Juan Martin del Potro enjoyed a resurrection in 2016. Argentina's best player won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he had some big match-wins over top players, and he also helped his country win its first Davis Cup tournament. Most importantly, all signs for the big man point to good health as del Potro recently committed to playing at ATP Auckland 2017.

ATP Auckland starts in 2nd week of 2017

The Auckland tournament, known as the ASB classic, is a two-week event with the women's tournament to be played first. Serena Williams is the big name in that event at this point. The men's tournament, which is a 250-level event (bottom rung on tour), will run in the 2nd week of the new year.

The draw date for men's singles is January 7th.

The news of Juan Martin del Potro signing for the Auckland event comes from the home page for the tournament. A November 30th unnamed-author article stated "The ASB Classic has signed the ATP’s Comeback Player of the Year Juan Martin del Potro."

Del Potro has played well in Auckland before

The tournament in Auckland is not one that del Potro has contested much in his career. He first attended the event in 2007 when he suffered a defeat in the first round. In 2009 he re-entered the event and won the title through a respectable draw that included Ernests Gulbis, Viktor Troicki, Robin Soderling, and Sam Querrey. That was the same season that del Potro won the US Open title at Flushing Meadows.

Of his 19 career titles, two of them have come during the South Pacific swing. That might not seem like a large total, however it's important to keep in mind that few tournaments are played ahead of the Australian Open in the South Pacific. The often-injured Argentine won Sydney in 2014, before going on a title drought that only recently ended in Stockholm.

Other players that the home page lists as participants in ATP Auckland are Roberto Bautista-Agut, John Isner, David Ferrer, Jack Sock, Feliciano Lopez, Steve Johnson, and then more peripheral contenders. If you were to pick a favorite to win Auckland at this point then I think it would be JMD. He's a much better player than Bautista-Agut while Isner and Ferrer both lost a step in 2016.

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