Del Potro commits to Queen's

Tue, 22 Mar 11:08:00 2011

Juan Martin Del Potro has confirmed he will play at Queen's in June as he makes the summer transition from clay to grass.

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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."


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