Robin Soderling announced today that he will not be able to play the Australian Open next month.
“I am very sorry for being away for so long and for not giving many updates but my recovery has been longer than expected,” Soderling posted via twitter. “I am feeling better with each day but it will still take some time before I can start practicing in full speed. My goal is to start with practice in January and I hope for tournament comeback in February but at this stage it is hard to know when and where. I hope my body will allow me to do that. I will try to give you more updates. I love reading your messages and appreciate your support and encouragement very much.”
The 27-year-old Soderling hasn’t played because of mono since winning the Bastad title in early July.
Despite missing half the season the Swede still finished No. 13 in the final ATP Rankings.
Soderling is the first player in the Top 20 to withdraw from the first Grand Slam of the 2012 tennis season.
After winning just two matches in his career there, Soderling enjoyed his best Australian Open last year reaching the fourth round where he lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov in five sets.
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