Melzer out of Australian Open

  • Last Updated: January 5 2014, 16:59 GMT

Austria's Jurgen Melzer has been forced to withdraw from the Australian Open with a shoulder injury.

Jurgen Melzer: Shoulder injury
Jurgen Melzer: Shoulder injury

The world number 27 has not played since a second-round defeat to Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Shanghai Masters in October due to the problem.

Melzer joins Janko Tipsarevic, who continues to struggle with a heel problem, in missing the event.

The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, starts in Melbourne on January 13.

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