Del Potro confirms Delray Beach return


Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has confirmed his long-awaited return to the ATP World Tour will be at the Delray Beach Open.

The Argentine, a former world number four, played just two tournaments last year before undergoing wrist surgery in June.

Del Potro, 27, has been preparing for a potential return, which he confirmed would come in Florida at the ATP 250 tournament starting February 15.

"I wanted to share the news and also the happiness that I feel knowing that I will play a tennis tournament once again after such a long time," he said in a YouTube video.

"The uncertainty, all the bad moments I had to go through, so many mood swings, really difficult days, that make you think about giving up.

"Still, I am lucky to be surrounded by great people to support me and help me out during the most difficult moments in my career."

Del Potro won the 2009 US Open, but his troublesome wrist has threatened to end his career.

He has won 18 ATP tournaments, the last of which was the Sydney International in 2014.