In the last 30 hours, the web has been abuzz with news that defending US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, who hasn’t played a match since the Australian Open because of an injured right wrist, will make an appearance in New York a month from now to defend his title.
TSF breaks down the news and timelines of just how things panned out on Twitter and beyond.
Thursday, July 22nd, 9:17 AM — In what we see as the first evidence of JMdP’s comeback, SI writer L. Jon Wertheim Tweets:
Thursday, 9:30 AM — Montreal Gazette writer Stephanie Myles responds to Wertheim’s Tweet and provides her own analysis from the news:
Thursday, 11:25 AM — The USTA releases its “provisional entry list” for the 2010 tournament on its web site.
Thursday, 11:29 AM — Doug Robson, a tennis writer who regularly contributes to USA Today, Tweets that a USTA contact has confirmed that JMdP is already hitting:
Thursday, 11:50 AM — Less than a half hour later, an Associated Press story written by tennis writer Howard Fendrich appears on the web with Del Potro as the headline catch.
Thursday, 10:85 AM to early afternoon — Freelance writer Kamakshi Tandon follows the story on her account, but between her first Tweet about it (at bottom) and her last, doubt has popped in about the current status of JMdP:
Thursday, 12:04 PM — Tandon’s doubt was started by the Argentinean tennis blog, Fue Buena:
Thursday, mid afternoon — Tennis Magazine writer and former Tandon colleague Tom Perrotta weighs in:
Friday, July 23rd, 11:41 AM — Esteemed tennis writer Peter Bodo posts on ESPN.com about Del Potro’s return.
Friday, mid afternoon — On Twitter, marcos_z, an Argentiean writer says that USO won’t happen for JMdP and that Bangkok is earliest return:
Friday, 2:14 PM — Fuebuena blog posts that “The Idea is Bangkok” for Del Potro’s return.
Thursday, July 15th — The last time Del Potro himself had Tweeted, saying that the doctor was happy with his progress and he would pick up a racquet soon.
The Del Potro Twitter feed is quite active throughout this timeline.
(screen grabs via twitter)