Del Potro back after four-year Davis Cup absence


Buenos Aires: Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open winner who is slowly recovering from a series of injuries, is set to return to Argentina’s Davis Cup team after a four-year absence.

The 27-year-old has not played for his country in the competition after falling out with Argentine tennis bosses, David Nalbandian and former skipper Martin Jaite.

But the former world number four, who sits a lowly 164th in the ATP rankings, will make his long-awaited Davis Cup return against Italy in Pesaro on July 15-17, it was announced on Friday.

Nalbandian’s retirement and Jaite’s departure opened the door for del Potro’s return for the quarter-finals of the competition, on clay, in the week after Wimbledon.

Argentine captain Daniel Orsanic also called up Federico Delbonis (ranked 37th), Guido Pella (51) and Juan Monaco (97).

The winner of the Italy-Argentina clash will face a semi-final against Britain, led by world number two Andy Murray, or world number one Novak Djokovic’s Serbia.

Del Potro’s 2015 season was wrecked by a recurring left wrist injury and he only returned to competition in February at Delray Beach, where he reached the semi-finals.