Another top name has passed on a trip Down Under. Due to his elbow, Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from the Australian swing.
Nishikori underwent surgery on his right elbow in October. He hasn’t played since a third round loss at the US Open to Alex De Minaur and will now miss the ATP Cup and the Australian Open.
“Unfortunately I have to pull out of the ATP Cup and the Aussie Open,” Nishikori said.
“Today, together with my team, we have made this decision as I am still not 100 per cent ready (or) healthy to compete at the highest level.
“This decision was not taken lightly as Australia is one of my favorite places to compete.
“Together with my team I will keep working hard to be back on court as soon as possible. Thanks for all the support.”
The announcement was made on Nishikori’s 30th birthday.
Nishikori follows the recent withdrawals of Andy Murray, 2019 semifinalist Lucas Pouille and former champion Victoria Azarenka.
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