Robin Soderling of Sweden returns a shot during his third round match against Bernard Tomic of Australia on Day Six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2011 in London, England.
Sweden's twice French Open runner- up Robin Soderling ruled himself out of the Australian Open on Twitter Thursday, citing injury as the main reason.
"My recovery has been longer than expected," he wrote on his Twitter account.
The 27-year-old has not played since mid-July when he captured the Bastad title, his fourth trophy of the season.
"I am feeling better with each day but it will still take some time before I can start practicing in full speed. My goal is to start with practice in January and I hope for a tournament comeback in February but at this stage it is hard to know when and where. I hope my body will allow me to do that."
Soderling is currently ranked at 13 in the world.
The Australian Open gets underway in Melbourne on January 16.