BBC Sport tennis


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 11:04 GMT, Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Juan Martin del Potro joins strong Queen's Club line-up


Del Potro targets improvements on grass

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro will continue his comeback from wrist surgery at Queen's Club in June.

The 22-year-old Argentine has confirmed he will play at the Aegon Championships in London for the second time as he prepares for Wimbledon.

Del Potro will join world number one Rafael Nadal, world number two Novak Djokovic, and four-time champion Andy Roddick in a strong field.

Queen's Club gets under way on 6 June, with Wimbledon a fortnight later.

Del Potro, who won the US Open in 2009, missed eight months of the 2010 season with a serious wrist injury but has been making his way quickly back up the rankings this year.

"I missed everything - the tournaments, the fans, the stadiums, the other players, I really missed everything," he said.

"But now I'm here again and I'm trying to play a good level. Everything was difficult after my surgery, but those bad things are the past. Now I am having a good 'present', I'm healthy, and if I work and still improve my game, I will have a good future."

Wimbledon is the most important tournament of the year for me

Novak Djokovic

Del Potro lost to Nadal on his only previous appearance at Queen's Club in 2007 and is determined to improve on grass.

"I like London, I played at the Aegon Championships a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed it," said Del Potro.

"If you want to be a really good player you have to win on grass courts. I never had good results on grass before so this year could be a chance for me to improve my game on grass at Queen's and at Wimbledon.

"I have to learn many things on that surface but I will be ready to do it. Any tournament I play I want to win and If I can play my best level I think I can do it."

Roddick won the title at Queen's Club in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007, putting him alongside John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt, Roy Emerson, MJG Ritchie and AF Wilding as the only four-time winners.

He has gone on to reach the Wimbledon final three times, losing on each occasion to Roger Federer, including an epic 16-14 defeat in the final set in 2009.

"Over the years I've had a lot of success at The Queen's Club. It has real tradition and I love the whole month in London," said the American.

"Queen's has the best grass courts in the world - they play perfectly and so the Aegon Championships is a great way to prepare for Wimbledon."

Djokovic has made winning a first Wimbledon title his priority for 2011 after landing his second Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January.

"Wimbledon is the most important tournament of the year for me," said the two-time All England Club semi-finalist.

The Serbian will be joined at Queen's Club by Nadal, raising the possibility of a repeat of their 2008 final.

"The Queen's Club has got great grass courts, it's a great atmosphere with always a packed house of spectators and you just feel good there," said Djokovic.

"Rafa and I had an incredible match in the Queen's final in 2008 and it was the closest I ever got to a grass-court title. I really want to do well at Queen's and at Wimbledon this year."

Nadal beat Djokovic 7-6 7-5 in the 2008 final before going on to win his first Wimbledon title three weeks later.

Djokovic lost to Xavier Malisse in the last 16 at Queen's Club last year but still managed to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals, losing in straight sets to Tomas Berdych.

This year's Aegon Championships take place from 6-12 June and will be broadcast live by BBC Sport.


Djokovic excited by Queen's prospect

Print Sponsor

see also
Djokovic excited by Queen's prospect
03 Feb 11 |  Tennis
Djokovic outplays Murray in final
30 Jan 11 |  Tennis
Querrey wins Aegon Championships
13 Jun 10 |  Tennis
Fired-up Roddick wins at Queen's
17 Jun 07 |  Tennis

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.