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.



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