James Duckworth hopes to be ready for Australian Summer

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James Duckworth hopes to be ready for Australian Summer

Australian tennis player James Duckworth is targeting to make a comeback in January.

The 25-year-old's 2017 season came to an end after just one match played.

The Australian lost to Italy's Paolo Lorenzi in the Australian Open first-round.

Shortly after the loss, Duckworth underwent a foot surgery. 

Duckworth, who started the year at No. 103, has plummeted to No. 307.

The Australian would need a wildcard entry into the Australian Open, Brisbane, or Sydney -- should he be ready to play.

Duckworth has featured the Australian Open main draw regularly since 2012.

The Australian has picked up three second-round and three first-round showings at Melbourne Park, respectively.

Australian tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt beat Duckworth in the Australian Open first-round last year before Spain's David Ferrer concluded his career in round two.

Duckworth would love to be healthy and ready for 2018 as he is entering the prime of his career.

The Australian, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 82 in 2015, has yet to win an ATP title.

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