Tennis: Del Potro ruled out of Madrid Open with virus

Reuters, Friday 3 May 2013

Del Potro withdraws from next week's Madrid Open because of a viral infection

Juan Martin del Potro
Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro prepares to serve the ball to Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek during their Davis Cup semifinal tennis match in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Photo: AP)

World number seven Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from next week's Madrid Open because of a viral infection, organisers said on Friday.

The heavy-hitting Argentine reached the semi-finals last year before losing to Czech Tomas Berdych.

"He has a virus and will not be fit to play," a statement on the tournament's website ( said. "We wish him a fast recovery."

Belgian David Goffin, who was in the qualifying tournament, will take Del Potro's place in the main draw.

The claycourt Masters Series tournament features the big four of world number one Novak Djokovic, defending champion Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.

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