Juan Martin Del Potro confirms clay return

Juan Martin del Potro

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Juan Martin del Potro has confirmed he plans to play in upcoming tournaments in both Munich and Madrid as he continues his comeback from injury.

Since winning the 2009 US Open, the Argentine has been beset by fitness problems, undergoing surgery on both wrists over the last few years.

He has, however, shown signs of brilliance when he has been fit, most notably going down to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of Wimbledon back in 2013.

Del Potro has been trying to manage his recovery so far this year, playing in three tournaments to date, with his best performance coming as he reached the last four in Delray Beach.

The 27-year-old has now confirmed he plans to compete in both Munich and Madrid, with an eye on heading to Roland Garros for the French Open.

Del Potro has not played competitively on clay since 2013 and is currently an 81.00 outsider to win on the red dirt in Paris, with the aforementioned Djokovic the 1.70 favourite.

The Argentine says he is looking forward to his outings in Germany and Spain and is confident the tournaments will help him sharpen up his game ahead of the second Grand Slam of the season.

“I am really happy to tell you that Munich and Madrid will be my first two clay tournaments after a long time,” Del Potro confirmed on his official Facebook page.

“I’ve been practising on clay for a week now after years of not playing on this surface and I will keep getting better in the next few days. Rehab on my wrist is going as planned. Although I must be patient I am thrilled to be able to confirm two tournaments in a row, the first time I do this since I came back to tennis.”

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