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Reilly Opelka out of Australian Open due to injuries

Citi Open - Day 6

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 04: Reilly Opelka of the United States reacts during a match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia during Day 6 of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 04, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australian Open officials say Reilly Opelka has withdrawn from the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Although no reason was given the withdrawal, the 25-year-old American has been troubled by hip and ankle injuries over the last half of 2022. Opelka has not played a match since his loss to Nick Kyrgios at the 2022 Citi Open in Washington in August.

The beneficiary of Opelka’s withdrawal is Zhang Zhizhen, who will appear in his third main singles draw at a Grand Slam tournament beginning Jan. 16 at Melbourne Park.