Tennis: Former World No.3 Shares Touching Story of How He Is Unable to Climb Stairs Because of Injuries

Tennis: Former World No.3 Shares Touching Story of How He Is Unable to Climb Stairs Because of Injuries

  • Former World No.3 Juan Martin Del Potro has opened up on why he can’t ‘psychologically accept’ life without tennis
  • Del Potro, who won the 2009 US Open at the expense of Roger Federer, hung up his racket earlier this year due to the pain of a knee injury that derailed his once burgeoning career
  • He has been battling with niggling knee injuries, which has seen him go under the knife on multiple occasions to little avail

Former US Open champion, Juan Martin Del Potro has shed light on his struggle with persistent knee injuries.

Del Potro called time on his tennis career at the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires, Argentina in February this year.

It was the first time the Argentine tennis star was making a return to the court after sustaining a broken kneecap in June 2019. He has since undergone a number of surgeries.

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Former World No.3 Del Potro was reduced to tears in his farewell match at the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires earlier this year. Photo credit: @WeAreTennis
Source: Twitter

However, the after-effects of multiple surgeries have taken a huge toll on the 2016 Davis Cup champion, for whom actions as natural as running and driving have become difficult.

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"Today I can only walk, I can't even run on the treadmill, I am unable to climb stairs without pain, I can't even drive for long without having to stop to stretch my legs because of the pain," he said as quoted by MARCA.
"This is my reality, it's very hard, very sad, but I keep looking for ways to get better. My new challenge is how I try to process everything, assimilate what I get and how I get up every day to live as well as I can."

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Roger Federer has disclosed that his decision to call time on his glittering tennis career has been welcomed by his wife Mirka.

Federer, who last played competitively in 2021 at Wimbledon, announced his decision to retire from tennis last Friday.

Widely considered the greatest player in the history of the sport, the 20-time Grand Slam winner will finally bring an end to an outstanding career at this month's Laver Cup in London.