A right shoulder injury has not recovered 100% and the Croatian number one does not want to risk long-term damage and has decided to withdraw from the year’s first Grand Slam which gets underway in Melbourne on 19 January.
“I am really disappointed to announce that I had to withdraw from the Australian Open. Right shoulder injury, that hampers me for some time now and forced me to withdraw from the ATP event in Brisbane, is improving day by day, but I still don’t feel fit enough to be able to compete at the highest level. I am really sad that I won’t be able to participate in Melbourne, especially after winning the last Grand Slam in New York, but I was advised by doctors to be careful as much as possible to avoid even more serious problems. I have received lots of support letters from my fans worldwide lately and I am grateful for your support and best wishes. I was really looking forward to be back on court in Australia and now I hope we will meet very soon in Zagreb,” Čilić announced on Saturday.
Čilić is aiming to be back on court at the Zagreb Indoors tournament on 31 January.