UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
Beyond the Baseline

Juan Martin del Potro withdraws from Indian Wells with wrist injury

Wrist injuries continue to ail Juan Martin del Potro. (Kamran Jebreili/AP) Wrist injuries continue to ail Juan Martin del Potro. (Kamran Jebreili/AP)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open because of persistent pain in his left wrist.

Del Potro, who made the final last year, played a doubles match on Saturday with the goal of testing the injury and evaluating whether he should continue to play. Clearly the trial did not go well and he called a news conference on Sunday morning to announce his withdrawal. Del Potro had been scheduled to play Feliciano Lopez in the second round after a first-round bye. Lucky loser James Ward replaced him in the draw.

"I'm not feeling 100 percent, and I'm not in good condition to compete and to try to to win the tournament," he said. "I always like to feel good and feel the chance to win the tournament, and I'm not feeling that. The wrist is still bothering me a lot, and my doctors tell me to wait 10 more days doing the treatment and do everything possible to play in Miami."

Del Potro's withdrawal comes almost two weeks after he retired from his opening-round match at the Dubai Championships. Now ranked No. 7, the Argentine began the year by winning the Sydney International. But the pain in his wrist hasn't allowed him to play his best and he lost in the second round at the Australian Open.

Wrist injuries have been a constant problem for the 25-year-old. After winning the 2009 U.S. Open, a right-wrist injury knocked him off the tour for most of the 2010 season. Del Potro's current injury, to the ligaments in his left wrist, is similar and he's been doing everything he can to avoid surgery. But his experience with this sort of injury has taught him to be cautious.

"Sometimes it's better to lose the tournament than lose a year," he said. "The doctor recommends to me to don't play here, to keep trying the treatment, and the next chance will be in Miami if I feel in good condition to win a tournament. Not like just win a match, you know. It's a big difference. We will see in Miami. After that tournament, I will know what is going to be my future."

Del Potro's next tournament is the Sony Open in Miami, which begins on March 17.

More Beyond the Baseline

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again