Wednesday 23 January 2019

Juan Martin Del Potro pulls out of Australian Open due to knee injury

Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Press Association Sport staff

Juan Martin Del Potro is to miss the Australian Open.

The world number five is still recovering from a knee injury suffered in Shanghai in October.

"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 wrote on Twitter.

"Unfortunately it won't happen in Australia, I'll miss you @AustralianOpen, but I'm happy with my progress."

Del Potro, 30, had a largely successful 2018, winning at Indian Wells and reaching the US Open final.

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