Juan Martin del Potro to Miss Australian Open
Argentinian tennis star Juan Martin del Potro will reportedly miss the opening grand slam of the 2017 tennis season due to fitness issues. On Saturday, organizers of the Auckland Classic in New Zealand released a statement saying that Del Potro would miss both their tournament and the Australian Open, which are both held in January. In November 2016, del Potro led Argentina to its first Davis Cup title, beating Marin Cilic in a thrilling five-set battle in the final round.
Juan Martin del Potro has officially confirmed that he will not be taking part in the Australian Open. He has also withdrawn from the event in Auckland, which is held between January 9 –14.
His statement reads, “Juan Martin del Potro has confirmed that he has not had sufficient recovery time and will be withdrawing from the Auckland Classic and the Australian Open.”
He reportedly withdrew from the event due to fitness concerns.
Juan told reports, "I know that I have 15 days of practice left for Australia and for my first tournament, and that’s a goal I’m not going to make. I don't want to have to withdraw from other tournaments other times."