Juan Martin del Potro has announced that he will not defend his US Open title. Del Potro has not played a professional match since the Australian Open where he fell in the fourth round, in five sets, to Marin Cilic. He had been complaining of writs pain at the end of the 2009 season and withdrew from the Kooyong Classic in an attempt to preserve himself for the AO.
When conservative management failed, del Potro underwent wrist surgery in the States recently before returning to Argentina to continue his rehab.
“If all goes well, I’d return after the U.S. Open. The tournament is and always will be very special for me, all my life but I don’t want to rush things. If I have to return next year or at Paris Bercy, I will. Thankfully, I’ve already undergone the operation and everything went well. Now I just have to recover. I don’t want to get desperate in rehab and I’m comfortable with the fact that if I do my time I’ll be playing again on the circuit.”