This article is in JM's local newspaper today. Sorry for my quick and rough translation, but it gives you a basic idea of what is being said!
At just 18 years and 3 months, Juan Martín del Potro is the youngest player in the Top 100 of the mens' tennis circuit. Considered for a long time to be the greatest promise of Argentine tennis, the boy from Tandil is beginning to consolidate himself within the hard world of professional tennis. He has already played for one season on the ATP Tour, which means he has significant extra experience for a player still young enough to take part on the junior circuit.
His career is going ahead wth strong steps; his objective is to surpass the obstacles as they come, and to add variants to his game, without going too fast and burning out too quickly. The development of a tennis player demands precision; one must not waste precious time in the very early stages, nor go to fast to the next hurdle. To achieve this delicate balance, del Potro worked first with Marcelo Gomez, who trained him from the very beginning in Tandil, and is now with Eduardo Infantino, the coach who leads him in this very crucial stage of his career.
Del Potro wishes to be a "complete" player on all surfaces, and it is proposed to work out his calendar in such a way that he can participate in matches on hard courts. Last year he played Challengers, and got through in several ATP tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals in Umag and Basel. Soon he wil play in the Australian Open, the third Grand Slam of his career, after fleetingly passing through Roland Garros and the U.S. Open in 2006. At the same time he is being mentioned as a possible member of the Davis Cup Team in Austria.
Last week was del Potro's best week on the ATP Tour so far, since he reached the semi final stage for the first time ever, and also got through the round robin stages - the new system that is being tried out this year. His performance in Adelaide gave him 75 ranking points, which allowed him to go up from Number 92 in the rankings to 74, which will be the best position in his short career so far. It was the 13th ATP tournament of his career. He made his debut 11 months ago, in Vina del Mar. Between this tournament and Adelaide he got to the quarter final stage twice (Umag and Basel). Because of his success, he is being considered by Davis Cup captain Alberto Mancini to join the team, who play against Austria, in Linz, from the 9th-11th of next month.
Next he will play Agustin Calleri, in New Zealand, where he received a "special exemption" to enter the main draw directly, because he reached the semi final in Adelaide and therefore could not play in the quallifying tournament.
In the past del Potro has been labelled as a promisng newcomer and a future star- now he is a reality.