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Del Potro out of ASB Classic

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/12/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

Juan Martin del Potro has confirmed his withdrawal from the ASB Classic in Auckland and the subsequent Australian Open after dropping hints recently that he would miss both January tournaments.

Argentine media reported that the Davis Cup hero from last month believed he would not be fit enough to compete as he continues the rehabilitation of his left wrist.

The player's management has confirmed that the former US Open winner, now ranked 38th, will only start his ATP season in February but could not say at which tournament.

"In 2017 I want to enjoy being healthy and knowing that I have the peace of mind," Del Potro said of his upcoming season.

Del Potro had climbed back inside the world top 50 following a remarkable comeback year in 2016 which included leading Argentina to their maiden Davis Cup triumph.

The 28-year-old has played in Auckland once before, when he won the tournament as the top seed.

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