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Kei Nishikori Image Credit: AFP

Melbourne: A day after Andy Murray put his Grand Slam comeback on hold, Japan’s Kei Nishikori has become the latest high-profile player to withdraw from next month’s Australian Open, citing a right elbow injury.

Tennis Australia issued a statement saying Nishikori had withdrawn from the season-opening major at Melbourne Park and from the ATP Cup, a new international men’s team event which starts next week and will be played in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

The world No. 13, who has not played since a third-round loss to Australia’s Alex de Minaur at the US Open, required minor elbow surgery in the off-season.