Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro will be competing at the BNP Paribas Open 2014 Indian Wells tournament despite ongoing wrist problems. The 2009 US Open champion is said to be checking whether the injury will hold up after having treatment and rest for about a week. Del Potro retired from his match at the Dubai Tennis Championships because of this problem.
Del Potro have crucial ranking points to defend at this ATP Masters 1000 event after reaching the final a year ago (lost to Rafael Nadal). He defeated Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on his way to the final.
Del Potro has had less than stellar results after winning the Sydney International title last January. He lost in the second round of the Australian Open and had struggled with the wrist problems in tournaments afterwards. He has been doing regular check-ups and treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
“It’s hurting all the time, sometimes less and sometimes a little more. But it’s hurting, and I have been in contact
with my doctor all the time. He’s trying to keep me motivated to keep playing, but I know what is my limit playing on
court,” he said in Dubai.
Del Potro had surgery on his right wrist in 2010 which forced him to take several months off on tour. He’s not yet sure whether he will have the same surgery on his left wrist.
“I cannot say that yet — but I’m feeling similar pains to the other hand and what I felt four years ago,” he said.
“But I will do whatever the doctor says.”