Del Potro to skip Roland Garros


Juan Martin del Potro has opted to skip the French Open as he feels missing the clay-court grand slam will be beneficial for his continued recovery from a long-term injury.

The Argentine ace spent 11 months on the sidelines after having surgery on his left wrist before returning to action earlier this year.

Del Potro played his first event on clay in three years at the BMW Open last month, while he also contested the Madrid Open.

However, the 2009 US Open champion has decided to miss a trip to Roland Garros and start focusing on the grass-court season

"For the first time in my rehab process I can confirm I will play several tournaments in a row," read a statement on Del Potro's official Twitter account.

"We decided that the smartest move is to start my preparation for the grass season.

"The list of tournaments is yet to be confirmed, but I hope to play as much as possible. Sorry for my fans at Roland Garros. I am going to miss you one more year. I'll see you in 2017!"