Local hope De Minaur pulls out of Australian Open due to injury
World number 21 Alex de Minaur was forced to pull out of the Australian Open on Thursday with an abdominal injury, robbing the men's singles draw of one of its strongest local challengers.
The Australian number one aggravated the abdominal strain during the ATP Cup and was also forced to pull out of this week's Adelaide International.
The 20-year-old, who reached the third round at Melbourne Park and won three ATP Tour titles last year, conceded that despite intensive treatment, he was not fit enough to compete at his home Grand Slam.
"Even getting out of bed hurts," he told reporters at Melbourne Park.
" "Even though it killed me, it's the right decision.""
Australian former world number 17 Bernard Tomic slumped out of the first round of qualifying at Melbourne Park this week complaining of breathing difficulties in the bushfire smoke.