Juan Martin del Potro suffers fractured kneecap after nasty fall at Shanghai Masters

first_imgUS Open runner-up Juan Martin del Potro has suffered a fractured right kneecap following his fall during a match in Shanghai this week, his spokesman said in a statement on Sunday.Del Potro, who has been unlucky with injuries throughout his career, retired from his round-of-16 match against Borna Coric on Thursday after falling heavily.The statement said that “the medical studies carried out on Saturday showed that Juan Martin del Potro suffered a fracture of his right patella bone in Shanghai”.”In the coming days, the doctors will evaluate the recovery process needed to return.”The 30-year-old Argentine, who is ranked fourth in the world and had been enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, was wearing a splint on his right leg.”It’s a very difficult moment,” he said. “I feel very sad. It’s a hard blow that leaves me without strength.”It’s very difficult for me to think about recovery again, I did not expect this to happen.”The Argentine player will continue to rest, as his doctors have instructed on Sunday, until he undergoes new tests that will determine more specifically the extent of the injury, Efe news reported.In the 10th game of the first set against Coric on October 11, Del Potro fell to the ground and after being attended and having a bandage installed returned to the match intending to continue.However, he ultimately had to withdraw from the match, which he lost 7-5. He underwent tests on Saturday that determined he had broken his right kneecap.advertisementThe South American tennis star had to withdraw from his quarterfinals match against Croatia’s Borna Coric at the Masters 1000 final in Shanghai last Thursday.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic beat Coric on Sunday in the finals.(With agency inputs)last_img

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