Marin Cilic has pulled out from the 2023 Australian Open, the 34-year-old Croatian announced on social media on Wednesday.
“Not a great start to 2023 and few tough days in Melbourne. Devastated I can’t play this year at AustralianOpen but health comes first. See you next year Melbourne,” tweeted Cilic, who was the runner-up in 2018.
Last week, top-seeded Cilic had withdrawn from his quarterfinal clash against eventual champion Tallon Griekspoor at Tata Open Maharashtra due to a knee injury sustained in warm-up, hours before the match.
Former World No. 3 and 2014 US Open champion Cilic is not the first high-profile name who will miss the first Major of the year. World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz had earlier announced that he will not be able to make it to this year’s Australian Open as he had hurt himself “through a chance, unnatural movement in training.”
READ: Full list of players who will miss 2023 Australian Open
Two-time Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has also withdrawn from the tournament. However, the reason for her absence was not mentioned by the tournament organisers.
Venus Williams, former World No. 1 but currently ranked outside the top 1000, was given a wildcard to play in her 22nd Australian Open but suffered an injury during the warm-up tournament, the ASB Classic in New Zealand.