01 May - 23:15

Del Potro: “Every time I came to Estoril I played well in the rest of the year”

Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro will make his clay court debut in 2017, this week, in Millennium Estoril Open.

The 28 year old Argentinian, currently ranked at 33.º ATP, is ready to square off against Japanese Yuichi Sugita but admits the dirt is his most demanding surface: “The clay court season is, for me, the most difficult but every time I came to Estoril I played well in the subsequent clay tournaments. Each match is complicated and to have the opportunity to keep playing tennis is really important.”, said Del Potro, in a press conference this Monday after a practice session with Richard Gasquet.

Reporting to his two previous wins on Portuguese soil – he lifted the trophy in Jamor in 2011 and 2012 – Del Potro said: “It’s a different venue but it’s still very beautiful. The conditions are great.”

The return of the “Tower of Tandil” and his fierce forehand will undoubtedly be celebrated by the Portuguese crowds.