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Del Potro arrives home after surgery

Top Argentine player Juan Martín del Potro.

Ligaments reportedly ‘distended and broken’

Following a successful surgery on his left wrist, the eighth ranked player in the world returns to Argentina, ready and prepared for the long road of recovery.

Former 2009 US Open champion and number one ranked player of Argentina, Juan Martín del Potro, has safely returned to Buenos Aires after a successful surgery on his left wrist. The long overdue surgery, which Del Potro says has been bothering him for more than two years, will sideline him for an undetermined amount of time — although initial estimates say it could potentially be several months to a year.

Prior to the surgery, a frustrated Del Potro stated, “Obviously, it’s not the easiest choice or the happiest moment of my career.” Del Potro, who is no stranger to this type of injury, was sidelined for eight months in 2010 for nearly the same injury on his other wrist. He continued, “I experienced a similar situation and I know how hard it is to be out of the tour, the desire to return, the endless weeks of recovery and how difficult it is to start fighting for the top spots in the rankings again.”

The eighth ranked player in the world was forced to withdraw from the Sony Open this past Wednesday after complaining about severe pain in his wrist. Following his unfortunate withdrawal, he immediately arranged to see head surgeon Richard Berger of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota — also the doctor of this first wrist surgery. Berger, after successfully completing the procedure, assured Del Potro that opting to have his wrist surgically repaired was by far the best option — even citing that the ligaments were “totally distended and broken.”

As for the Argentine and the tennis world alike, the last thing left to do is wait. After arriving at Ezeiza International Airport from a flight from Miami, Del Potro reportedly went directly to Tandil, his hometown, to rest and hope for a successful recuperation.

Herald with agencies

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