An already ravaged Australian Open field has taken another hit, with a high-ranking Aussie announcing their withdrawal from the tournament on Saturday. Get the latest here.
Aussie ace Ajla Tomljanovic has stunned the tennis world by withdrawing from the Australian Open on the eve of the tournament.
Tomljanovic was scheduled to front the media at 3pm on Saturday to discuss her chances of carrying on from Ash Barty’s glory 12 months ago.
But the 29-year-old took to Instagram shortly before 1pm to announce she had pulled out through injury.
“It absolutely pains me to have to write this message but unfortunately I won’t be able to compete at this years Australian Open,” Tomljanovic wrote.
“I’ve done absolutely everything in my power to get healthy but just ran out of time to heal and be 100% ready to compete at a high level.
“It’s been a very tough decision to make but I have to listen to my body.
It’s no secret that this is my favourite place to play so it hurts to miss out on a great opportunity to play in front of my home crowd and to be surrounded by the incredible love and atmosphere.
“To all my Aussie fans, I wanna say thank you for always supporting me and cheering me on, I’m gonna miss you guys big time this year.”
Tomljanovic, who famously ended Serena Williams’ career at last year’s US Open, had been scheduled to play Nadia Podoroska in the first round.
Meanwhile, title contender Paula Badosa, who knocked Tomljanovic out of last year’s Australian Open will also miss the first Grand Slam of 2023.
The 11th seed had been in excellent form but withdrew after failing to recover from an injury she sustained at the Adelaide International.
Badosa posted on Twitter: “Bad news…During the quarterfinal match in Adelaide, I hurt myself and after receiving the results I will have to be out a few weeks.
“Sad to miss the Australian Open this year, really going to miss it. I will do everything I can to return as soon as possible.”
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Originally published as Ajla Tomljanovic out of Aus Open on eve of tournament