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Ailing Del Potro hopes to participate in Games | with a fourth knee operation NOW

Juan Martín del Potro will be operated on his right knee for the fourth time on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Argentinian hopes to be fit enough to participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer.

Del Potro has struggled with injuries for most of his career. In June 2019, the former world number three broke his kneecap for the second time in less than a year and has not taken action since.

“I consulted my doctor and then we decided that I would be operated on my knee again,” Del Potro writes on Instagram. “We initially opted for a treatment without surgery, but I am still in pain. Since I still want to participate in the Games, I can urgently go under the knife.”

Not only his knee has been playing tricks on Del Potro for years. The current number 173 in the world was only able to play in a few tournaments in 2010 and 2014 due to an operation on his left and right wrist. Due to the many injuries, he was never able to get the most out of his promising career.

Juan Martín del Potro won the US Open in 2009, but was never able to get the most out of his promising career due to injuries.

Del Potro captured 22 ATP titles

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In 2009 Del Potro managed to impress by winning the US Open at the expense of Roger Federer. In the semifinals of the Grand Slam tournament, the then twenty-year-old Argentinian had already dealt with Rafael Nadal, who he only awarded six games in New York.

After his success at the US Open, Del Potro made it to the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament four more times. In 2018, the Argentinian reached the final battle of the US Open again due to a withdrawal from Nadal, but nine years after his first Grand Slam title, Djokovic proved too strong in the final.

Del Potro has won 22 ATP titles and two medals in the Olympic Games in his career so far (bronze in 2012 and silver in 2016). The Olympic tennis tournament will be held in Tokyo this summer from July 24 to August 1.

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