Del Potro scheduled to open season at Delray Beach Open

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 10, 2019 07:43 AM
Del Potro scheduled to open season at Delray Beach Open
FILE - Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina watches his shot as he plays against Borna Coric of Croatia in the men's singles match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro plans to make his season debut at the Delray Beach Open next month.

The hard-court tournament announced Wednesday that its 2011 champion is committed to playing in the first round on Feb. 19.

Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, is sitting out the year's first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, as he continues to recover after fracturing his right kneecap in October.

The Argentine is currently ranked No. 5.

He won the U.S. Open in 2009 and was the runner-up at that major last year.

This would be his third consecutive appearance at the Delray Open.

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