Juan Martin Del Potro sure had many heads turning after his much deserved yet shocking victory over both better ranked Rafael Nadal in the semifinal and Roger Federer in the final
|Name||Juan Martín del Potro|
|Date of Birth||September 23, 1988 (age 28), Tandil, Argentina|
|Parents||Daniel del Potro, Patricia del Potro|
|Siblings||Julieta del Potro|
|Net worth||$12.4 Million|
of the 2009 US Open. He packed a punch on the court with his towering frame and pitch perfect hits. Watching him answer his opponents with skill still remains a treat to the eyes to this day. The tall tennis player who shocked the world with his decisive twin victories had given sport journalists something to crib about for a long time to come.
Childhood of the Olympics bronze medal Winner
He was born September 23, 1988, in Tandil, Argentina. His father, Daniel, was a semi-professional rugby player in Argentina and a veterinarian. His mother, Patricia, is an educator. Del Potro began playing tennis at age 7 at the Club Independiente de Tandil, training with famed coach Marcelo Gómez.
That same year, he played his first national championship in Bragado, Buenos Aires. By the age of 12, he had earned a spot as the representative for Argentina on the Nike Junior Tour.
Early Life of a Great player
In 2004, at the age of 15, del Potro won his first professional match in Buenos Aires at the International Tennis Federation event. Leveraging his long, lanky frame to deliver punishing groundstrokes, he became the youngest player to finish in the Top 100 in 2006, in the Top 50 in 2007, and the Top 10 in 2008.
Career Growth & Success story
Juan Martin Del Potro moves exceptionally well for his height (6feet 6 inches or 198 cm). Argentines tennis players are known for their hard work ethic.Seeded sixth at the 2009 U.S. Open, del Potro overwhelmed Rafael Nadal in the semifinals to set up a clash with Roger Federer for the championship. Del Potro upset the Swiss great in a thrilling five-set match, making him the first Argentine male to win the U.S. title since Guillermo Vilas in 1977. Del Potro missed most of the 2010 season after undergoing wrist surgery.
He was named the ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2011, took home the bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012, and by 2013 he was once again ranked among the Top 5 players in the world. However, his wrist problems returned and required more surgery in 2014, damaging his hopes of claiming another Grand Slam championship. In January 2010 he reached his highest career ranking so far as number 4 in the world. Additionally, he holds 9 career singles titles on the ATP Tour.
Books Dedicated to
There have been books published in Spanish dedicated to his life and achievements. One of them is aptly named EL ENIGMA DEL POTRO.
Achievements & Awards of Potro
At Wimbledon 2016, del Potro was back in action. He defeated fourth seed Stan Wawrinka to make it to the third round of his first grand slam in three years. The towering Argentine then took the field by storm at the 2016 Summer Olympics, overpowering top-ranked Novak Djokovic and a resurgent Nadal, before falling to Andy Murray in the gold medal match.
Apart from the US Open in 2009 he won the ATP Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2011 and he was named Argentina’s Sportsman of the Year in 2013
He was honoured with mural in Tandil commemorating 2012 Olympics bronze medal. A Statue of him has been planned following 2016 silver medal
Personal Life of Juan Martin del Potro
His Idol growing up was Sampras. He is a Fan of Boca Juniors and Juventus.He Speaks Spanish, English and some Italian. His favourite surface is hard courts and he says if he wasn’t a tennis player, he would have pursued a career in architecture.
After winning his first title in Stuttgart in July 2008, gave his CLK Mercedes-Benz to his sister, Julieta.