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Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Spaniard Nicolas Almagro has pulled out of the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the season, due to a shoulder injury.

"I can tell you that I will not be able to go to Australia, now I need to continue recuperating and look to the future with optimism," Almagro posted on his official Twitter account.

Almagro reached the quarterfinals last year in Melbourne.