Del Potro commits to Queen's
Juan Martin Del Potro has confirmed he will play at Queen's in June as he makes the summer transition from clay to grass.
The Argentine former world number four was forced to skip the tournament last year, as well as missing Wimbledon, as he spent 10 months on the sidelines in a bid to regain full fitness following a wrist injury.
"I like London," the 2009 US Open champion said.
"I played at the AEGON Championships a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed it. If you want to be a really good player you have to win on grass courts.
"I never had good results on grass before so this year could be a chance for me to improve my game on grass at Queen's and at Wimbledon.
"I have to learn many things on that surface but I will be ready to do it. Any tournament I play I want to win and if I can play my best level I think I can do it."
Del Potro looked set to challenge the top three of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic when he won at Flushing Meadows two years ago but a nasty injury to his right wrist saw the Argentine take an enforced break from the game.
But the 22-year-old has recently regained his form with a win in Delray Beach quickly followed by a semi-final appearance at Indian Wells.
"I missed everything - the tournaments, the fans, the stadium, the other players. I really missed everything," Del Potro said.
"But now I'm here again and I'm trying to play a good level. Everything was difficult after my surgery but those bad things are now the past.
"Now I am having a good present, I'm healthy and if I work and still improve my game, I will have a good future."