Buenos Aires - Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro is set to make his return to competition at the Sydney ATP tournament, beginning on Monday, after almost a year on the sidelines with a wrist injury.
The Argentine, who memorably won the US Open in 2009 at the age of 20 when he defeated Roger Federer, reached a high of world number four the same year before being plagued with a series of long-term injuries.
"I adore the circuit, the competition and that has been more of an influence on my decision rather than the pain in my hand," Del Potro said on his Facebook account.
"I am not expecting great results, I just want simply to relive the joy of competition after almost one year away from the courts," added the 26-year-old who won the Sydney tournament last year before breaking down in Dubai in February which led to left wrist surgery.
Del Potro also had a long layoff in 2010, when he peaked at world number four, stemming from an injury to his right wrist before bouncing back and breaking into the top five at the end of 2013.
The lanky right-handed Buenos Aires native, who is now ranked at 135, has also reached the semi-finals of the French Open (2009) and Wimbledon (2013) as well as two Australian Open quarter-finals (2009, 2012).