Del Potro un­likely to be fit for Open

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Juan Martin del Potro is un­likely to be ready to play in next month’s Aus­tralian Open, the Ar­gen­tine said on Tues­day.

The for­mer US Open cham­pion also cast doubt on whether he would play in the Davis Cup first-round tie at home to Italy in Fe­bru­ary when Ar­gentina opens its de­fense of the ti­tle.

“What I need is to have some­one get me phys­i­cally fit enough to last the whole year,” del Porto said.

“There’s two weeks to the Aus­tralia Open and I’m un­likely to make that ob­jec­tive.

“We’re look­ing at what the pri­or­ity is. If ten­nis waited for me for two years, Aus­tralia can wait for me for one more.”

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