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Juan Martin del Potro Lucas, excellently known as Juan Martin del Potro is an Argentine professional tennis player. He gained much fame in 2009 for winning the U.S. Open where he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and the five-time defending champion Roger Federer in the final. He became the first player to defeat both Federer and Nadal during the same Major, and the only man outside the Big Three to win a major between the 2005 French Open and the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. He played his professional debut match in the US Open Men’s Singles Qualifying round against Ramon Delgado of Paraguay in 2005 but lost the game in straight sets. He represented Argentina in the Olympics in 2012 and won a bronze medal in singles. He also competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Juan began playing tennis when he was 7 years old. He reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2013. Apart from the broadcast of his tennis matches, Juan made his TV show debut as himself on the talk show “Caiga quien caiga – CQC” in 2008. Additionally, Del Potro stated in a press conference on 5th February 2022 that it is likely he will retire after the 2022 Argentina Open.

Juan Martin del Potro nears retirement, exits Argentina Open

Juan Martin del Potro lost on Tuesday in what appeared to be a farewell match in front of his home fans at the Argentina Open tournament. He was eliminated by compatriot and friend Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-3 in an emotional match in Buenos Aires. Del Potro was already in tears as the final game unraveled. The Argentinian said in a press conference he will decide on Wednesday whether he will play at the Rio Open tournament in Brazil next week. “I will speak to doctors again. I have to take care of my knee and then we will see,” said Del Potro, who did not rule out a full return to the circuit. “I will always leave the window open,” he said. 

“But if today was the last time I will leave happy,” the Argentinian said. Once ranked as high as No. 3 in the world, Del Potro told fans after the match his decision was motivated by his health problems. “This is the moment I hoped would never come,” he said. “I don’t have the strength to go ahead. I gave it all.” Minutes later, Del Potro placed his headband on the net as emotional fans chanted.

Famous For

  • Being an Argentine professional tennis player.
  • For winning the U.S. Open in 2009.

Argentine professional tennis player, Juan Martin del Potro

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Where is Juan Martin del Potro From?

Juan Martin del Potro opened his eyes for the very first time on 23rd September 1988 in Tandil, Argentina. He was born with the real name of Juan Martin del Potro Lucas in the Roman Catholic religious family. He is of Argentine nationality and he belongs to Argentine-white ethnicity. Juan’s present age is 33 which he celebrated back in 2021 and as per his birthdate, his star sign is Libra. Thus, his race is white. His father, Daniel del Potro (1957-2021), played semi-professional rugby union in Argentina and was a veterinarian. His mother, Patricia Lucas, is a teacher and he has a younger sister named Julieta. He also had an elder sister who died when she was 8 years old in a car accident.

Juan Martin del Potro with his dad

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What does Juan Martin del Potro do for a living?

  • Juan Martin del Potro kicks off his tennis career at the age of seven with coach Marcelo Gomez and played his first junior match in April 2003 at the age of 14 at a grade 2 tournament in Italy. He won the Orange Bowl 14s title as a junior in 2002, beating Marin Cilic en route to a victory over Pavel Tchekov in the final.
  • He then received wild cards to three ITF Circuit events in Argentina in 2003, at the age of 14, where he lost in straight sets in the first round of each.
  • He won his first senior match, at the age of 15, at the ITF Circuit event in Buenos Aires by defeating Matias Niemiz in May 2004 and reached the quarterfinals of the ITF Circuit event in Campinas, Brazil; recording victories over Henrique Mello and Alessandro Camarco. 
  • He reached the finals in the Argentina Cup and Campionati Internazionali D’Italia Junior tournaments as well as reached his first final of the ITF Junior Circuit on 11th January 2005, the “Copa del Cafe (Coffee Bowl)” Junior ITF Tournament in Costa Rica, where he lost to Robin Haase in three sets. 
  • He reached his first senior singles final at the Futures tournament in Berimbau Naucalpan, Mexico, where he lost to Darko Madarovski at the age of 16.
  • Later he turned professional after the Italy F17 event in Bassano, and in his first professional tournament, the Lines Trophy in Reggio Emilia, he reached the semifinals, where he lost to countryman Martin Vassallo Arguello in three sets. 
  • He reached the final of the Credicard Citi MasterCard Tennis Cup in Campos do Jordao, Brazil, where he lost to Andra Sa in straight sets whereas he was also failed in his first attempt to qualify for his first Grand Slam, at the US Open, losing in the first round to Paraguayan Ramon Delgado.
  • He jumped over 900 positions to finish with a world ranking of no. 157, largely due to winning three Futures tournaments, and was the youngest player to finish in the year-end top 200.
  • Del Potro played his first ATP tour event in Vina del Mar, where he defeated Albert Portas in February 2006 and was qualified for the main draw of his first Grand Slam in the 2006 French Open at the age of 17. 
  • He reached the quarterfinals of the ATP event in Umag, Croatia, where he lost in three sets to the eventual champion, Stanislas Wawrinka.
  • He qualified for his first US Open in 2006 where he beat Brian Vahaly, Wayne Arthurs, and Daniel Kpllerer in straight sets and he also went on to qualify for his first ATP Masters Series tournament in Spain, the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, where he lost in the first round to Joachim Johansson.
  • He reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel, Switzerland, and finished 2006 as the youngest player in the top 100 at 18 years, 2 months.
  • He started the year 2007 by reaching his first semifinal in ATP Adelaide, Australia, where he lost to Chris Guccione after which he played for Argentina in the first round of the Davis Cup against Austria, winning the fourth and deciding match against Jurgen Melzer in five sets.
  • He reached the second round of the Pacific Life Open in his next ATP Masters event, beating Gustavo Kuerten in the first round, but then losing to Richard Gasquet.
  • He was the youngest player to finish in the year-end top 50 at 19 years, 2 months
  • Subsequetly, he won his first career ATP tour title at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, defeating Gasquet in straight sets in the final and also won his third consecutive title at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, beating Andy Roddick in straight sets in the final in August 2008.
  • He was selected to play his first home-based Davis Cup tie, between Argentina and Russia. He won his first singles match against Davydenko in three sets. 
  • He made the final by defeating 11th seed Jarkko Nieminen at the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, top seed and defending champion Ferrer, and fourth seed Richard Gasquet.
  • He won one match at the Master’s Cup, against Tsonga, but lost his other two matches against the higher-ranked Djokovic and Davydenko.
  • He enjoyed a successful season; winning four titles and finishing 2008 as the youngest player in the top 10, top-ranked Argentine, and highest-ranked South American.
  • He started his 2009 season at the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand, del Potro was the top seed and defeated American Sam Querrey in the final to win the title, the fifth of his career.
  •  In the Davis Cup quarter-final against the Czech Republic, he won his matches against Ivo Minar and Berdych in straight sets, but Argentina still lost the tie 2-3, eliminating them from the competition.
  • As well, he successfully defended his title against top-seeded Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick to win his second tournament of the year and become the first player since Andre Agassi to win back-to-back Washington titles.
  • Seeded sixth at the 2009 US Open, Juan began by defeating Juan Monaco and Jürgen Melzer in straight sets which was his third consecutive victory over Nadal and made him the first Argentine to reach a Grand Slam singles final since Mariano Puerta at the 2005 French Open.
  • He is also the first player since countryman David Nalbandian to defeat Federer at the US Open, and at 198 cm (6 ft 6 in).
  • He was upset by world No. 189 Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo in his first match since the US Open.
  • He had to retire in the Paris Masters quarterfinals when down 0-4 to Radek Stepanek due to an abdominal injury however he competed in the ATP World Tour Finals, where he lost his first round-robin match against Andy Murray in November.

Juan Martin del Potro holding trophy

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  • He finished 2009 as the youngest player in the top 10, top-ranked Argentine, and highest-ranked South American for the second consecutive year.
  • He began his 2010 season at the AAMI Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, Australia with a win over Croatian world No. 24 Ivan Ljubicic and came into the 2010 Australian Open with the injury not healed, and took a month off after the event.
  • He confirmed after the nine-month break that he would make his return at the 2010 PTT Thailand Open whereas he also played at the 2010 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, but again lost in the opening round, this time to Feliciano Lopez.
  • He started his 2011 season at Medibank International as a wildcard entry and participated in the 2011 SAP Open in San Jose, where he was accepted into the main draw via protected ranking (PR). He reached the semifinals without dropping a set, however, he lost to top seed Fernando Verdasco in straight sets.
  • His next tournament was the ATP Masters at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open. He reached the semifinals, where he lost to top-seeded Rafael Nadal in straight sets. 
  • Later he played in the 2011 Estoril Open, which was del Potro’s first tournament on clay since he lost the 2009 Roland Garros semifinal to the eventual champion Roger Federer. 
  • He played in the Davis Cup Final, with the title on the line and looking to fulfill his childhood dream however he lost in the second rubber to David Ferrer, despite being two sets to one up, eventually losing in a pulsating five-set contest in a match lasting over five hours.
  • He finished the year ranked world No. 11, despite being ranked no. 485 at one stage and was named 2011 ATP Comeback Player of the Year.
  • His first tournament of the year was the 2012 Apia International Sydney, where he was the top seed and in the first round of the 2012 Australian Open, he defeated Adrian Mannarino in four sets.
  • He went on to play in Rotterdam at the 2012 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, where he was the third seed and defeated Tomas Berdych in order to make it to his first final of an ATP 500 level tournament or higher after returning from his wrist injury in 2010.
  • He started his clay-court campaign of 2012 in the Davis Cup Quarterfinals against Croatia and won his first rubber against Ivo Karlovic and then demolished Marin Cilic in the reverse singles.
  • At the Olympic Games, del Potro faced Roger Federer in the semifinals, which resulted in the longest “best of three sets” tennis match by duration in history, lasting four hours and 26 minutes, half an hour longer than the previous record holder.
  • He ended the year ranked world No. 7, with a 65-17 win-loss record and four titles captured throughout the season.
  • He started his 2013 season at the Australian Open, where he was upset in the third round by Jeremy Chardy in five sets after which he began at the 2013 Aegon Championships, where he won his first comeback match in three sets against Xavier Malisse.
  • He won against Albert Ramos, Jesse Levine, and Grega Zemlja before advancing past the fourth round for the first time in his career, thanks to a win over Andreas Seppi.  
  • He won the 2013 Citi Open in Washington DC, where he got a first-round bye and reached the final of the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters in October.
  • He beat Roger Federer at the 2013 Swiss Indoors in the final, his fourth title of the year. However, lost to Federer at the 2013 BNP Paribas Masters and in a winner-take-all, round-robin clash in the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals. 
  • He finished the year with a 51-16 record, winning four titles overall and $4,294,039. Del Potro was named Argentina’s Sportsman of the Year.
  • He started his 2014 ATP World Tour season at the Apia International Sydney as the top seed, winning the final of the tournament against defending champion Bernard Tomic in only 53 minutes which was his fifth title as the top seed.
  • He began his 2015 season with wrist pain and was not sure whether he would play Sydney and the 2015 Australian Open. He had not played a tournament since February 2014, but he started the 2015 Apia International Sydney with a straight-set win against Sergiy Stakhovsky.
  • He also played in Miami and was not seen for nearly a year, undergoing surgery again in June 2015.
  • Juan played his first tournament since undergoing wrist surgery in the 2016 Delray Beach Open and won his first clay-court match in three years against Dustin Brown, beating him in two sets.
  • He entered the 2016 Mutua Madrid Open where he had his best victory after coming back on the tour, defeating 14th seed Dominic Thiem in straight sets. He lost his next match to Jack Sock in two sets.
  • Del Potro defeated the top seed and world no. 1, Novak Djokovic, in the first round in the 2016 Olympic Games which was a huge win for him because he was ranked no. 145 in the world and was coming back from a bad injury.
  • He made his 2017 season debut at the Delray Beach Open, where he was seeded in a tournament for the first time in three years, at No. 7, and won his first three matches against Kevin Anderson, Damir Dzumhur, and Sam Querrey.
  • He entered as the 29th seed which was the first time since the 2014 Australian Open that he was seeded at a Grand Slam tournament and defeated Guido Pella in straight sets, and in the second round against Nicolas Almagro.
  • He also started his Asian hard court swing in Beijing, where he lost in straight sets Grigor Dimitrov in the second round, his second loss against the Bulgarian.
  • Juan made it to the quarterfinals of the 2017 Paris Masters, where he was one win away from entering the Top 10 and qualifying for the 2017 ATP Finals.
  • He won 730 points in a span of three weeks and reached the 11th spot of the ATP Rankings.
  • He began the 2018 season at the 2018 ASB Classic in New Zealand, where he debuted with a victory against Denis Shapovalov and competed at the Delray Beach Open. However, he lost to eventual champion Frances Tiafoe.
  • He prevailed in three sets despite Federer serving for the match in the decider and holding 3 championship points which were del Potro’s biggest achievement in the ATP Tour after the 2009 US Open.
  • Entering the US Open seeded third, he reached the quarterfinals without dropping a set and also entered the China Open as the top seed.
  • Then he competed in the Shanghai Masters seeded third and defeated Richard Gasquet and faced 13th seed Borna Coric in the third round, narrowly dropping the first set before he retired due to a knee injury.
  • His injury lingered into the 2019 season, forcing him to withdraw from the Australian Open.
  • He lost his first match to Laslo Dere playing in his first tournament back at the Madrid Open but, he suffered another career-threatening injury when he fractured his kneecap in his first-round match against Denis Shapovalov in his first grass tournament of the season at Queen’s Club.
  • Juan has not played any professional tennis since 2019 at Queen’s Club as of August 2021 and has undergone four right knee surgeries.
  • At the 2021 US Open Juan reported that his knee was getting better, he had picked up training on the court again and hoped to be ready to play on the tour within a couple of months.
  • It was announced on 31st January 2022 that he will make his return to professional tennis at the 2022 Argentina Open, where he accepted a wild card. He also accepted a wild card to play the 2022 Rio Open.
  • Del Potro stated in a press conference on 5th February that it is likely he will retire after the 2022 Argentina Open, although he has not withdrawn from the 2022 Rio Open. 
  • Badly, he lost in the first round to 6th seeded compatriot and good friend Federico Delbonis in straight sets where he broke down in tears during the match at the Argentina Open.

