Just over a year after announcing his retirement from the professional tennis circuit, he debuts on Star Channel this Monday at 10pm Del Potro: The last match pointa special program honoring the Argentinian athlete who won the US Open.
The 90-minute documentary exclusively portrays the tough process that “Tandil’s Tower” to recover and try to compete again in the Buenos Aires ATP 250 a year ago, in February 2022, after the last knee injury that took him away from professional competitions in 2019.
Shot in several cities in Argentina and the United States, the original Star special features testimonies from his family, great sports personalities and the medical team that accompanied the recovery of the tennis player who reached the top ten at the age of just twenty of the ATP ranking.
The special is based on the idea that Delpo has always prioritized national achievements over personal onesbecoming the standard bearer of Argentina’s first Davis Cup conquest for Argentina, and memorable battles at the Olympic Games where he won two medals.
Rafael Nadal, John McEnroe, Juan “Pico” Mónaco and Franco Davin are some of the tennis greats who give their testimony in the special on Delpo, winner of 22 ATP titles, including the one remembered at the 2009 United States Open after defeating Roger Federal in the final.
The retreat and the interview with Zabaleta
It is worth mentioning that on February 8 last year Juan Martín del Potro played his last professional match, at least until today. In that first round of the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires, the center court of the Lawn Tennis Club witnessed his retirement, after losing 6-1 and 6-3 to his friend Federico Delbonis, teammate of the champion Davis team in 2016.
The match was almost an anecdote: Delpo returned to play after 965 days of inactivity – and a new knee operation – to greet the Argentinean public and dedicate this return to the memory of his father.
“Sometimes I can even lose. I don’t have the strength that everyone believes to go on. I gave everything Maybe today was one of those days I never wanted to come. I still haven’t found a place in my life that makes me happier than inside a courtroom. That’s why I decided to play. I couldn’t find a better occasion than doing it in Buenos Aires, in front of my mother, which is the first time she’s seen me play,” Juan Martín said through tears.
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