Juan Martin del Potro has posted pictures of his progress after a kneecap operation months ago, with the Argentine back on the practice court amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
The 2009 US Open champion who has suffered through a decade of bad luck with wrist and other injuries problems requiring operations, has not played since fracturing his kneecap for a second time in less than a year last summer on the grass at Queen’s London.
The one-time ATP No. 3, who turns 32 in September, has dealt with a poor rehab period, with little to show for his efforts.
With the current situation of tennis in extreme flux due to the virus pandemic, Del Potro has no immediate plans to return yet to the Tour, which is only due to resume in mid-August after shutting down in March.
“I wanted to tell you that these days I started to hit again,” Delpo posted on social media.
“The knee still bothers me so we have to see how it evolves. Although I have no schedule, once again I am taking all the necessary steps to continue doing what I love.”
He has been training at home in Argentina at a club in Buenos Aires, with La Nacion reporting slow progress in the comeback effort.
The 131st-ranked player is a veteran of six surgeries since 2010, including four on his wrists.