Del Potro To Undergo Surgery
Juan Martin del Potro will undergo yet another surgery. The Argentine announced on Thursday that he has again fractured his right patella, the same injury that made the 6’6″ right-hander miss the last four weeks of the 2018 season and has limited him to only five tournaments so far this year.
Del Potro slipped near the net in the eighth game of the second set of his first-round match with Denis Shapovalov at the Fever-Tree Championships on Wednesday. Although the Argentine went on to advance in straight sets, he underwent medical exams after noticing pain and swelling in his right knee.
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Further tests on Wednesday night in a London clinic showed that Del Potro had again fractured his right kneecap.
He originally broke his patella last October at the Rolex Shanghai Masters and had to miss the final three weeks of the season, as well as the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London.
Del Potro, however, rehabbed his knee, as seen in the exclusive video above, and returned close to top form this year. He had match points against No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Rome quarter-finals and made the fourth round at Roland Garros (l. to Khachanov).
After the further tests in London, though, Del Potro consulted with his doctor, Angel Cotorro, and they determined that he will need surgery, which will take place in the next couple of days with a date and location to be determined.
Del Potro has undergone four wrist surgeries – three on his left wrist (24 March 2014, joint; 20 January 2015, ligament; 18 June 2015, tendon), as well as a surgery on his right wrist on 4 May 2010. All four surgeries were performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.A.