An already devastated Australian Open field has taken another blow when a senior Australian announced his withdrawal from the tournament on Saturday. Get the latest here.
Australian ace Ajla Tomljanovic has stunned the tennis world by withdrawing from the Australian Open on the eve of the tournament.
Tomljanovic was due to appear before the media at 3pm on Saturday to discuss her chances of continuing Ash Barty’s fame 12 months ago.
But the 29-year-old took to Instagram just before 1pm to announce she had pulled out due to injury.
“It pains me a lot to have to write this message, but unfortunately I cannot compete at this year’s Australian Open,” Tomljanovic wrote.
“I’ve done absolutely everything in my power to get well, but I just haven’t had time to heal and be 100% ready to compete at a high level.
“It was a very difficult decision, but I have to listen to my body.
It’s no secret that this is my favorite place to play, so it hurts to miss the great opportunity to play in front of my home crowd and be surrounded by the incredible love and atmosphere.
“I would like to thank all my Australian fans for always supporting and cheering me on. I will miss you very much this year.”
Tomljanovic, who famously ended Serena Williams’ career at the US Open last year, was set to face Nadia Podoroska in the first round.
Title contender Paula Badosa, who threw Tomljanovic out of the race at the Australian Open last year, will also miss the first Grand Slam of 2023.
The 11th seed was in excellent form but withdrew after failing to recover from an injury sustained at the Adelaide International.
Badosa tweeted: “Bad news… I got injured during the quarter final game in Adelaide and after getting the results I’ll be out for a couple of weeks.
“Sad to miss the Australian Open this year, I’m really going to miss it. I will do everything to return as soon as possible.”
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