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Wrist injury forces Juan Martin del Potro to retire from Indian Wells

Juan Martin del Potro announces his retirement from BNP Paribas Open.
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Juan Martin del Potro was forced to pull out of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday because of pain in his left wrist. As reported by ATP World Tour on March 9, the tennis pro announced in a special news conference that he would not be able to continue with the tournament at Indian Wells.

On Saturday, the world number seven player teamed up with doubles partner, Marin Cilic, as a test of making sure that he could play without pain. Unfortunately, the test failed as the pair lost to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in a 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 match. This forced the 25-year-old tennis player to retire from Indian Wells saying that his wrist was still not up to par.

“I’m not feeling 100 percent, and I’m not in good condition to compete and to try to win the tournament,” he stated to the media. “I always like to feel good and feel the chance to win the tournament, and I’m not feeling that. The wrist is still bothering me a lot, and my doctors tell me to wait 10 more days doing the treatment and do everything possible to play in Miami.”

The Sony Open begins on March 17 and it sounds like del Potro will be doing whatever he can to get his treatments going so that he will be able to continue playing with less pain. His replacement in the draw at Indian Wells will be James Ward. He is set to play Feliciano Lopez in the second round.

Del Potro made it all the way into the finals last year at the BNP Paribas Open playing against world number one Rafael Nadal. Even though he didn't win the title, it looked like he was on his way to an exciting future.

However, this year has been tough so far for the Argentine as he ended up dropping out of the Dubai Duty Free Championships in the first round due to the same injury. He also lost at this year's Australian Open early on. The 2009 U.S. Open champ missed out on most of the play during the 2010 tennis season because of tendinitis in his right wrist. His left wrist is giving him the same trouble.

“Sometimes it’s better to lose the tournament than lose a year,” he said. “The doctor recommends to me to don’t play here, to keep trying the treatment, and the next chance will be in Miami if I feel in good condition to win a tournament.”

Hopefully, Juan Martin del Potro will recover from his wrist ailment to be able to continue for the rest of the year pain free. We will have to wait and see what the future holds for the hard-hitting tennis pro.