Following DelPo’s surprise defeat to Benoit Paire in R3, he flew straight home to Argentina.
Per his media manager, Jorge Viale, DelPo returned home at the request of his doctor. Viale gave a short update of DelPo (source):
Juan Martin del Potro suffered a viral infection that was followed by bronchospasms, which had prevented him from fully training in the two weeks after the Monte Carlo Masters.
He should have continued to rest [instead of playing Rome], but his efforts to rush his return led to a setback in his physical and respiratory recovery. His medical team, led by Dr. Roberto Peidro, advised him to return to Argentina in order to resume an intensive physical recovery plan that would help him return back to the tour as soon as possible.
DelPo is confirmed to have flown straight back to Argentina after his R3 loss to Paire in Rome. There is no official news yet as to whether or not he will play Roland Garros this year.
The news of DelPo’s virus first broke out nearly a month ago, following his early loss to Nieminen at Monte Carlo. Given the prominence of mononucleosis on the ATP tour, it’s tough not to think that DelPo may have been stricken by a particularly vicious virus. Fortunately, at this time, there is no news to indicate that DelPo is suffering from mono.
Nevertheless, the virus has set him back a month’s worth of progress on the tour.
The fact that DelPo has flown back home to Argentina from Rome (a nearly 14 hour flight) means that his chances of flying back in time for Roland Garros this year (which would require a similar 14+ hour journey) are very slim. Part of me is curious is why he couldn’t find a competent doctor in Europe to help him through his recovery, so that he could recoup in time for Roland Garros. I suppose the fact that he flew back home is an indication of how serious this virus has now become.
At this point, it seems the best play is to simply hope for DelPo’s full recovery from this illness. Perhaps, like Murray, DelPo would do better to set his sights on grass and forgo any hopes of pulling off major performances on clay in 2013.