The former US Open champion had to undergo a new surgery in the summer after fracturing his right knee.
According to the original schedule, Del Potro was supposed to play in Stockholm but had to postpone his return.
After several tests, including fieldwork, his right knee was found to be recovering properly. He can now move on to the next stage of rehab. Despite his wishes, he must rest in October, it was announced.
The goal for Delpo now is to get on track until January and prepare for the Australian Open.
I do not expect to return to the top 10 after all these problems. Although, one never knows, it depends on my condition. I’m older, but I feel I can play more, said the Argentinian.
Delpo is training on clay, and next month should play an exhibition match against Roger Federer in Buenos Aires.
Since he’s no longer in the top 100, he will need a special invitation from the organizers if he wants to participate in the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Del Potro reached the number 3 on the ATP list before injuries began to take their toll. His most significant achievement was winning the 2009 US Open after defeating Roger Federer in the finals. He also won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 31-year-old Argentinian also led Argentina to their first-ever Davis Cup victory, after beating Croatia’s Marin Čilić in the final in Zagreb.