Injured Uri Botello ends season — to undergo surgery
Uri Botello's tough season continues. The Melilla son has missed many competitions and also separated from his long-time partner Javi Ruiz. Now he is forced to retire for the rest of the season.
"I would like to announce that unfortunately, I will not be able to continue this season due to the knee injury that has been bothering me for the last two months," Botello writes on Instagram.
After several years together, Javi Ruiz and Uri Botello announced that there would be no further collaboration in July. The season had not gone as planned, and apart from a semi-final in the Marbella Master, the results overall were not what was expected. The Spaniard has had various problems all season, both with injuries and in addition, he has had covid-19. And one of the reasons has been Botello's recurring injuries.
Since that separation, Botello has been playing with Ramiro Moya, but the results have been lacking - most recently, in Menorca, they went out against Juan Mieres/Mati Diaz. Lately, Botello has been playing with pain in his knee, and now he has had enough. He announces on his Instagram that he's calling it quits this season.
"I can't deny it's tough. But to play so long with pain, when it just hurts more and more, then I prefer to quit, operate, and then be back a hundred percent in mid-December," he writes.
"I would like to thank Ramiro Moyano for his support over the last two months and apologize for not being able to play better. It has not been easy, and we have fought against everything".
Botello has fallen to 28th in the world rankings.