Del Potro out of Australian Open

Doyle BarkerДек 27, 2016

Argentina tennis star Juan Martin del Potro has been ruled out of the first major of the season, Australian Open, due to fitness concerns.

Del Potro did win a tournament in Sweden, thrashing America's Jack Sock in the final of the Stockholm Open, but will now take a watching brief when the best players in the world descend on Australia in January.

Del Potro said earlier this week: "What I need is to have someone get me physically fit enough to last the whole year".

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A statement announcing that he was withdrawing from the season-opening Auckland Classic and the Australian Open said he needed more recovery time after leading Argentina to the Davis Cup title for the first time in November.

Del Potro began 2016 ranked 1,042th but finished at 38th after a year that included wins over Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

Martin Del Potro was also forced to withdraw from his warm up event, Auckland Classic.

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Del Potro, ranked World No. 38 in the most recent ATP rankings, enjoyed an wonderful comeback year that included a run to the gold medal match at the Rio Olympics (beating tennis stars such as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal along the way, ultimately taking silver behind Andy Murray) and a win over Murray at the Davis Cup to seal Argentina's first-ever win.

"I will not be ready to play the 2017 Australian Open", Keys, 21, said in a Twitter posting. Now ranked No. 1 ahead of Williams, Kerber won this year's Australian and US Open and will be hungry to add another Grand Slam title to her collection.

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