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Is Del Potro afraid of getting re-injured or does he believe he won't be competitive?

I'm sure we all heard of Juan Martin's difficult decision to pull out of the US Open. However, I don't understand why he doesn't just try to defend his title?

I mean you could tell me that his injury hasn't fully healed, but he said he has been practicing for a few weeks now but I doubt you would really want to practice if you have a wrist injury that hasn't fully healed because wrist injuries are really nasty. Not to mention, he still has a little more time left to practice.

Of course one month or so of practicing will not get you back in tip top shape nor will it allow you to get your tennis back on track, but I'm sure he is professional enough to have been doing running drills and the sort while he was off the tour. So I would guess he isn't in the worst shape.

Look I realize either way he wouldn't be able to win the tournament, and he obviously knows that or else he would try to defend his title, but just because he won't be able to win it, should it mean he shouldn't just play in the tournament at all? I mean who knows, he can get a good draw and with some luck on his side he could get maybe a walkover or whatnot and before you know it, he is in the second week. He gets some matches under his belt and possibly not slide down the rankings as dramatically.

Even if he were to pull a Hewitt and lose in the first round after winning the title, I don't think it should hurt his confidence because he shouldn't come to New York expecting much. If he is afraid of the injury coming back or believes it isn't fully healed, then he probably shouldn't be practicing and therefore answers my question. If he is out of shape, then what the hell has he been doing this entire time? Sitting around waiting for his wrist to heal?

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Re: Is Del Potro afraid of getting re-injured or does he believe he won't be competit

It's probably the latter.
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It's probably the latter.
He can't attempt?

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Re: Is Del Potro afraid of getting re-injured or does he believe he won't be competit

He probably fears he won't be competitive or anywhere near it. From what I've read his wrist is fully healed now but he's only been practicing for a few weeks now, so he knows he's not going to get anywhere in NY. I agree with you that it wouldn't hurt losing in R1, but I really do think he fears getting completely destroyed out there or something similar at this point in time.
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Re: Is Del Potro afraid of getting re-injured or does he believe he won't be competit

He's probably in the same position as Nadal (Wimby '09), too much pride not wanting to lose in the 1st round or risk of being triple bagelled.
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Re: Is Del Potro afraid of getting re-injured or does he believe he won't be competit

He doesn't want to step on the court not able to give his absolute best. He's also continuing in his efforts to strengthen the wrist and may not want to put too much pressure on it so soon after just starting to hit a few weeks ago. Personally, I think it's a wise decision. He should only step on court when he is 100% physically and mentally ready to compete.
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Re: Is Del Potro afraid of getting re-injured or does he believe he won't be competit

Stupid choice, really. Too much pride, and it might cost his ranking.



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Re: Is Del Potro afraid of getting re-injured or does he believe he won't be competit

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He doesn't want to step on the court not able to give his absolute best. He's also continuing in his efforts to strengthen the wrist and may not want to put too much pressure on it so soon after just starting to hit a few weeks ago. Personally, I think it's a wise decision. He should only step on court when he is 100% physically and mentally ready to compete.
He should be fit for the most part like I questioned. He is mature enough that he realizes he can do other physical activities to stay in tip top shape (like running) so that when his wrist is healed, he can just concentrate on strengthening the wrist and his tennis.

Why do you have to be 100%? There are plenty of players that are not injured that do not feel 100%, but they step on the court.

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Re: Is Del Potro afraid of getting re-injured or does he believe he won't be competit

The ranking's not too much of an issue - I'm sure he will recover that in due course. What is perhaps baffling is why he would forgo the chance to have another bite at the cherry in deciding to skip a slam where he already has had success.

That makes me think that he would have played in the US Open had the tournament been scheduled for a month later (notice that he is scheduled to play Bangkok as his first competitive tournament). If it is true that he has been practicing tennis for the last few weeks - as opposed to just strength/endurance training and fitness drills - then it is likely the case that his team have taken the view that it would be unwise to put the wrist under so much exertion so soon. The delay in anouncing whether he would be playing or not was perhaps indicative of their indicision; he is more or less ready, but not yet 100% match fit. Perhaps they are thinking it is more wise to play it safe.

Moreover as you mention there is the sound possibility that he will be uncompetitive. Perhaps he looked at the experience of Davydenko, who looked far from convincing after seemingly rushing his return from a wrist injury. Still, I think he would have been able to negotiate his way through the first three rounds or so, like he was able to at the Australian Open. But at the end of the day of course it's his call.
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The ranking's not too much of an issue - I'm sure he will recover that in due course. What is perhaps baffling is why he would forgo the chance to have another bite at the cherry in deciding to skip a slam where he already has had success.

