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Croatia's Cilic pulls out of Maharashtra Open

Marin Cilic (AP)
Marin Cilic (AP)

New Delhi - Former US Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia on Friday pulled out of next week's Maharashtra ATP tournament to recuperate from a knee injury in time for the Australian Open.

The 30-year-old world No 7 led Croatia to a Davis Cup final victory over France last month and was to be a key crowd puller at the season-opening ATP event in the west Indian city of Pune starting on Monday.

"I am sad to announce I have had to pull out of the Tata Open Maharashtra. My sincerest apologies to the fans and organizers," Cilic posted on his Facebook page.

"I was looking forward to returning, however, my knee pains that began toward the end of the season have escalated."

He added: "I cannot go into this tournament knowing I am not currently able to give 100 percent."

Cilic won the title in 2009 and 2010 when it was played in Chennai.

The Maharashtra tournament is a key warm-up event for the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne, which starts on January 14.

Defending champion Gilles Simon of France and world No 6 Kevin Anderson of South Africa will take part in the Indian event.

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