World No. 13 Nicolas Almagro has been forced to withdraw from the Australian Open with a shoulder injury. The Spaniard had withdrawn from the Apia International this week and it now appears that his injury was more severe than originally anticipated.
“I can tell you that I will not be able to go to Australia, now I need to continue recuperating and look to the future with optimism.”
After reaching the quarter-final in Melbourne last year, before losing to fellow countryman David Ferrer, the decision to withdraw from the 2014 edition will undoubtedly impact his overall ranking.
Almagro is now the second competitor in the top 32 players to withdraw from the event, with Jurgen Meltzer being the first. The word no. 27 has not played a professional match since his loss to Kei Nishikori in the Shanghai Masters last year.
The Australian Open takes place in Melbourne between January 13-26.