DelPo’s Health Becomes a Growing Concern

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.


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14 Responses to DelPo’s Health Becomes a Growing Concern

  1. Everything is very open with a very clear clarification of the issues.
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  2. Candy says:

    So many bad things have happened to Delpo since pre-season: phone call scandal, DC controversy, loss in the early round at a GS, mama’s illness, MTO-during-a-tiebreak issue, injury, his own (serious) illness…. Anything else? This season has been too weird for Delpo already. /o\

    Anyway, the most important thing at this moment is that he will recover from the illness completely and be back to good health. ALSO, his mind needs to stay strong that he won’t be discouraged. I think all of these bad/ tough things have been taking him a lot of energy from his mind.

    As for Madrid (I mean the tennis tournament, not the football club, but yea they lost :P), his lack of practice won’t do him good even if he can make it there. Maybe he should focus on his training and prepare for Rome?! But he needs to be healthy first after all!

    • mariposaxprs says:

      That’s a startling summary of his year so far! Too much off-court drama (the super bizarre phone call scandal, then DC … *then* the serious family concerns with his mother … :(). That, combined with the steady stream of worries about injuries and illness, has created quite a strange start to 2013.

      It’s weird but I feel like 2012 (when he kept losing to Fed in every tournament) was much more “peaceful.” The biggest concern in 2012 was why DelPo kept losing his head over Hawk-Eye or why his knee was bothering him. This year has brought many more unexpected occurrences. I’m not sure if I like this “extra volatility” business, but I hope DelPo can find a bit more stability on clay.

      It’s still unclear whether or not DelPo will play Madrid, but I hope his latest FB update means his recovery is going well. If the worst happens and he has to pull out of Madrid, then let’s hope he can make a big appearance at Rome.

      It’s small consolation, but right before IW & Miami, we were all worried about whether DelPo would be able to play well (or play at all, due to his left wrist). In that sense, there’s still plenty of reason to hope that DelPo can fight his way to decent results at the clay Masters this year!!

  3. Iram says:

    Hi. I’m sorry that JMDP is under the weather. Hope he gets well soon. Are you well?
    I know u said previously u supported Bayern, and I’m sure u’ll be rooting them on. (I highly doubt FCB will bounce back from their deficit). Too little too late from Real Madrid. The coach might be leaving too. I know this season is practically over, but I want good things for their future.
    Take care. 🙂

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Hi Iram,

      Thanks, it’s thankfully been a slower week for me and I’m looking forward to the weekend. I hope Bayern make it to the final over FCB (who do you prefer between the two?) I’m sad for RM though and the Mou news as well.

      I saw Ferru’s paddle-surfing photos at Portugal and it made me miss DelPo! But I hope Ferru does well this year at the tournament. It seems like he had a pretty routine opening round win, so that will be confidence-boosting for him!

      • Iram says:

        well, I only had preferred RM to make it to the final. I honestly didn’t care who else did once they had lost. At the same time, I’m not anti-FCB so I will have to say I felt really bad for them when they lost against Bayern again. THAT was BRUTAL! Ahh well I guess that’s sports.
        Please keep us updated on Delpo and his health. Hopefully he’ll be able to be in good form for French Open.

  4. says:

    Well, what do you know, Juan’s surfaced at last with a photo of him and a friend on Facebook. He looks thin but says he’s getting better. The background looks like one I’ve seen in other photos, could be his apartment? It’s that Argie Pope at work again perhaps? We rejoice!

    • mariposaxprs says:

      Just saw the Facebook update! He looks a bit pale and bloated (?), but otherwise, it’s nice to see him in good spirits. I guess the fact that his friend is there means that DelPo’s flu isn’t too serious *hope*

      Out of curiosity, I looked up DelPo’s past birthday photo. His friend from the FB photo is there in his b-day photo (he’s the guy in the white t-shirt, standing to the far left in the second row, behind “red-shirt Marco”). I hope he’s ready in time to travel to Madrid! Maybe he’ll request a late start to the tournament…that would help.

      • Candy says:

        Haha. Face recognition game again?!
        Audiegirl, you talking about this pic?
        (The boys like self shooting I see. :P)

        • mariposaxprs says:

          Lol it’s that same guy!!! DelPo basically has the same group of 10-15 friends. It never changes. Whoever features in his annual birthday party photos or the occasional Twitter/FB photo will eventually show up at a tournament. I wonder what this guy’s name is…

          Also, just out of curiosity, does DelPo live alone in an apartment? I thought he lived with his family at their home.

          • says:

            I refer to these chicos as Delpo’s posse, the cocoon that provides stability, security and sometimes traveling companions. As for his residence, he’s lived in BA for years to be near his trainer and the BA Tennis club where he practices and of course to have a private place to entertain the ladies. References were made to his love shack in the phone sex tape. Juan’s been photographed poolside at la casa familia in Tandil – even with a huge, black dog – and he actually bought the road by the place to ensure privacy which was quite controversial at the time.
            As for the rest of the clay season, his recovery to full fighting form in time for Madrid will be as miraculous as Rafa’s recovery from knee pain. Speaking of, did you see the coverage of the Spanish Court case re doping? Muzz is quite upset and is calling for full disclosure of whose blood was seized besides the ones used to prosecute this case. Deliciano tweeted his agreement with Muzz.

            • mariposaxprs says:

              Interesting! I remember the photo of him with the huge, black dog (I think it was Gisela Dulko’s dog?)

              I’ve heard the news about the Operation Puerto verdict. It’s definitely sketchy stuff that’s happening in Spain. I’m glad that tennis players are keeping up with the news and that they’ve voiced their disapproval over it. I think Muzz and Feli have been the most vocal so far. Ferru also expressed his disagreement with the verdict. Given the way the Spanish courts have handled the case in the past, I really doubt that the blood bags will be used as evidence for other cases. They’re likely to get destroyed, which is a shame for all sports. It’s def a step backwards for the whole anti-doping movement. I think Feli is worried about the ramifications that this case will have for Spain’s bid to get the Olympics.

              • says:

                Isn’t Roger head of the player’s “union?” If so, he could read them the riot act and give one last warning that there will be zero tolerance on doping and next time someone’s caught, they’re GONE for good. Sadly, there are new drugs out there that defy detection and enforcement is always behind the curve so the game of cat and mouse continues. It’s all about the image of the sport and until that’s affected it will be handled behind the scenes.
                Back to Delpo. Since he isn’t playing until Tues. or Wed. in Madrid, he barely enough time to get back in shape. Frankly, I’m not optimistic if he truly was as sick as is claimed. The other players smell blood in the water and will run him ragged if he can’t shorten the points or wear him down in 2 sets. His serve stats are so bad recently, his drop shots are pathetic and his only strong weapon is his forehand; can’t win with just one.

                • mariposaxprs says:

                  Overall, tennis has a fairly weak anti-doping structure. They announced they would adopt the bio-passport (which is a pretty comprehensive anti-doping program that cycling and track & field have already instituted), but the ITF have yet to show how they plan on going about instituting this program for tennis.

                  I’ve just heard DelPo withdrew from Madrid 😦 To be fully honest, I don’t know what to think. I’m normally doubtful that any tennis player’s reported “non-injury related illness” is ever as serious as claimed. His serves at Monte Carlo and Miami have definitely been weak, but there are also the competing claims of his left wrist injury and family issue to reason with. This is new territory, but I guess we’ll just have to wait & see how this all plays out. I updated with a post about DelPo’t withdrawal — over the weekend, I’ll do a short post about the ramifications for DelPo’s clay season in general…

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