Although Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka have yet to officially announce their withdrawals from the Australian Open, the Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori has just confirmed he will miss the Australian Open with the same wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the majority of the 2017 Summer hardcourt season including the Us Open.
Nishikori, the former world number 4 announced the following on his mobile phone APP “The Aussie Open is my favourite Slam…it’s my ‘home’ Slam…and it hurts that I will miss this year.”
Considering the amount of injuries that have occurred lately, one has to question what the ATP Tour will do to ensure the longevity of the careers of many, the 2018 season is set to end on the 25 November with the Davis Cup Final being the last match of the season. This leaves a mere 5-6 weeks as an off season – is this enough time for the professional tennis players to regroup and recover from any injuries sustained during the year?!!!!
Categories: Australian Open