Cilic Withdraws From Brisbane, Del Potro Might Follow; Australian Open In Doubt For Both?

by Tom Gainey | December 31st, 2014, 10:18 am

Top 10 contenders and former US Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic will begin 2015 under an injury cloud.

Cilic has already officially withdrawn from the Brisban opener next week due to a right shoulder injury, the tournament announced. The Croat is still entered into Sydney.

And now there is speculation del Potro’s return from left wrist surgery could be further delayed preventing him from competing in the Australian swing.

Among those already out of the Australian Open are Tommy Haas, Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol, Janko Tipsarevic and Jack Sock.

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9 Comments for Cilic Withdraws From Brisbane, Del Potro Might Follow; Australian Open In Doubt For Both?

brando Says:

Wow that’s a bummer for both especially del Porto since he was saying he was no longer experiencing discomfort in his wrist. Sadly it seems like he still is. Should he skip AO- here’s hoping that’s not the case- then he’ll have spent a entire year off tour injured: that’s very tough to recover from on the ever evolving tour and extremely saddening for del Porto since really post his fantastic USO 2009 win in the following 5 seasons he’s spent as much Tim off tour or trying to get his ranking up as challenging for titles like we know he can. I think injuries have sadly blighted his chance to improve his game at the natural rate and we have been robbed from seeing what a player he could have possibly been. It’s our loss for sure since Del Potro-for me- had the game and mental strength that could have seen him be on that Federer, Nadal, Djokovic level. His talent really was that good.

RZ Says:

On the WTA side, I believe that Laura Robson is also out of Australia.

sienna Says:

cilic is best shot for that.
Delpotro 5 years since winning his slam. he never came really close again.

it took him a yearlast time tot get back. I donot think he will be back any sooner so his time is running out.

If one likes his game then Cilic is far far far better placed to do damage to top 3.

RZ Says:

For my fellow Tommy Haas fans, article on him being the true tennis “iron man”:

This stat struck me: “Before he blew out his shoulder the first time, Haas was 14-7 combined against Pete Sampras, Federer, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and Marat Safin. Sampras fared best against Haas, at 5-5.” Makes me wonder what could have been…

autoFilter Says:


Those are certainly some interesting stats. I’d like to know the rest of the head-to-heads as well, but the article doesn’t say.

Also: Happy New Year, everyone!

jane Says:

there’s a whole list of injured/ill tennis players here:

gulbis and theim are out of doha; tsonga’s out of hopman as is kyrgios; monfils is not playing the abu dhabi exo.

Margot Says:

Wow! Very early in the season for all these injuries and this year they’ve had a bit more time off too.

jane Says:

i know; it seems strange margot. hopefully these are just precautionary so that they’re all well for the AO. Says:

Wow, this is a poor start to a new season!

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