Athletistic / Tennis. Russian tennis player Aslan Karatsev (38th racket in the world) refused to play at the 2024 Australian Open. The 30-year-old Russian’s refusal to participate in the first Grand Slam tournament this season is due to an injury he suffered during a WTA tournament. 250 in Brisbane (Australia).

Aslan Karatsev withdrew from the first round match of the Brisbane tournament against Australian Jason Kubler at the very start of the third set. Karatsev’s refusal to participate in the Australian Open was announced after the start of the qualifying tournament, so his place in the main draw of the competition will be taken by the lucky loser.

The draw for the main draw of the Australian Open took place on January 11. The tournament itself will take place from January 14 to 28 in Melbourne (Australia). The current winner of the men’s singles competition is Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number one.

Note that in 2021, Aslan Karatsev reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, where he lost to the same Djokovic. This is to date the best performance by a Russian in a Grand Slam tournament.