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Juan Martin del Potro holds a 35-9 record at the US Open.

Del Potro Withdraws From The US Open

The 'Tower of Tandil' lifted the trophy in Flushing Meadows in 2009

Juan Martin del Potro underwent successful surgery in June to repair a fractured right kneecap, but the Argentine will not be ready for the season’s final Grand Slam. On Tuesday, the USTA announced that the 2009 US Open champion and 2018 finalist will miss the tournament this year as he continues his recovery.

On 31 July, the former World No. 3 shared an encouraging video of himself walking on a treadmill on social media. But Del Potro, who reinjured his knee at the Fever-Tree Championships, still had to withdraw from Flushing Meadows. He has not competed since the ATP 500 grass-court tournament.

Del Potro, who is still No. 12 in the ATP Rankings, returned to the Top 10 for the first time in more than three years last January, going on to capture his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title at the BNP Paribas Open. The Argentine earned 47 wins last season, and claimed multiple titles for the first time since 2013.

Del Potro’s withdrawal allowed American Denis Kudla — who was previously announced as a wild card — into the main draw, and the USTA reallocated that wild card to Christopher Eubanks.

Did You Know?
Del Potro holds a 35-9 record at the US Open, where he advanced to his second Grand Slam final last year before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.