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Del Potro pulls out of Australian Open due to wrist injury

Del Potro pulls out of Australian Open due to wrist injury

Posted by Juan Gavasa on January 19, 2015

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro said Sunday he was pulling out of the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam event, due to continuing problems with his left wrist and planned to return to the ATP Tour at the Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.

"I have not felt prepared to play in this great tournament, my first Grand Slam after a year, and playing five or six matches is very hard. It might be dangerous for my wrist and also for my health. It's a tough decision, but it's intelligent if I want to stay healthy and play the whole year," the 26-year-old Del Potro said.

The Argentine star initially expected to return to action at the Brisbane International, but he pulled out of the tournament.

Del Potro returned to action last week at the Apia International Sydney, where he was the defending champion and got a wildcard.

The 6-foot-6 Argentine, who had not played a tournament since last February due to the wrist injury, had a positive week in Sydney after his 11-month injury layoff, but he fell on Thursday in the quarterfinals to Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin.

Del Potro hit the courts on Saturday at Melbourne Park, but he was unable to finish his practice session.

"It hurts," Del Potro, a former U.S. Open champion, said after hitting some shots with Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas on the practice court.

He cancelled his hitting session on Sunday with Australia's Bernard Tomic and immediately announced that he was pulling out of the Australian Open.

Dr. Richard Berger operated on the Argentine star's left wrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, last March.

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