Juan Martin del Potro is ready to return to action at the Miami Open following a second surgery on his injured left wrist. The Argentine will be playing for the first time since Sydney in early January, which was his comeback from a first surgery on the same wrist. Following Sydney, the Argentine withdrew from the Australian Open.
Del Potro has been hitting backhands for less than two weeks, he told press at Miami, where he is happy to be making his return.
"I feel local here. There are so many Argentine fans, Latino American people around, everybody talking Spanish," he said.
The former U.S. Open champion, who has now had surgeries on both wrists since winning his lone major title, said he had been frustrated by his physical challenges. "My family and team were all supporting me, but in the end, the tennis player feels alone," he said. "I couldn’t play tennis, and that’s my love, my passion. I saw everybody working on his job, doing what they want to do, and I’m home trying to fix my wrist."
As he emphasized at the beginning of the season, del Potro is looking to get healthy and settle back into competition before setting any other professional goals. "I always wanted to win another Grand Slam, be Top 3, maybe No. 1. Now, I just want to play tennis again," he said. "My goal changes every year because I don’t know what could happen physically. For now, I’m happy to play my first match.
"It doesn’t matter if I will be Top 10 or Top 100. I don’t care about ranking. I just want to hit my backhand without pain and finish my match healthy. If I win, even better."
Del Potro is currently ranked No. 616, and plays Vasek Pospisil in his opening match.