterday that he won’t be playing the Auckland Classic nor the first slam of the year, the Australian Open. He commented:
“I know that I have 15 days of practice left for Australia and for my first tournament, and that’s a goal I’m not going to make,” he told local reporters. “I don’t want to have to withdraw from other tournaments other times.”
He has stated before that with the tough Davis Cup win, it would be difficult to get ready for the 2017 season already in January and rather than to risk an early injury it seems wise to get some extra rest.
The obvious concern here is Del Potro’s infamous wrist, which has forced him to limit his schedule under 2016 and seems to still hamper him somewhat. It will be interesting to see whether he can get into a hundred percent shape in 2017. We all know he has the tennis ability to win a slam, but the big question mark for Del Potro has been around his fitness.
Let’s hope Del Potro gets healthy enough to have a great year in 2017.
Do you want to know what racquet Del Potro uses? Read this post.