Tennis - Del Potro fears more surgery, future uncertain

World number five Juan Martin Del Potro has admitted his future is unclear after pulling out of the Dubai Tennis Championships with a wrist injury.

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Juan Del Potro walks off the court after retiring at the end of his first set against Somdev Devverman due to an injured wrist at the Dubai Tennis Championships (AFP)

The Argentine threw in the towel during his first-round encounter with Somdev Devvarman after a lengthy medical timeout at the end of the first set failed to rectify the problem. He was trailing 7-6(3).

Del Potro, a former US Open champion, underwent surgery on his wrist four years ago before making a successful return to the court, winning the ATP Tour's comeback player of the year award in 2011.

But this latest blow - on his other wrist - has left the 25-year-old wondering whether he will require another operation and what that could mean for his career.

"It's not really positive for my future. But I will do whatever the doctor says and I will have to be as strong as ever," he said. "Now I will see what he says for the future, and I will let you know very soon what my plans are going to be.

"I cannot say that [it will be surgery] yet - but I'm feeling similar pains to the other hand and what I felt four years ago. It's not really positive for my future. But I will do whatever the doctor says and I will have to be as strong as ever.

"I don't feel really well. My wrist is hurting a lot, and, you know, everybody knows what's happened to me four years ago with my other wrist.

"It was really tough to play today and I tried everything, but it's very difficult to play in these conditions [windy] you know. I was playing slices and I could not be the player I would like to be.

"It's hurting all the time, sometimes less and sometimes a little more. But it's hurting, and I have been in contact with my doctor all the time. He's trying to keep me motivated to keep playing, but I know what is my limit playing on court. Today was enough."

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