Juan Martin del Potro has announced in a press conference that he has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells as a result of the same wrist injury that forced him to retire in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships a little less than two weeks ago.
Del Potro, who was defending finalist at this event, will lose 600 points as a result of his withdrawal and drop down to No.7 in the ATP rankings—a significant distance from the No.4 spot he occupied just one month ago. Advised by his doctor, the Argentine says his new focus is on getting healthy for next week’s tournament in Miami.
Set to play Feliciano Lopez in a highly anticipated, second round match today, Del Potro will instead be replaced by lucky loser James Ward. That match will be held on Stadium 2.