Argentinian Tennis Player Juan Martin Del Potro Gets Stuck in Elevator for 40 Minutes Ahead of Olympic Match

Juan Martin Del Porto
Juan Martin Del Porto at the ATP tennis Open in Munich on April 29, 2016. CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images

Not the best way to prep for a game! Argentinian tennis star Juan Martin Del Potro found himself trapped in an elevator with no means of communication on Sunday, August 7, just hours before a big match.

The 27-year-old tennis pro hopped into an Olympic Village elevator and found himself in the dark with no cellphone service for nearly 40 minutes before the Argentinian handball team found and rescued him, his publicist, Jorge Viale, told NBC.

Del Potro was set to face off against Serbian athlete Novak Djokovic in a first-round match, which he was able to make in time, thanks to the handball team.

Excited handballer Fede Pizarro posted a photo of himself with Del Potro and another handball player as proof of the unlikely incident. In the image, the three men smile at the camera; a photo that Viale shared earlier in the day of Potro trapped in the elevator did not look quite so happy.

Del Potro is best known for defeating Roger Federer in 2009 to win the U.S. Open.

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