Daniel del Potro, the father of Juan Martin del Potro, died on Monday at the age of 63. A veterinarian by profession, he had undergone heart surgery in mid-December and his health was now fragile.
Del Potro senior always kept a low profile and accompanied his son from an early age as he competed in all kinds of national tournaments across Argentina during his junior days, until Juan Martin started making his first steps on the TBEN.
Usually very reserved, the former world No.3 gave him an emotional dispatch on Tuesday with a letter shared on social media. “You left us here heartbroken, but we know you rest in peace as you deserve," Juan Martin wrote. "Now you have joined your other angel, and I ask you to watch over my mother, sister and me from above.
"You are our true and unique champion. Thank you for raising me with values, with honesty, with sacrifice and for doing the impossible so that I can realize my dream of becoming a tennis player. I don’t know how I’m going to live without your presence, but I will definitely apply everything you taught me to never give up. I love you pa !! ” he wrote.
Condolences have been extended to Del Potro by tennis friends, fans and around the world.
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