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.

Rio Olympics 2016: Most Memorable Moments from the Opening Ceremony

Read article

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.

PHOTOS: Olympic Athletes: Where Are They Now?

Read article

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.

PHOTOS: Olympic Athletes Turned TV and Movie Stars

Read article

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

For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!