Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Re: Del Potro - When Will The Hype Stop?
The better question would be how a thread like this can even come up. I know it's MTF, but it still defies belief, some people are even willing to go as far as to suggest that a major surgery had no effect on JMDP's level of play just to fit their agenda. I'm not sure if they are blindly hating or just completely out of touch with reality.
I actually think he deserves more hype for what he achieved after his comeback than for winning a Slam; with his talent, he was bound to win a Slam or two at some point anyway, it's his meteoric rise back to the top of men's tennis that really deserves praise. Most players (and sportsmen in general) fade away after major surgeries (ironically including some players who are supported by posters in this thread hating on JMDP) or take an awfully long time to get back to some sort of form, JMDP on the other hand is back to QF/SF of big events on a consistent basis less than two years after going under the knife and only improving his level. If anything, he's underhyped; on most other sports, this would get the coverage and praise it deserves but the inept tennis media is more focused on prining stories about Federer having waffles for breakfast or Djokovic buying some sort of weird cheese.
I'd love the 'haters' to give me a list of players who underwent major surgery and then went on to win a Slam or even just reached the top 10 in the entire rest of their careers, let alone within 2 years.
MTF games titles:
Suicide Tennis (5): Wimbledon 2014, World Tour Finals 2015, Madrid 2015, Kuala Lumpur 2014 and Metz 2015 - 1 Slam, 1 WTF, 1 Masters 1000, 2 ATP 250; 2 finals lost
Fill-in-the-Draw (5): US Open 2014, Rotterdam 2013, Geneva 2015, Sydney 2016 and Buenos Aires 2016 - 1 Slam, 1 ATP 500 and 3 ATP 250
Tennis Tipping (3): Veneza and Todi 2014 (with vn01), Knoxville 2015 (with Redkop) - 3 challengers; 7 finals lost