With a last game played two days ago on his home ground in Buenos Aires, Juan Martin Del Potro has put an end to his career story. A career, that of the Argentine, was studded with extraordinary feats such as winning the US Open in 2009, the Davis Cup in 2016 or the bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
Career unfortunately affected by many, too many physical problems. The most recent to the knee, those ailments that have kept him out of the circuit for the last two years and beyond and forced to say enough at the age of 33 to put an end to his suffering.
Mats Wilander spoke on behalf of Eurosport on the “Tower of Tandil”, as Juan Martin Del Potro is nicknamed. The former Swedish tennis player, now a well-known television commentator, has broken a lance in favor of the Argentine, arguing that in recent years public opinion has neglected him too much to focus on the “Big Three” Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic , which become “Big Four” or “Fab Four” if Andy Murray is added.
Former Grand Slam champion and world number 1 Mats Wilander, who currently works as a TV commentator, sided with Juan Martin Del Potro by declaring that he was not given the attention he deserved. The numerous forced stops that the 33-year-old Argentine has faced over the course of his career have put him a little in the dark in favor of his more illustrious colleagues Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, who nevertheless was able to beat in their prime.
“He was full of people [Guillermo Vilas, the pitch where Del Potro faced Delbonis in his last match] and they really celebrated him as a hero. When you see him play, you realize that he has been fighting for years in silence after so many operations and we haven’t really talked about him during those breaks because we were obsessed with the Big Three or the Big Four with Andy Murray.”
Nadal is currently on a break
Rafael Nadal was recently interviewed by experts from Cantabria Labs, Spain’s leading medical institute for dermatology. The Spaniard spoke about the secret behind his longevity and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle among other things.
“It’s important to have real inner humility, not false humility, to accept that things don’t always go well, and tolerate bad times better,” he said. “One of the keys to me continuing to play tennis today is that I tolerated success and failure equally.”
The Spaniard claimed he always looked forward to gaining “a broader knowledge” when it came to his own health. He also said developing healthy habits directly affects the daily aspects of one’s life. “I always say and believe that everything can be improved, and days like today help us do it, not because in the end, you have a broader knowledge of the things we need,” the Spaniard said.
“Above all, to be able to enjoy life… But without health it becomes impossible. This is the reality.”