Posted by gauloises1 on May 4, 2010
Let’s just get this over with, shall we? As of right this now, Delpo has had surgery on his troublesome right wrist. The surgery was performed by Dr Richard Berger of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, it took about 40 minutes, and the recovery time is anywhere between four and six months. That is, if you’re counting, most of 2011.
According to Fue Buena, Delpo broke the news via a letter to an Argentinean radio show he was due to appear on:
I decided to write because I want them to know by my own words of what is happening to me. Today, Tuesday, May 4, I will be operated ulnar extensor tendon in my right wrist carpal. What will Dr. Berger, a specialist in the field, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Throughout this year, I wanted to avoid surgery with different treatments, but obviously the injury was more serious. Just came to the United States, the doctor did tests on the court and various studies to locate the points of pain. And there he made the decision to the operation.
As you all understand, is not a happy moment in my life. But I’m used to fighting adversity and I have all the forces to move this forward. So, I wanted to break the news myself. Unfortunately, circulated false and malicious versions on my mood and my physical condition. I’m not clear on what does not exist. But the bad information not only affects my family, my team and the people who care about me. Also affects you who end up reading news that are not true.
The recovery time is long but it depends on many factors that today can not be measured because it is so recent. I will spend the first postoperative days here and then return to the country, with more details, I will inform them every step of my recovery. I understand your anxiety, but I hope they understand my point.
Finally, I want to thank all the fans who showed me unconditional support. Those who crossed the streets of my country and those who encouraged me anywhere in the world via the Internet. Now I need more than ever. They are phenomena and strength that will give me great motivation to return everything. So enjoy and be together.
Thank you very much everybody,
Juan Martin Del Potro
The ‘false and malicious versions’ he refers to are the unsubstantiated rumours, denied by his manager Ugo Colombini, that his absence from the circuit was due to more psychological than physical factors and a case of ‘stage fright’ … Yeah. Because if we know nothing else about Delpo, it’s that he’s terrified of the big stage.
Anyway, even assuming that the surgery constitutes an effective, long-term solution to the wrist problem, we’re not going to be seeing Delpo for a long, long time. But to quote Starbuck, “So life’s a bitch. What are you gonna do? Cry about it?”
Meh … probably. But as appropriate responses go, I don’t think you could do much better than this:
And it’s not often I find myself completely agreeing with Andy Roddick.