Alex de Minaur made the excruciating call to retire from this year’s Australian Open, revealing that he has a grade two four centimeter tear in his abdominal.
The de Minaur, with the highest seed, was forced to abandon Adelaide International Monday because of the same abdominal problem he suffered in the grueling Australian campaign of the ATP Cup.
While de Minaur had remained confident that he would recover in time to appear in his home shot, his injury remains so serious that it can only serve in the armpits. The 20-year-old is looking for a four-week recovery.
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“It’s serious,” said De Minaur on Thursday afternoon.
“Getting out of bed hurts. Even if it killed me, it’s the right decision. ”
Earlier in the week, de Minaur painted a less-than-rosy picture for his Australian prospects, saying that his injury was a “day-to-day” proposal.
“It’s something that’s not ideal and at this stage we are only looking at short-term goals and trying to improve a lot of treatments every day,” he said.
“I have seen physicists, I have seen doctors and will continue to do so for the whole week and I hope to be ready to play in Melbourne.”
De Minaur was playing well by going to the Australian Open, winning two singles for Australia at the ATP Cup tournament last week and bringing Rafael Nadal to three sets.
It would have been sown n. 20 at the Australian Open starting Monday in Melbourne Park.
– with AAP