The first big name to pull out of the Australian Open is world No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine fractured his knee last fall in Shanghai and has yet to recover from the injury in time to go to Australia.
“I hope you have a great 2019. Recovery is going great and I will tell you later where I will be making my comeback,” he posted on twitter. “Unfortunately it won’t happen in Australia, I’ll miss you @AustralianOpen, but I’m happy with my progress ☺️
“Happy New Year! Enjoy!”
It’s the fourth time in the last five years Del Potro has missed the Australian Open. Last year, after reaching the Auckland final, he lost in the third round to Tomas Berdych in Melbourne.
2018 was the first year since 2012 that Del Potro was able to play all four Grand Slams. It won’t happen this year for the 30-year-old.
Richard Gasquet is also out of the Australian Open.
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