Del Potro still in pain

Juan Martin del Potro is finally back on the court, but his wrist is giving him trouble yet again.

The Argentine has suffered with a wrist problem since 2010 and has had three surgeries to rectify the injury.

Del Potro was knocked out of the Miami Open in straight sets by Horacio Zeballos and was forced to call on his trainer in the second set. Suffering from pain, he received treatment on the same wrist.

In the post-match press conference, much of the questioning was around the injury. But the former world number four insisted the pain was nothing new.

“It’s nothing new, nothing different,” quipped del Potro.

“But I already know these things going to happen very often to me. I hope nothing dangerous. I mean, I will see what’s going on after today and see if I can practice tomorrow, if I can hit again like a little backhand.”

The former US Open winner went on to say that it’s mentally tough coming back from injury.

“My biggest opponent is just myself,” added the 27-year-old.

“They said before this is a long road to get better. Not to play well or to win matches, just to get better and to play tennis again. I’m looking forward for that. For me it’s like surprise when I win a match in this moment because I’m not 100 per cent yet.”

If del Potro features at the upcoming Monte Carlo Masters, he would have to gain a wild card entry.