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World number eight Juan Martin del Potro may miss the rest of the season after he confirmed he requires surgery on his injured left wrist.
The Argentinean will undergo surgery on Monday after battling the problem for several months. The injury surfaced once again in the Australian Open in January as he failed to make an impact.
Del Potro has not played since the injury resurfaced, missing events in Dubai, Indian Wells as well as this week’s Miami Masters.
The 25-year-old has a double-handed backhand and has struggled with the problem as a result. The former US Open champion had an operation in 2009 on his right wrist and was missing for eight months.
Confirming the injury, Del Potro took to his Facebook page, saying: “After a period of medical treatment, in which we tried to be competitive on a tennis court, and following new examinations done today (Sunday), my doctor Richard Berger decided that I should have surgery to fix the problem on my left wrist.
“It is not the easiest choice or the happiest moment of my career. I experienced a similar situation and I know how hard it is to be out of the tour.”
The news will come as a blow to Del Potro who could slip out of the top ten in the ATP world rankings due to his inactivity. With the season just underway he is likely to miss the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open as well as the season-ending ATP World Tour finals.