BRATISLAVA:Dominik Hrbaty has pulled out of the Australian Open after announcing on Friday he will be forced to undergo a new operation on his right elbow.
Hrbaty, who will turn 30 on January 4, went under the knife in September but that operation appears not to have resolved his injury problem.
"After I resumed training, I began to feel the pain again. Following consultation, I've opted for an arthroscopy," said Hrbaty, the winner of six ATP tournaments.
The Slovak should return to the courts at the end of January.
Missing the Australian Open, which begins on January 14, means Hrbaty, currently ranked 84 in the world, will miss a grand slam tournament for the first time in the last 11 years.
Elbow problems already cost "Domino" his place in the Slovak Davis Cup team for the world group play-off against South Korea in September, which Slovakia lost.