Del Potro WILL Miss Australian Open
As mentioned on this very site, Juan Martín Del Potro had cast doubt around his 2017 Australian Open participation. Well, a scant few days later, the Argentinian Davis Cup hero confirmed he’ll be missing the Australian Grand Slam.
Del Potro Will Miss Australian Open… Again
This will be the third consecutive year in which DelPo has missed out on the Australian Open competition. In fact, you will have to go all the way back to 2012 to find a year in which he competed in all four Grand Slams in the same year.
Injury has not been kind to the 2009 US Open champion.
It’s that very victory on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows that could lead one to believe Del Potro should enjoy playing down under. In fact his record in Melbourne, while not poor by any stretch of the imagination, is not great. DelPo has never gone deeper than the quarter finals at this event. To put that in context, Andy Murray has reached the French Open final and still isn’t expected to ever win it by many.
Not me, by the way. I’m pegging Murray for a Career Slam. But that’s getting off the point.
The point is that, for whatever reason, the Australian Open has not been one of Del Potro’s better hunting grounds. Couple this together with his frequent injury woes, and his decision to skip the tournament this year makes perfect sense. Having essentially lost two years of his career to wrist injuries, Del Potro will not be looking to rush back into things.
It’s a promising sign for fans of the Argentinian. There’s no guarantee that he won’t get injured again. If he does, however, we’ll know he did everything he could to avoid it.
Del Potro hopes to be back in action in February, and I think I speak for most of us when I say we hope for a great 2017 for the Argentinian.