Some professional athletes like Juan Martin Del Potro are not built to have a sustainable career. Instead, they are meant to act in bursts. You could say Delpo once excited us in a blue moon. But Delpo’s career was more like a supermoon, looking brighter and larger than the average moon, and according to some evoking emotions.
After four wrist surgeries and his kneecap brutally breaking twice by grabbing for short balls, you would think Del Potro would absolutely dislike tennis. Be sick of it. Be done with it. But to get an idea of how much the 33-year-old loved the sport, watch his tearful press conference for this week Argentina Open, where he announced his impending retirement. If you do not understand Spanish? It does not matter. You’ll get a sense of how much Del Potro has tried to stick to this. How he wants to play. How much he suffered.
Enjoy this week. And possibly next, where he entered Rio, if he can make it that far.
“Apart from the anxiety and sadness, I want Tuesday to be an unforgettable day. “The tournament in Buenos Aires made me feel like it was now or never again,” said Del Potro. He tackles his fellow Argentine Federico Delbonis in the first round.
At the end of his career, it’s time to admire all about Del Potro, Tower of Tandil.
Del Potro has always had a swing wicked powerful advance. It has whip appeal. Strike mostly from an open posture with notable rocket head delay, its powerful legs provide energy from the ground and a stroke with torque. Its 6’6 “frame creates an impending shooting range.
His distinctive forehand, along with an overwhelming discount, was big and special enough to beat Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and Roger Federer in the final for the 2009 US Open title. Argentina also won against Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil on their way to a silver medal.
A Del Potro match against any one of the Big 3 was a highlight role of baseline pizzazz at its best.
He embodied the style of aggressive baseline, which uncorked power from the back of the track until it was clearly time to move forward and finish. With his height and powerful legs, two steps and he is within the line of service. In many ways, Del Potro was a harbinger of the modern prototype in tennis: Long with good movement.
As injury-plagued as his career was, it was actually late in his career, after some of the returns, that he achieved his career-high ranking of # 3 in August of 2018. In 2019, after the pulses finally got better, he ran all the way to the finals of the US Open and lost to Novak Djokovic.
Del Potro posted an excellent career singles record of 439-173 (72%)with 22 titles and nearly $ 26 million in prize money.
He will end his career with more than 4,400 aces – can you imagine? – and its brilliant service can reach 149 mph / 240 km. But the secret sauce: Del Potro played the second service points brilliantly, and that’s what will define his career. On his own second discount, he won 53%, placing him at # 25 on the ATP career list of all time. Even more impressive, when he sent back second beats, he won almost equal 52% points.
In short, giving the tower a second service made its opponents uncomfortable, knowing they were about to eat an advance.
Fans have always been rooted for the friendly, sweet Delpo through his wrist surgeries and his knee surgeries. He broke the same knee twice while slipping around looking for balls around the net, once at the 2018 Shanghai Masters and again in 2019 at Queens Club. It just does not seem fair.
But maybe even more will be remembered his kindness towards another injured player: Nicholas Almagro. By Roland Garros in 2017, Del Potro crossed the net, helped the Spaniard to his feet and sat with him next to the track while sobbing in pain after a knee injury. The video and photos of the moment are such an indelible memory as many of its pre-winners.
Del Potro says his biggest goal in the near future is to live without pain. “My struggle is about health and winning quality of life,” he said. Wherever this new chapter of his life takes him, Delpo will be worshiped.