Juan Martin Del Potro will not make an appearance at Indian Wells this year. He hasn’t got completely recovered from that wrist injury because of which he had to be retired hurt from his match against the Indian player Somdev Devvarman at Dubai a couple of weeks back.

Del Potro played a competitive doubles match yesterday just to check if his wrist was in good condition or not. He went through a lot of pain during that match and thus, he took the decision that he would remain out of the BNP Paribas Open.

It appears to be the right call by the Argentinean. Risking that sort of injury so early in the season and having to be ruled out of maybe a Grand Slam would not have been good at all.

Announcing his withdrawal, Del Potro said, “You want to be completely fit going into a big tournament, but, unfortunately that’s not the case with me at the moment. The condition of my wrist is still almost the same. There is no reduction in pain which is a bit concerning.”

“It’s very important to care such sort of injuries and that is what I am looking to do. Thus, I have decided that I would not feature at Indian Wells this year. I am obviously gutted about that, but, you have to counter such phases in your career. That’s how it goes.”

Del Potro had performed brilliantly in the last edition of the BNP Paribas Open. He had reached all the way to the final where he had ended up being beaten by Rafael Nadal.

Had he participated this time around, he would definitely have been one of the favourites because his style suits the Indian Wells surface.

Del Potro is presently ranked 7th in the world.