(January 10, 2015) 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic has pulled out from the Australian Open with a right shoulder injury.
The ninth-ranked Croat announced on his website on Saturday he is sorry that he will not be able to participate at the season-opening major:
“I am really disappointed to announce that I had to withdraw from the Australian Open,” Cilic announced on his website. “It is a right shoulder injury, that hampers me for some time now and forced me to withdraw from the ATP World Tour event in Brisbane. It 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 being back on court in Australia and now I hope we will meet very soon in Zagreb.”
The Australian Open begins on January 19.