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Juan Martin del Potro, who has not played since Miami this year due to lingering complications and pain in his left wrist, says he has sought the opinion of several different doctors under the supervision of his doctor. The result? Another surgery, one that the Argentine hopes will be the last, to take place next Thursday in the U.S.

“Obviously this wasn’t an easy decision to take,” said Del Potro, “as this is the third time in the same wrist.”

In the 15-minute video (see above) Del Potro said the problem with the left wrist first originated in 2012, and that he had to be injected to alleviate pain several times. But by 2014 he could no longer use the wrist the way he needed to play tennis at the highest level. Two surgeries later, after several attempts to come back and rejoin the tour, Del Potro says he could not shake the pain.

“After playing in Miami [of this year] my sensations were horrible,” he said. “I told myself I didn’t want to fight against tennis. I didn’t want to hate the sport.”

For the first time since he originally hurt the wrist in 2012, Del Potro says he is not playing tennis at all. “I just find myself fighting mentally and psychologically not giving up and trying to find solutions to my wrist problem,” he said.


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