Pierre-Hugues Herbert will not play the Australian Open largely because he is unvaccinated against the coronavirus, the French player has told L'Alsace newspaper.
The 30-year-old and his doubles partner Nicolas Mahut would have been among the top teams going for the title in Melbourne, but plans to start his season by playing some European challengers.
"Personally, I am not vaccinated and the trip to Australia was not viable for me," he said. "So I'm doing what I can. But because of my singles ranking, it may be for the good to start with smaller tournaments, here in Europe.
"My ranking has gone down, I'm No. 110 today, so I'm choosing to start with the weaker events in Europe.
"But definitely from the moment I couldn't go there unless I was vaccinated, it complicated things."