De Minaur faces race to be fit for Melbourne

Australia’s Alex De Minaur has withdrawn as top seed at the Adelaide International, citing an existing abdominal injury.

The 18th-ranked Australia was to have headed the field after helping his country to the semi-finals of the ATP Cup at the weekend in Sydney.

The tournament’s bad luck continues, with the De Minaur pull coming two days after Novak Djokovic announced from Sydney that he would not be able to play in the inaugural Adelaide tournament.

“I re-aggravated an abdominal injury and have had to withdraw,” No. 18 De Minaur said. “It’s devastating, Adelaide has been part of my schedule for a long time.

“I was looking forward to playing but I have to take care of my body. It’s not the happiest moment, but this is something that happens.

“I’ve got to do what I can to make sure the body recovers.”

De Minaur has just a week to aim for fitness when the Australian Open starts.

“My sole focus is making sure I recover for the next one. I had a great ATP Cup week, and played some great tennis.”

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