A special season. This was the case for all tennis players, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but for Juan Martin del Potro it was even more particular. His injuries, which have to mistreat him, played a trick on him and he could not even play a game in all of 2020. Therefore, After 14 years in a row in activity, for the first time the Tandilense was unable to play on the ATP major circuit.
In 2006, Del Potro began his journey in the big tournaments of the professional circuit. At 17, he began to rub shoulders in the big leagues, against the best in the world. He grew, the first titles arrived, the majestic feats, including his performances in the Davis Cup and the Olympic Games, in addition to the Grand Slam and the ATP tour championships, until in 2019 he was seen for the last time in action.
On June 19 of last year in his debut on Queen’s turf, the Argentine, former world No. 3, beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. Since then, it has been a year and a half without being able to participate in an official contest of any type. For this reason, in 2020 he cut the streak of 14 consecutive years playing on the circuit.
In his great career, La Torre de Tandil suffered seven operations and that took away continuity in the elite. In fact, many colleagues, journalists and fans maintain that, having been able to play without so many physical problems, he could win more important titles and even fight for No. 1 in the world rankings.
Del Potro won 22 singles titles and highlights his only Grand Slam, the US Open 2009. In that final he defeated none other than the Swiss Roger Federer. He beat the same rival in his last cup lifted, the only one in a Masters 1000, in Indian Wells 2018, also in the United States and on hard surface.
He was the standard bearer for Argentina to achieve for the only time the mythical Davis Cup, in the definition of 2016 in Croatia. In addition, he was a silver medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and a bronze in London 2012. Undoubtedly, a great one in every sense, who was limited by so many injuries. Days ago, he expressed that he still does not want to close this stage, beyond the fact that it is difficult for him to play again.
The list with the record of matches (wins and losses) of Del Potro per year on the big circuit: