*This post originally appeared on danielcaskey.net.
Juan Martín del Potro, who also goes by the name Delpo, is a professional tennis player who was born in Tandil, Argentina on September 23, 1988. Tandil is notable for producing a number of professional tennis players over the years. Del Potro has been very successful throughout his career in spite of suffering multiple wrist injuries. His achievements include winning the 2009 US Open and winning the bronze and silver medals at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics, respectively. Keep reading to learn more about Juan Martín del Potro.
Del Potro’s father is named Daniel del Potro. When he was younger he played rugby. Today he works as a veterinarian. His mother’s name is Patricia Lucas, and she works as a teacher. Del Potro also has a younger sister whose name is Julieta. His older sister tragically died in a car accident when she was only eight years old. Del Potro was five at the time. At seven years old, Del Potro began to play tennis. His coach, Marcelo Gómez, previously taught other professional players such as Juan Mónaco and Mariano Zabaleta. Ugo Colombini, a former Italian tennis player, recognized Del Potro’s talent and helped him during the early stages of his career. Today Colombini still serves as Del Potro’s agent.
In 2009 Del Potro won his first Grand Slam title after beating Roger Federer who had previously won five consecutive times. Del Potro was the first Argentine player to win since 1977. It was a dream come true for Del Potro. In 2010 Del Potro injured his wrist for the first time. The injury came at the worst possible time since Del Potro had just achieved his highest ranking in his career: No. 4. Del Potro missed nine months of playing and a number of competitions—including the US Open, where he would have defended his title.
When he did return to competition, he suffered a number of losses, and as a result, he dropped drastically in the rankings. Throughout 2011 Del Potro battled his way back to the top of the rankings. At the end of the year, he was ranked No. 11 in spite of being ranked at 485 at one point.
In 2012 Del Potro won his first Olympic medal and moved up to No. 7 by the year’s end. Del Potro suffered another wrist injury in 2014 and missed most of that year and 2015 as a result of the injury. In 2016 Del Potro won his second Olympic medal, and he is currently ranked as No. 33.