10 years on from that night in New York; Juan Martin Del Potro has created a legacy of resilience, fulfilment, joy & hope

10 years ago Juan Martin Del Potro won the US Open.

This next sentence is one I didn’t know where to begin with so I thought I’d let you know that. Over the ten years a lot has happened. How would I define the ten years for Del Potro?

In four words?

Fulfilled, Resilient, Joy & Hope.

People will say, how can it be fulfilled when he’s been injured a lot. Think of what he has achieved for a moment and the memories he has created.

Since that final in 2009 he has missed almost four to five years of tennis with countless injuries and surgeries and continues to come back. His resilience is quite incredible.

Since he won the US Open in 2009 he has gone onto achieve…

  • 9 Grand Slam quarter finals (three semi’s and one final) in 25 appearances
  • 15 Masters 1000 quarter finals (one title, six semi-finals and two finals)
  • Olympic Bronze 2012
  • Olympic Silver 2016
  • Davis Cup champion 2016
  • 39 Top 10 ranked wins
  • 15 titles (6 ATP 500 & First Masters 1000)

This man has fought back from countless injuries time and time again and achieved those accolades is simply outstanding and true testament to his character.

I don’t think there is a more universally loved and appreciated player than Juan Martin Del Potro.

There are moments over the last ten years than I won’t forget. The emotion he shows is what the sport is about. He loves the sport, the sport loves him.

 

Many memories created. The joy he has brought to the tennis court and his resilience goes unmatched.

What next?

Del Potro has fractured his knee cap twice this year but is back on the path to recovery. He returned to tennis in Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros and then at Queens Club injured himself again.

Since then he has had surgery and things are going well for him and he does hope to be back in mid to late October which is the plan to get some games and comfort under his belt before the end of the season.

I hope as I imagine everyone else does who follows tennis we see more chapters in the incredible journey and legacy he has created.

 

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