Australian Open 2012: James Blake Out Of Season's First Slam

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: James Blake of the United States returns a shot against David Ferrer of Spain returns a shot against during Day Five of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Australian Open has already found out it'll be without one of the world's top tennis players as American James Blake announced he won't be making the trip to Australia in January.

The 2012 Australian Open is just over two weeks away, but the first tennis major of the year has already found out its missing one of the best players on the circuit. American James Blake has announced that he'll miss the Aussie portion of the circuit for a second consecutive year.

Blake had been working at making a comeback from a knee injury, though it hasn't been announced if that's the reason he needed to withdraw from the Aussie Open along with the Brisbane International tournament earlier in January. The Australian Open tournament director announced Blake being out on Tuesday, according to a report from the AFP.

American James Blake is set to miss the Australian Open for a second straight year after tournament director Craig Tiley posted the news on Twitter.

"Just got word that James Blake has withdrawn from the Australian Open and Brisbane. Sorry to hear this and we wish James all the best," Tiley tweeted.

The Australian Open is scheduled to start on Jan. 16 while the Brisbane International begins on the first day of the new year in Australia.

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