Juan Martín del Potro pulls out of Australian Open

  • Wrist injury rules Argentine out of first grand slam of year
  • ‘Could be a smart decision if I want to stay healthy’

Former US Open champion Juan Martín del Potro has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a lingering wrist injury that he was concerned could cause him further damage if he played the season opening grand slam.

The 26-year-old Argentine played just four tournaments last year after he injured his left wrist and made his comeback earlier this week by reaching the quarter-finals in Sydney but decided it was too risky to play at Melbourne Park.

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