Is Juan Martin del Potro Married or Dating?

Juan Martin del Potro is an unmarried man. He is currently in a relationship with his beautiful girlfriend Oriana Barquet who is a model, and also has a degree in Journalistic Communication. The pair’s relationship is outstanding till now and hopes it will remain as same as in the future too. It seems that Juan is comfortable keeping his personal life open to the public. It shows how he loves his fans and leaves no page unturned to make them know what they want. Concerning his sexual orientation, he is straight.

Juan Martin del Potro and his beautiful girlfriend Oriana Barquet

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What is the Net Worth of Juan Martin del Potro?

Juan Martin del Potro is a versatile guy who has a net worth of $20 million as of 2022. He earns a handsome amount of salary which is also in millions of dollars per year. He has also won prize money of US$ 25,889,586. Juan has also done endorsement work for several brands like Wilson, Nike, Luxilon, Peugeot, Rolex, and many others. In addition, his major source of income is from his tennis playing career. It was revealed in 2022 that Daniel del Potro (Juan Martin’s late father) had misappropriated US$30 million of his son’s career earnings while managing his financial affairs.

How tall is Juan Martin del Potro? 

Juan Martin del Potro is 6 ft 6 in or 198 cm tall and his body weighs around 97 kg or 214 lbs. He has dark brown hair and eyes color. Moreover, his body build type is athletic. Juan’s ethnic background is probably one of the reasons for his bold and extremely attractive personality.

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