Marin Cilic explains reasons behind Pune Open withdrawal

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Marin Cilic explains reasons behind Pune Open withdrawal

Through his official Instagram account, Marin Cilic has explained the reasons that led him to withdraw from the Pune Open that starts on Monday, December 31. The Croatian player, who was supposed to be the second-seeded player in the main draw behind Kevin Anderson, won't be able to make it to India due to a knee injury.

'I am sad to announce I have had to pull out of the Maharashtra Open. My sincerest apologies to the fans and organizers. I was looking forward to returning, however, my knee pains that began toward the end of the season have escalated.

Treatments during the short offseason have been helping but there is still a ways to go and I cannot go into this tournament knowing I am not currently able to give 100%. I will miss celebrating New Year’s in India this year as I have done for so many years now, but I hope to continue my New Year’s tradition there next year! Happy Holidays to all and I look forward to seeing many of you in Australia!', wrote Cilic.

The world No. 7 ended his 2018 season in late November as he competed in the Davis Cup final winning it against France, after that he had some holidays at the Caribbean with his wife Kristina and he came back to practice a few weeks ago in Monte Carlo.

We will see if he can actually make it to the Australian Open, where he reached the final earlier this year losing to the 20-time Major winner Roger Federer.

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