Juan Martin DEL POTRO

Argentina ARG

Tennis

  • Olympic Medals
    1 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    London 2012
  • Year of Birth
    1988
Olympic Results

Biography

Juan Martin DEL POTRO

In the four years between his epic exploits on the Olympic tennis courts at London 2012 and Rio 2016, where he won bronze and silver respectively, Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro was mostly sidelined by troublesome wrist injuries. After marking his return with a heroic campaign in Rio, he consolidated his status as a national idol by helping his country win its first Davis Cup.

His 2016 achievements earned him not one but two hero’s welcomes in his home town of Tandil, in the province of Buenos Aires, with thousands of people gathering in front of the town hall on 16 August 2016 to acclaim Del Potro for his feats at the Olympics, and doing so again four months later, after his part in the 3-2 defeat of Croatia in Zagreb in the Davis Cup final. To cap a glorious year, he was also named Comeback Player of the Year at the ATP World Tour Awards.

US Open glory

“The Tower of Tandil” – so called because he stands a lofty 1.98m tall - Del Potro picked up a tennis racquet for the first time at the age of seven.

He would go on to break into the ATP Top 10. He capped his rise to the top at the 2009 US Open, where he showcased his physical and mental strength, devastating forehand and superb defensive game to beat the then world No2 Rafael Nadal in the semi-final and world No1 Roger Federer in a thrilling five-set final (3–6, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 6–2). That stunning win seemed to augur a very bright future for the Argentinian, though repeated injury problems would soon check his progress.

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Rio 2016

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Singles
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Doubles
Doubles Tennis
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London 2012

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Singles
Singles Tennis
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Doubles
Doubles Tennis