DelPo’s recovery from the viral illness that had forced his withdrawal from the Portugal Open is taking longer than expected.
On April 29, his media manager Jorge Viale (Viale has been quite busy with all the DelPo updates lately) released the following statement about the status of DelPo’s health (source):
DelPo’s recovery from the virus is taking longer than expected: He was unable to train today and is resting with medical treatment.
A short summary of the past week: In Buenos Aires, he was unable to train on Monday and Tuesday due to the flu and vomiting. He did light training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, but had a relapse of the virus on Friday.
Logically, this latest development has an effect on his preparation for the clay season. At the moment, the idea is to play in Madrid, but his recovery from the illness takes priority and he will take it day by day.
At this point, there’s no “specific” diagnosis. The only information available is that it is a viral illness. I don’t want to speculate or stir up fears of worst-case scenarios. Tennis players are uniquely more prone to viral illnesses, given the constant traveling — some are incidental cases, while others are career-threatening illnesses. The next few days will be important in determining how serious of an issue DelPo’s viral illness will be.
DelPo’s participation in Madrid is in doubt, pending his recovery in the next few days.
The draw for Madrid takes place this Friday. Players have already been seen practicing at the venue. I will update with news and information, as it becomes available.
Update (04.30.2013): DelPo tweeted a message of thanks to his fans for their support. He mentioned he was resting at home and he was pictured alongside a friend. However, the question of whether or not DelPo will play Madrid this year is still up for debate.
The Mutua Madrid Open released their set of promotional videos for the event. DelPo featured in their latest ad. He appears to be fidgeting mightily with his arms in his section of the video:
Update (05.01.2013): Sebastian Torok communicates that DelPo will decide in the next few hours whether or not to fly out to Madrid. He says that DelPo had originally planned to fly to Madrid today, but that he will take a few hours before making a final decision. DelPo has still been unable to do full-strength training, due to his virus.