Japanese favourite Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from the Australian Open because he’s still recovering from a hip injury.
Nishikori, who reached a career-high ranking of fourth shortly after becoming the first man from Asia to reach a major final at the 2014 US Open, has been plagued by injuries in recent years and struggled for consistency.
“Since the end of last year I have been struggling with my hip,” Nishikori, currently ranked 47th, said on Twitter on Thursday.
“It is not 100% recovered yet and I will have to pull out of the Aussie swing.
“This is very disappointing as the Australian Open feels like my “home” grand slam… And can’t wait to be back next year.”
The 32-year-old suffered a first-round exit in last year’s edition of the Melbourne Park major, which begins on January 17.