Martin Del Potro ruled out of Australian Open

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Juan Martin del Potro says missing the Australian Open will have a positive impact on his 2017 as a whole.

Juan Martin del Potro on Friday confirmed his withdrawal from the Australian Open and the Auckland ATP event, after dropping hints recently that he would miss the January tournaments.

Juan Martin del Potro has chose to miss the Australian Open in order to provide himself with more preparation time for the remainder of the season.

It is a blow for the Auckland tournament, which has Serena and Venus Williams among its line-up in the women's singles, but was billing del Potro as its star attraction in the men's singles.

The decision came a month after del Potro staged a strong comeback to beat World No. 6 Marin Cilic of Croatia in a five-set clash to guide the Argentina to their first-ever Davis Cup crown.

Del Potro, ranked World No. 38 in the most recent ATP rankings, enjoyed an unbelievable comeback year that included a run to the gold medal match at the Rio Olympics (beating tennis stars such as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal along the way, ultimately taking silver behind Andy Murray) and a win over Murray at the Davis Cup to seal Argentina's first-ever win. He began the year ranked 1,042 but ended the season inside the top 40.

In other tennis news Saturday, American Madison Keys confirmed she will miss the Australian Open with a minor wrist injury.

He revealed earlier this week he was considering not playing in Australia next month, telling reporters: "Tennis waited for me for two years and it can wait one more Australian Open".