Just over a month after making his comeback from a knee injury, Juan Martin del Potro could face another spell on the sidelines.
Del Potro hurt his knee when slipping during a first-round victory over Denis Shapovalov at the Queen’s Club Championships on Wednesday.
The 2009 US Open champion only returned to the ATP Tour at the Madrid Open in May after an absence of almost three months, during which time he underwent new regenerative knee treatment.
Del Potro could face another lay-off after the injury-plagued Argentine’s fall on a rain-affected day of his first grass-court tournament of the season in London.
Jorge Viale, the former world number three’s spokesman, tweeted: “Juan Martin del Potro finished his first-round match at Queen’s with pain and swelling in his right knee after slipping close to the net in the eighth game of the second set.
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Tests confirmed the Argentinian’s worst fears, showing a fracture of his right knee cap.
A statement released on Twitter by Del Potro’s agent, Jorge Viale, read: “The medical studies done last night in a clinic in London show that Juan Martin Del Potro has suffered again a fracture in the right patella.
“After consultation with his doctor, Angel Cotorro, it has been determined that it will require surgery. This will take place in the next couple of days with a date and location to be determined. We will keep you informed.”
Del Potro has been notoriously unlucky with injuries during his career and this is the second time in less than a year that he has fractured the same kneecap. The first incident came in a fall at the Masters tournament in Shanghai last October. He initially returned in February but was then sidelined again with further pain until May and has played just five tournaments all season.
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