Juan Martin del Potro is on the road to recovery. The Argentine underwent a successful surgery on Saturday in Barcelona to repair his fractured right kneecap.
A statement from Del Potro’s team said he “completed his surgery with great success…in the Crue Bianca Clinic in Barcelona. The operation was performed by Dr. Jaume Vilaro and Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro, who proceeded with removing a bone fragment.”
Del Potro slipped in the second set of his first-round match on Wednesday against Denis Shapovalov at the Fever-Tree Championships. He hung on for the win, but underwent medical tests after noticing pain and swelling in the knee.
The fractured right kneecap is the same injury he suffered last October at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, which cut his season short and limited him to five tournaments this year. Del Potro took to his Instagram yesterday and explained that his doctors advised surgery would be the best option.
“I asked them for the best option health-wise, not just for tennis,” said del Potro. “As you can imagine, this is a tough moment. It's sad to go through all this again. I didn't expect this at all…hopefully I will have a good recovery. I hope my knee can heal properly.”
The surgery means that Del Potro will miss Wimbledon, but it’s unclear when he will return to action next.