I must admit, I’m very excited about the return of Juan Martin del Potro to the ATP Tour!
The presence of the gentle giant has definitely been missed over the past year. It’s exciting to see him competing and doing well in the warm up tournament in Sydney, with a 3 set win over Fognini today, DelPo finds himself into the quarterfinals. This is his first tournament since last February and post wrist surgery.
Despite still admitting his wrist isn’t 100%, you just have to love this guys attitude…or at least I do! I love watching him compete and love the heart this guy plays with! Check out what he wrote last week on his Facebook page about this week’s tournament and the upcoming Aussie Open:
Hello everyone!!! I wanted to tell you that we decided to travel to play Sydney and the Australian Open. I missed the tour, I missed to compete, I missed interacting with you on court and those feelings outweigh the pain in the wrist, which comes and goes and prevented me from having the ideal pre-season training.
I don’t expect great results, I just want to feel the competition, I want to feel an active player once again, nearly a year after my last match. At this point I don’t care about the rankings. The situation is different. I take it as a reward for the effort that I put to come back.
The experience of my previous injury will help me so as not to be too anxious. I follow what my doctor Richard Berger says. I have to be patient.
As I wrote in a previous post, thanks for your support on my way back! You know that without your love, my will, the support of my team, my family and friends, this would not be possible.
See you in Australia!
How can you not be rooting for this guy?! Wishing DelPo all the best for the remainder in Sydney and can’t wait to see him back in action at the Aussie Open!
Play with heart,
We already picked our personal favorite apparel pieces of 2013, but here’s one last nod to the year in apparel. This time we chose some of our favorite looks of the year as seen on the pro tour. For more, check out our Talk Tennis message board, where tennis fans have posted their favorites in this thread. In no particular order, here’s a look back:
Before anyone gets angry with me, thinking I’m trashing their game, remember, it’s not you, it’s them. These guys are really, really, really good. There’s a reason they are the top 8 players in the world (minus a hurt Andy Murray).
With the year end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals underway, showcasing the best of the best our sport has to offer, I wanted to just take some time to remind you why they are and forever will be better than you or me or pretty much any mere mortal human being. And if you want ATP World Tour Finals apparel, click here.
Here are just a few videos from this past 2013 year to refresh your memory on just how incredible these guys are at their craft.
The “I can hit the ball harder than you” shot