Injury-plagued Juan Martin del Potro has said “this is his year” as he targets a fresh comeback to tennis at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Del Potro, who won a bronze medal at London 2012 and silver in Rio de Janeiro four years later, when he was beaten in an epic contest against Britain’s Andy Murray, has undergone three knee operations since sustaining an injury at the Shanghai Masters in 2018, the last of which was in August 2020.
“I think this is my year,” del Potro said. “The Olympic Games are pulling me along, that is the motivation that I have. The knee is giving me a lot of headaches, I can’t close out my story yet. I feel like I have more to give and so I’ll keep trying.”
“Sometimes I am animated (for a return) and other times it’s hard to envisage but I feel there is something inside me and so I keep fighting,” he said. “I want to end my career when it is right for me and not because of my health.”