Australian Open: Nicolas Almagro forced to pull out of event because of injury
Last Updated: 09/01/14 5:26am
Nicolas Almagro: Out of Australian Open due to a shoulder injury
Spain's world number 13 Nicolas Almagro has pulled out of the Australian Open because of a shoulder injury.
Almagro had already pulled out of this week's event in Sydney because of the problem.
And he confirmed: "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."
His absence in Melbourne is almost certain to adversely affect his world ranking, as he reached the quarter-finals last year before being beaten in a five-set thriller by fellow-Spaniard David Ferrer.
Of the top 32 in the world, only Almagro and world No 29 Jurgen Melzer have pulled out of the first grand slam of the year.