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US Open champion Marin Cilic withdraws from Australian Open

Marin Cilic Melbourne, Jan 10 (IANS) US Open champion Croatian Marin Cilic Saturday withdrew from the Australian Open tennis tournament, starting ...

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News 10 Jan 2015, 19:40 IST
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Melbourne, Jan 10 (IANS)

US Open champion Croatian Marin Cilic Saturday withdrew from the Australian Open tennis tournament, starting 19th January, with a shoulder injury.

"I have a right shoulder injury which has hampered me for some time now," Cilic said in a statement on Saturday.

Cilic beat Kei Nishikori to win his first Grand Slam title in September last year. The 26-year-old was struggling with a right shoulder problem for more than a month and skipped the Brisbane International tennis tournament.

"I am really sad that I won't be able to participate in Melbourne, especially after winning the last Grand Slam in New York," said Cilic.

"But I was advised by doctors to be careful as much as possible to avoid even more serious problems. It is improving day by day, but I still don't feel fit enough to be able to compete at the highest level."

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