The Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, number four of the ATP, will defend his title in the Mexican Open after receiving this Wednesday the last invitation to play the tournament from February 25 to March 2 in the resort of Acapulco.
The Argentine, 30, won the Mexican Open in 2018 for the first time after defeating the South African Kevin Anderson. "Juan Martin always had the commitment to return to defend the title in Acapulco, he made a great effort in his recovery to be able to play this week in Delray Beach and defend his crown in the Mexican Open," said tournament director, Raul Zurutuza , quoted in a statement.
In October 2018, Del Potro fractured his right knee during the Shanghai Masters, and four months later he returned to the activity at the Delray Beach Open that takes place this week.
"Juan Martín del Potro has received the last 'wild card' available to join the main draw, the one that was missing has confirmed his participation and with him, the Mexican Open will have three players from the current 'Top 4' of the world ranking," he explained.
Del Potro joins the Spanish Rafael Nadal, number two in the world, German Alexander Zverev (third) and American John Isner (ninth) in the list of best players who will take part in the Mexican tournament.
Zurutuza added that the South African Kevin Anderson, the Slovak Martin Klizan and Frenchman Lucas Pouille were left out of the main draw due to injuries, joining the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who on 7 February left the tournament with a shoulder injury.
"Regrettably, it's something different from our plans, Anderson, Dimitrov, Pouille and Klizan had great hope to come, but they must attend to their injuries and return to their level," said the Mexican tournament manager. that will be played on hard court.