Juan Martin Del Potro decided to end his 17-year tennis career after he bowed his head to leave the tournament at home at Argentina Open. He lost to compatriot Federico Delbonis in the opening round with a score of 6-1, 6-3.
The former US Open champion had tears in his eyes as the final match played out, and he began to realize the reality that this would be the last of his career. The 33-year-old tried to hold back tears as he prepared to serve 5-3 in the second set. Then the crowd gathered behind him and chanted ‘Ole, Ole… Delpo‘, to cheer for the Argentinians.
Del Potro was thrilled to be back on the field after nearly two and a half years out with a nagging knee injury. After losing the first set, he tried a bit more resistance in the second set but ultimately couldn’t come back and win again. After losing the battle, Del Potro hugged Delbonis and left his headband on the net, signaling the end of his illustrious career.
Juan Martin Del Potro is the first person to win a Grand Slam in an era dominated by the Big Three
Del Potro has had many accomplishments in his nearly two-decade career. He has won many laurels for Argentina, including the Davis Cup and two Olympic medals. But the defining moment of his career came at the 2009 US Open when he beat the defending champion five times Roger Federer in the final and ended his dominance at Flushing Meadows.
In the semi-finals, he defeated Rafael Nadal, and with his victory over Federer, Del Potro became the first player to beat Federer and Nadal in the same specialty. He is also the first player to win a Grand Slam in the Big Three era since Marat Safin won the Australian Open again in 2005. He held this record for almost seven and a half years until Andy Murray won the 2012 US Open.
The former World No 3 was unable to repeat his success later on as he was unable to play at the highest level again due to injury and had to undergo numerous wrist and knee surgeries over the past decade. In fact, before today’s game, he’s had four surgeries since his last appearance in 2019. Despite all these setbacks, he’s back to show his fans. got a chance to watch him play for the last time and announced his farewell in front of the home audience. .
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