Juan Martin del Potro closes 2014 season, to return 2015

Former world number four Juan Martin del Potro has decided not to compete in any tournaments for the rest of the season and will now look forward to a better retun on the ATP World Tour in 2015.

The Argentine, 26, announced on Tuesday that following a discussion with his coaches and medical team, it would be best to delay his comeback and fully recuperate from the left wrist surgery that he had earlier this year.

“I’ve been practicing well,” del Potro said. He added that he will be doing intensive pre-season training in order to fully prepare and compete during the lucrative Australian hardcourt season.

“The recovery from my wrist surgery is slow and won’t let me be in a competitive level to face the best players in the world in the last two tournaments of the year. I prefer to be patient, prudent and prepare for next year. I don’t have pain anymore. I’ve been feeling better day by day.”

Del Potro began the 2014 season on a strong note, winning the Sydney International title and competed in three more tournaments after that. However, problems on his left wrist escalated and he decided to undergo surgery to repair the damaged ligaments on March 24 at the Mayo Clinic.

“Your constant support, good wishes and caring have been and will continue to be of the utmost importance along this journey,” he posted Tuesday on his official Facebook page. “I am deeply thankful and I believe that during next year I’ll be able to repay you, doing what I do best.”

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