Defending Australian Open women's doubles champion Lucie Safarova announced that she won't be playing in the first Grandslam of the year, stating health concerns that have bothered her since early last year.
Safarova, who won the doubles title with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Melbourne and at the French Open last year, sent out a tweet to confirm this.
As an athlete I'm used to fight on court to win,today it's off court to get my health back.Sorry Ausie I miss you.. pic.twitter.com/v0ZAlAMjFn— lucie safarova (@luciesafarova) January 7, 2016
The 28-year-old player from Czech Republic is currently ranked number 9 in the world. She had an impressive run last year and went up to as high as number 5. She was, however, hospitalised for a week in September due to a lingering bacterial infection. Safarova was able to return to play at the WTA Finals the following month in Singapore but lost in the group stage.
Safarova says she hopes to play in the Fed Cup in Romania this February.