YAY! The US Open just got more interesting. Yes, defending US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro has been out almost the entire season with a wrist injury, but sometimes a good, long break does a player good going into New York (ahem, Kim Clijsters, *cough cough*)
Translates roughly to: My doctor is happy with my progress, just need to get a little stronger and I’ll be good to go.
Via the USTA website:
The USTA announced that reigning French Open and Wimbledon Champion Rafael Nadal, five-time US Open champion Roger Federer and defending US Open Champion Juan Martin Del Potro, who is expected to return to Grand Slam competition after missing the French Open and Wimbledon earlier this year, lead the men’s singles field for the 2010 US Open Tennis Championships
The USTA’s announcement that Juan Martin del Potro will try to defend his U.S. Open title is no fantasy: The Argentine is already hitting, according to USTA spokesman Tim Curry. USTA officials have kept in contact with del Potro, who had wrist surgery earlier this year. At this point, his wrist is healing ahead of schedule.—Tom Perrotta
I know faithful GTT reader, Judy, is psyched right now! Anyone else getting Del Po fever?
**UPDATE** Well, well, the plot thickens. FueBuena reports that we all may be jumping the gun. His physical therapist was interviewed on Argentine radio, and says the goal is to return to the Thailand Open in Bangkok at the end of September. Del Po hasn’t picked up a racket yet and is not ready to commit to a specific return date. Del Po’s still on the US Open’s entry list and website, so who knows. Tennis Served Fresh has a timeline of the confusion.
The Argentine’s season remains elusive.