Argentine Juan Martin del Potro has opted to withdraw from the 2019 ATP Miami Masters as well after having done the same from the Indian Wells Masters last week. And it’s that same knee injury again.
Tweeting about this news, del Potro confirmed what was largely suspected would be the case following his Indian Wells Masters withdrawal and said:
“Unfortunately I won’t be able to play in Miami this year. Looking forward to coming back in 2020!”
Lamentablemente no podré jugar el @miamiopen este año por mi lesión de rodilla. Espero verlos el año próximo 🤗
Unfortunately I won’t be able to play in Miami this year. Looking forward to coming back in 2020!
— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) March 17, 2019
Del Potro was the defending champion going into the Indian Wells Masters but after missing the start of the season including the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, there were question-marks around his participation.
He did make it to the quarter-final at the Delray Beach Open last month but the struggles looked real as the injury problem that had seen him withdraw from the Shanghai Masters, continued to bother him in the new year.
The rumour now is that del Potro might look to go under the knife for his knee and try to rectify his problems but that could take him a few months to recover and return to the circuit.
The Miami Open this year will also be without second-ranked Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from his semi-final match at the Indian Wells Masters against Roger Federer. Coincidentally, it was all down to his knee as well which had caused him a lot of problems in the previous encounter against Karen Khachanov.
The absence of these two top players means Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev will be in the opposite halves of the Miami Masters draw that will be released on Tuesday.