Del Potro Grateful of his Health

March 3, 2012

ATP Tennis News, Interviews

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament – Rotterdam:  It is his first time at the tournament and Juan Martín Del Potro is relishing the opportunity to make his mark on the tournament.  During the press conference, the Argentine opened up about his coming to term with his injuries and his hopes for 2012.

“I’m feeling ok after a tough Australian Open and my first goal this season is to play healthy the whole season. Playing this sport is magnificent for me.  It’s a long road (to complete recovery) but I’m trying to do that.”

The former US Open champion was then asked about how he felt during his year out due to his wrist injury and with a sad look of reflection in his eyes, he spoke honestly about his feelings:

“It was horrible (not being able to play). Most of the time I was at home watching the tournaments on TV and I was thinking I should be there. It has been a long road and I’m still trying to do that (recover).  I’m still having little sores sometimes, but I feel almost 100% now.”

All was not doom and gloom for the Argentine No.1 he discussed his ambitions of beating the top guys in the rankings once again and tries to remain positive when he has lost:

“Djokovic is making history this year again. He is world No.1 at the moment and he should be there. Rafa is closer compared to 2011.  I have an aggressive game and in my point of view, the only way to beat them is to be that way.  Sometimes I need to lose against them to learn from those losses.”

Del Potro is hoping to do well in Rotterdam as it is his premiere at the event – even the difficult ball bounces will not put him off: “I’m tall. The bounces here aren’t that great for me – but I can move my legs.”

Lisa-Marie Burrows

Twitter: @TennisNewsViews

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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