Del Potro Will Play US Open Despite Left Wrist Injury
After doing tests at the Mayo Clinic, Juan Martin del Potro, 2009 US Open champion, announced that he will be fine to play at the 2012 US Open, despite a left wrist injury that hampered him in Cincinnati.
On Facebook, del Potro said he met with Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Richard Berger on Sunday, and that the doctor ruled out any injury to ligaments or tendons in the wrist. Del Potro’s 2009 injury to his right wrist, which required surgery, was related to chronic tendinitis.
Del Potro managed to win matches against Viktor Troicki and Jeremy Chardy to reach the semifinals in Cincinnati, though his two-handed backhand was affected by the sore left wrist. He employed more one-handed slice backhands in those matches. World No. 2 Novak Djokovic ended del Potro’s Cincinnati campaign in straight sets on Saturday.
Del Potro’s coach told ESPN that the injury was only bothering Del Potro when he was hitting high balls on the backhand side.
Del Potro said he will treat the wrist and rest before the US Open, and meet again with the doctor after the tournament.