With the first major of the year unveiling its draw on Thursday evening decided a few pop-corn matches in Melbourne. However, there will be a few professional tennis players who won’t turn up for the Australian Open 2020, due to their prevailing injuries and personal reasons.
1. Andy Murray
The three-time major champion Andy Murray broke his retirement news at Australian Open 2019’s presser, but fortunately, he made a winning return in the same year. He withdrew from the ATP Cup and Aussie major this season due to groin injury. He has been struggling with it since he last played the final of the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid. Murray had a pre-season training regime planned in Miami, but consequently, he had to cancel it due to his poor fitness.
2. Juan Martin Del Potro
The Argentine tennis player Juan Martin del Potro has been dealing with a knee injury since Shanghai Masters 2018. He has still not recovered his former state of fitness. In the first half of 2019, he was plagued with injuries. Regardless of that, he played some epic matches on the tour.
His injury is persisting from Queens’ Championships 2019 after he won against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov. Since then Del Potro is sidelined from the ATP Tour. In 2020, he delays his return to the circuit. He is set to miss the Australian Open 2020 for the second consecutive time.
3. Kei Nishikori
The Japanese ace and the man who represents Asian tennis Kei Nishikori won’t be present at Australian Open 2020. He called off his tennis season 2019 in the month of October due to his ongoing issues with his right elbow. The former quarterfinalist of Melbourne believes that he on the brink of his tennis career.
4. Victoria Azarenka
The two-time Aussie Open champion Victoria Azarenka did not play a tennis match since US Open 2019. She was suffering from a shoulder injury which forced her to wrap up her 2019 before the Asian swing. However, she pulled out from the Australian Open 2020 due to personal reasons.
5. Bianca Andreescu
The reigning US Open champion Bianca Andreescu pulled out from the Australian Open 2020 due to a knee problem. It occurred at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen in October last year. The injury also forced her to retire in her match against Karolina Pliskova and the year-end championship was left incomplete from Andreescu’s side.
6. Richard Gasquet
The Frenchman Richard Gasquet has been sidelined from the ATP Tour since Swiss Indoors Basel last year. He is struggling with a knee injury and his return to the circuit is not determined.
7. Kim Clijsters
The former Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters made broke the news of her surprising return to the circuit during the Australian summer. However, she delays her comeback to professional tennis due to her knee injury. Clijsters has taken wildcard entries into three tournaments which are Monterrey Open in Mexico, Indian Wells, and Charleston Open 2020.
8. Alex De Minaur
9. Andrea Petkovic
The German tennis player Andrea Petkovic has withdrawn from the Australian Open 2020. She has been diagnosed with a bruised bone in her left knee and that is stopping her from playing professional tennis.
10. Lucas Pouille
The former semifinalist at Australian Open Lucas Pouille will kick-start his season 2020 in February. He hasn’t played on the tour since October 2019 because of a right elbow injury.
11. Jared Donaldson
Former World Number 48 Jared Donaldson hasn’t played professional tennis since the Miami Open qualifying event in March 2019. He is yet to recover from his right knee surgery.
12. Vera Zvonareva
Former World Number two Vera Zvonareva has pulled out from the Australian Open 2020 amid a wrist injury.
13. Laura Robson
The British tennis player Laura Robson underwent multiple hip surgeries in 2018 and 2019. Former World Number 27 Robson is yet to make her comeback on the WTA Tour.
14. Daria Gavrilova
The Australian tennis player Daria Gavrilova is recovering from her injuries. She will take a special ranking and she hopes to return in March.
15. Monica Puig
The tennis player from Puerto Rico Monica Puig has undergone an operation to fix the ulnar nerve. She might start her season in February.
16. Alex Dolgopolov
Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov has delayed his comeback to the circuit. The former World Number 13 underwent an operation on his left leg.
17. Robert Farah
18. Nicolas Jarry
Nicolas Jarry was provisionally suspended from the circuit for failing a drug test during Davis Cup 2019 Finals in Madrid. He was tested positive for Ligandrol metabolite and Stanozolol metabolite.
19. Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina last played at the French Open 2020 and her reasons for her absence from the circuit are unknown.