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Del Potro to miss Indian Wells title defence due to knee injury

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 28 Feb 2019
  • Del Potro out of Indian Wells with a knee injury
  • The Argentine is the defending champion
  • Del Potro also forced to miss Acapulco title defence this week
Juan Martin del Potro (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

World No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro has been forced to abandon his Indian Wells Masters title defence as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

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After winning his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title in dramatic fashion at Indian Wells last year, saving match points against Roger Federer in the final, del Potro will not be able to defend his silverware in 2019, with the Argentine withdrawing from the tournament on Wednesday with a knee injury.

Del Potro fractured his right patella during a fall at the Shanghai Masters in October and returned for his first tournament of the season in Delray Beach last week, losing in the quarter-finals against Mackenzie McDonald. Del Potro announced he would have to pull out of this week’s ATP 500 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco as he was still struggling with soreness in his knee, and now the 2009 U.S. Open champion has had to pull the plug on Indian Wells.



“After playing Delray Beach we had various consultations with different specialists, and we decided that I needed to do a regenerative therapy treatment on my knee,” del Potro said in a statement on Twitter.
“Unfortunately I will have to wait several days before I can back on court and train. I am very sorry that I will not be able to defend my title in Indian Wells. I was really looking forward go going back and playing in such a special place, but I have to wait two weeks to see if the treatment will be effective to allow me to play in Miami.”

Del Potro’s withdrawal from both Acapulco and Indian Wells means he will lose 1,500 ranking points, which will cause him to fall to around No. 9 in the world, depending on the results over the next few weeks.

It’s yet another setback for del Potro, who’s been plagued by constant injury problems since lifting his one and only Grand Slam title a decade ago at the U.S. Open, most notably four wrist surgeries that have forced him onto the sidelines for years at a time.

Del Potro put together his most consistent season in years in 2018 when he made his second major final at the U.S. Open and won those aforementioned Indian Wells and Acapulco titles, along with making the semi-finals of the French Open and quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

Indian Wells was also rocked by the news that five-time major champion Maria Sharapova would also miss the tournament - along with Miami - due to shoulder surgery.

Japan’s Taro Daniel takes del Potro’s place in the main draw as the tournament begins on March 6 and runs through to March 17.


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