Wellington - Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro
will attempt to extend his remarkable comeback in 2016 when he launches the
2017 season at Auckland's ASB Tennis Classic in January.
Del Potro, who played only six tournaments in 2014 and 2015
because of a wrist injury, was named the ATP's Comeback Player of the Year
after lifting his ranking from 1 045 in February to 38.
He reached the singles final at the Rio de Janiero Olympics
and since June has beaten world No 1s Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. More
recently, he steered Argentina to its first Davis Cup victory.
Del Potro won the Auckland tournament in 2009, going on to
win that year's US Open.
Tournament director Karl Budge said del Potro "wants to
hit balls and get into a groove going into the Australian Open" at which
he will be unseeded.