Juan Martin Del Potro has signed up to the Malaysia Open and will be back in action in the not-so-distant future.
Del Potro had built a lot of momentum heading into the 2014 season and it looked like he might be able to return to the level of play that won him the 2009 US Open, and marked him out as one of the very best players that the ATP has to offer. However, another wrist injury, this time to his left wrist, forced him out of action since he last competed at Indian Wells, and he's since undergone surgery.
The absence from the tour has been a little crushing for Delpo and his fans. Fortunately the Argentine appears to be a very resilient character, and he's once again fought hard to ensure that he can get his career back on track. Although no exact date has been put on his comeback, it seems safe to assume that we'll see the big man in action in September as he's committed to the ATP Malaysia Open.
The man nicknamed the 'Tower of Tandil' clearly has his priorities in good order. Whilst he's eager to resume his playing career, he also appears to be excited about enjoying the hospitality and tucking into the food in Malaysia.
"I always love to come back to Malaysia,” he said upon announcing his participation. "They have a great stadium, good crowd and good food at the lounge, too. I’ve not won the tournament, so it‘s going to be my goal to win it. Hopefully I can do well at Malaysia this year.”
Delpo has returned to the practice courts already. Looks like a low-intensity session, but it's encouraging to see the former US Open champ holding a racquet again.
Despite his recent absence Del Potro still ranks inside the ATP's top 10. This will change over the next few months though and the lost Wimbledon ranking points could hit him hard. That said, the presence of Del Potro will sell tickets for many events, and tournament organisers will welcome him with open arms when he returns with his trademark brand of power tennis. His blazing forehands have indeed been missed lately.
It remains to be seen if the Malaysia Open will be Delpo's first comeback tournament. The event will begin on the 22nd of September, a couple of weeks after the conclusion of the US Open. Del Potro may be keen to avoid the risk of extending his injury frustration by competing in the final slam of 2014.