Nadal, del Potro on Schedule to Return to Action in Early 2019

Juan Martin del Potro will play the Delray Beach Open

Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro both look to have recovered from major injuries and will make their comebacks in the early part of next year to resume their careers.

Spaniard Nadal and Argentine del Potro both had to cut their 2018 season short after suffering major injuries on their legs; Nadal with his long standing ankle problems and del Potro with a fractured knee cap, which he injured during the Shanghai Masters in October.

Both injuries meant that they had to miss the ATP Tour Finals in London as they needed to undergo surgeries to repair their respective ailments.

Despite their season prematurely ending, 33-year old Nadal and 30-year old del Potro still were able to remain in the top five of the rankings, sitting at second and fifth respectively.

Both Grand Slam champions returned to training last week after taking a couple weeks off, to recuperate from going under the knife, but also decided to extend their break to include some vacation time as well.

Nadal’s uncle and former coach Toni gave an update on his nephew’s progression since his injury lay off and spoke about his future plans. Speaking to the Basque based newspaper El Dario Vasco, Toni said:

“As far as I know, he wants to continue for a few more years. And if his body responds he will do so.”

He said what motivates Nadal is winning titles and added he was looking forward to lifting more titles “in Monte Carlo, in Roland Garros, in Wimbledon, in the US Open” which is what made Nadal tick.

Meanwhile 2009 US Open winner del Potro’s agent Jorge Viale took to social media to discuss his client’s comeback form major surgery.

Writing on Twitter, the long time agent of the Tardil born player said: “Back from holidays, Del Po resumes rehab and training this week, with two daily sessions of gym and pool. The doctors are very pleased with the progress of the recovery from the knee fracture almost two months ago.”

Both men will head down under to compete in warm tournaments before the first major of the year in Melbourne which serves off on the 14th of January.

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