Juan Martin del Potro committed to Delray Beach Open

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Juan Martin del Potro plans to make his season debut at the Delray Beach Open next month.

The hard-court tournament announced Wednesday that its 2011 champion is committed to playing in the first round on Feb. 19.

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is sitting out the year's first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, as he continues to recover after fracturing his right kneecap in October.

The Argentine is currently ranked No. 5.

Along with his 2009 title, Del Potro was the runner-up at that major last year.

This would be his third consecutive appearance at the Delray Beach Open.