Juan Martin del Potro withdraws from the French Open due to virus

Last Updated: 22/05/13 9:23pm

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Juan Martin del Potro: Argentinian to miss French Open

Juan Martin del Potro: Argentinian to miss French Open

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Juan Martin del Potro has been forced to withdraw from the French Open due to an ongoing viral infection.

The world No 7 from Argentina is the second top-10 ranked player to pull out of the Roland Garros tournament, which starts on Sunday, following world No 2 Andy Murray's decision to bypass Paris because of his back injury.

"This is a tough blow, because these are the events you dream of winning," said Del Potro, who reached the French Open semi-finals in 2009 and the last eight last year.

"This is a tough blow, because these are the events you dream of winning. Now I must get over this disappointment and recover completely in order to prepare at 100 per cent for the tests to come."
Juan Martin del Potro

"Now I must get over this disappointment and recover completely in order to prepare at 100 per cent for the tests to come."

The 24-year-old, who won the 2009 US Open, has already missed the recent tournaments in Madrid and Portugal with the problem.

He returned to action at the Rome Masters last week but bowed out in the third round after losing to France's Benoit Paire.

American duo Brian Baker and Mardy Fish have also pulled out of the French Open and will be replaced in Friday's draw by Joao Sousa of Portugal and Guido Pella of Argentina.

In the women's draw, Chan Yung-jan, Alexandra Dulgheru and Lara Arruabarrena have all withdrawn with Shahar Peer, Tatjana Maria and Nina Bratchikova taking their places.

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