A week after enduring a knee injury that made him quit going into the court for the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 in Pune, India, Marin Cilic introduced that he will certainly not compete in the Australian Open. The Croatian stopped working to recover in time for the very first Grand Slam of the year, which begins on Monday.
“Not a good begin to 2023. Devastated not being able to play the Australian Open this year, but health and wellness comes. See you next year Melbourne!”, Cilic created on his social media. The skilled 34-year-old was a finalist in Australia in 2018 and also played in a semi in 2010.
Not a great start to 2023 and few tough days in Melbourne.
Devastated I can't play this year at @AustralianOpen but health comes first.
See you next year Melbourne!
— Marin Cilic (@cilic_marin) January 11, 2023
With Cilic’s withdrawal being verified with the quali in progress, the Croatian’s place in the group will be a lucky-loser. Furthermore, the departure of the present 18th in the ranking wind up making room for a new seed, a vacancy that needs to be with the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, 34th in the world, who is currently free to encounter the top place in the initial 2 rounds.