That makes me think that he would have played in the US Open had the tournament been scheduled for a month later (notice that he is scheduled to play Bangkok as his first competitive tournament). If it is true that he has been practicing tennis for the last few weeks - as opposed to just strength/endurance training and fitness drills - then it is likely the case that his team have taken the view that it would be unwise to put the wrist under so much exertion so soon. The delay in anouncing whether he would be playing or not was perhaps indicative of their indicision; he is more or less ready, but not yet 100% match fit.

Moreover as you mention there is the sound possibility that he will be uncompetitive. Perhaps he looked at the experience of Davydenko, who looked far from convincing after seemingly rushing his return from a wrist injury. Still, I think he would have been able to negotiate his way through the first three rounds or so, like he was able to at the Australian Open. But at the end of the day of course it's his call.
Well that is exactly it. How else will he be 100% match fit if he doesn't play matches? You can be 100% physically fine and hitting the ball perfect in practice, but it doesn't mean anything if you can't be mentally strong on court, and the only way to do that is by playing actual matches. Yes, I think he could pull out a couple rounds, so why not?

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He should be fit for the most part like I questioned. He is mature enough that he realizes he can do other physical activities to stay in tip top shape (like running) so that when his wrist is healed, he can just concentrate on strengthening the wrist and his tennis.

Why do you have to be 100%? There are plenty of players that are not injured that do not feel 100%, but they step on the court.
You don't have to be 100% because no-one genuinely is, but this is a wrist we are dealing with. Those types of injuries are potentially chronic and will/have destroyed careers. He should be fit in terms of the legs, back etc., but he still is strengthening his wrist, it isn't 100% yet. His wrist is still weak at this point in time, making it more suspect to potential re-tears and damage. Obviously, after everything he has been through, he doesn't want to take that risk, and he shouldn't. The long term is more important that short term satisfaction, because he isn't prepared to truly be a threat at the US Open anyway. Unlike other guys, he has this major and he has lots of money so there incentive to play at 50% isn't nearly as high for him. He wants to get back to being the best of his capabilities at the top of the game and he shouldn't put any roadblocks in the way of achieving that goal.
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You don't have to be 100% because no-one genuinely is, but this is a wrist we are dealing with. Those types of injuries are potentially chronic and will/have destroyed careers. He should be fit in terms of the legs, back etc., but he still is strengthening his wrist, it isn't 100% yet. His wrist is still weak at this point in time, making it more suspect to potential re-tears and damage. Obviously, after everything he has been through, he doesn't want to take that risk, and he shouldn't. The long term is more important that short term satisfaction, because he isn't prepared to truly be a threat at the US Open anyway. Unlike other guys, he has this major and he has lots of money so there incentive to play at 50% isn't nearly as high for him. He wants to get back to being the best of his capabilities at the top of the game and he shouldn't put any roadblocks in the way of achieving that goal.
That is exactly what I said in my first post. If he is afraid of it getting injured, then he shouldn't be practicing which is what he said he is doing. I've had a wrist injury and I was advised not to pick a racket up until conditioning of the wrists was complete and I think that is the consensus when I've talked to other players who had similar wrist injuries.

So if Juan Martin is to the point where he can really start practicing again, I don't see why he can't attempt to play. I mean he can always retire during a match and people would understand.

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Re: Is Del Potro afraid of getting re-injured or does he believe he won't be competit

Probably both. Why should he rush coming back too early to high level competition just to risk re-injury or embarrassment? He'll come back at his own pace when he feels comfortable that his wrist can handle him ripping 110 mph forehands again.
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Re: Is Del Potro afraid of getting re-injured or does he believe he won't be competit

man, expecting someone whose last tournament was back in january to play best of 5 sets as defending champ of a grand slam is too much to ask..

wise decision. imagine what it would do to the way you feel about your favourite tournamentand the confidence you ve built along your career to get schooled by daniel brands in R1

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He's probably in the same position as Nadal (Wimby '09), too much pride not wanting to lose in the 1st round or risk of being triple bagelled.
!!! Nadal had a knee injury, it was healing but still not really well. If he forced it too early, he risked his career. The doctor told him he 'could' play, but advised against it. Staying out of Wimbledon 09 was a sound decision. Typical of MTF to think the worst of players.

As for Delpo's case, who am I to know, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt before attributing his abscense to pride.
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