Juan Martin del Potro to miss opening tennis grand smack of the season

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Source:   —  December 24, 2016, at 7:45 AM

Organizers of the Auckland Classic in New Zealand released a statement to declare that the favorite Argentine would miss both their tournament, which starts on January two, and the Australian Open later that month."Juan Martin del Potro has confirmed he'll withdraw from the Australasian swing due to fitness issues," the Classic organisers said.

Juan Martin del Potro to miss opening tennis grand smack of the season

Juan Martin del Potro will miss the opening grand smack of the two thousand seventeen season due to fitness concerns, it was announced Saturday.

Organizers of the Auckland Classic in New Zealand released a statement to declare that the favorite Argentine would miss both their tournament, which starts on January two, and the Australian Open later that month.

"Juan Martin del Potro has confirmed he'll withdraw from the Australasian swing due to fitness issues," the Classic organisers said.

Del Potro lit up the world of tennis in two thousand-sixteenth with a remarkable comeback which saw him get Olympic silver in the men'south singles in Rio, before leading Argentina to its first Davis Cup title latest month, beating Marin Cilic in a thrilling five-setter in the final in Zagreb.

He finished the season ranked thirty-eighth, including notable wins over Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and No.1 Andy Murray, having started it exterior the top 1.000.

It's a blow for the Auckland tournament, which has Serena and Venus Williams among its line-up in the women'south singles, but was billing del Potro as its star attraction in the men's singles.

In other tennis news Saturday, American Madison Keys confirmed she'll miss the Australian Open with a minor wrist injury.

Keys finished two thousand sixteen ranked eighth but has had surgery on her left wrist since playing in the finish of season WTA Championships and hasn't recovered in time for the Australian Open which starts on January 16.

"I'll not be prepared to play the two thousand seventeen Australian Open," Keys, twenty-one, said in a Twitter posting.

Among leading players, she joins Petra Kvitova on the sidelines, the Czech having been ruled out for six months after an horrific knife attack at her residence earlier this week.

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