Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from next week’s Paris Masters. The 30-year-old fractured his right kneecap in a heavy fall at the Shanghai Masters. The Argentine ended up retiring his Shanghai opener to Croatian rising star Borna Coric after losing the first set 7-5.
Del Potro, ranked at No. 4 in the world, has played at the Parisian Masters 1000 event six times so far in his career. The Argentine, who debuted at Bercy in 2007, has never made it past the quarter-final stage at the tournament.
The 30-year-old reached the quarter-final at the tournament in 2009, 2013 and 2017. In his last appearance at Bercy, del Potro lost to eventual 2017 runner-up John Isner. Del Potro appeared to be done for the season but the latest reports suggest that he may play one more time this year.
The Argentine, ranked at No. 3 on the ATP Race to London list, reportedly hasn’t ruled out playing at the Nitto ATP Finals from 11-17 November. Meanwhile, US Open runner-up del Potro will be replaced by Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the Paris main draw.
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The 26-year-old is set for a Paris debut as he has no previous appearances at Bercy.
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