Tennis — Indian WellsMonday, March 10, 2014
Del Potro withdraws due to wrist injury
May return in Miami next week
Sixth-seeded Juan Martín del Potro pulled out of the Indian Wells Masters with a left wrist injury. The same injury had forced the world number seven to retire from his first round match in Dubai last month.
INDIAN WELLS — Juan Martín del Potro withdrew yesterday from the BNP Paribas Open due to a left wrist injury. “It’s still hurting a lot,” said del Potro. “I’m not feeling 100 per cent. I’m not in good condition to compete.”
The 25-year-old Del Potro finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in last year’s Indian Wells final.
Del Potro was replaced in the draw by lucky loser James Ward, who played Feliciano López late yesterday in the second round.
Del Potro tested his left wrist on Saturday in a doubles match with Marin Cilic. The pair lost to seventh seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 4-6 6-3 10-8.
“I feel the same pain every day and it bothers me a lot,‘ he said. ‘I’m trying to be very careful.”
World No. 7 Del Potro retired due to the same injury, after losing the first set 7-6 (7-3) against Somdev Devvarman, in the first round of last week’s Dubai Championships.
He said he hoped that more than a week of treatment would allow him to play in the Miami Masters, which comes on the heels of Indian Wells.
He has been battling the injury since the Australian Open in January.
It’s a sobering situation for del Potro, whose 2009 US Open triumph was followed by a 2010 campaign in which he played just three tournaments because of a right wrist injury.
He earned ATP comeback player of the year honours in 2011 after painstakingly rebuilding a world ranking that had plunged in the wake of his injury.
Yesterday, Dominic Thiem (Austria), John Isner (US), Alejandro González (Colombia), Lu Yen-Hsun, Roberto Bautista (Spain), Mikhail Kukushkin and Marin Cilic advanced.
Argentine Horacio Zeballos played Spaniard Fernando Verdasco late yesterday.
In the women’s event, 10-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 7-6 (9-7) 3-6 6-1. Eugenie Bouchard, Alize Cornet and Simona Halep also won.
Late on Saturday, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka won their opening matches.
Federer, the four-time champion seeded seventh, beat French qualifier Pail-Henri Mathieu. The Swiss star was coming off his 78th career title last week in Dubai.
In a late match, the top-seeded Nadal rallied to beat Radek Stepanek 2-6 6-4 7-5. Third-seeded Wawrinka, playing for the first time since winning the Australian Open, beat Ivo Karlovic 6-3 7-5.
Herald staff with ATP