L’Argentin Juan Martin del Potro, 33 ans et ancien numéro 3 mondial, a dit aspirer encore à revenir sur le circuit, sept mois après son dernier match, qui marquait son retour après trois ans d’absence à cause d’une graveure at the knee.
“If I improve, I want to try to get back in the ring,” del Potro told ESPN Sports Thursday on the sidelines of the US Open, the only Grand Slam he won in 2009.
“It’s my place, I feel it’s my place. When I made the decision to come here, a thousand things came to mind. I still feel like a tennis player. I don’t feel like an ex, and I don’t do things like previous players. I came here imagining having a good time but When I see others playing, I tell myself, ‘My place is there on the field,’ he said.
Del Potro, a 22-time ATP title holder, said the organizers of the US Open had offered him a bid farewell to Flushing Meadows next year.
“We may never see each other again,” however, threw “DelPo”, tears in his eyes, on February 5 after his first-round defeat in Buenos Aires, indicating that his final retirement from tennis was imminent.
“I live day by day, with many emotional ups and downs, he admits today. I don’t know if this will be the last match of my career, but it is clear today that I am looking for everyday well-being and quality of life.
The 1.98-meter giant, nicknamed the “Tandil Tower” of his birthplace, also won the Davis Cup in 2016 with Argentina, as well as two Olympic silver medals in Rio in 2016 and bronze in London four years earlier.
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