Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Australian Open with injured knee

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios broadcasts his withdrawal from the Australian Open with a knee harm at a press convention in Melbourne, Australia on January 16, 2023
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A “devastated” Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the Australian Open on Monday — the day earlier than he was scheduled to play his first-round singles match — due to an injured left knee that wants arthroscopic surgical procedure.

Kyrgios, a 27-year-old from Australia, was the runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in singles and teamed with good good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis to say the boys’s doubles championship on the 2022 Australian Open.

Kyrgios was thought-about the host nation’s strongest likelihood to win a title at Melbourne Park this 12 months; no man from Australia has gained the singles trophy there since 1976.

“Just bad timing. But that’s life,” mentioned a downcast Kyrgios, who sometimes lowered his head or lined his face with a hand throughout a information convention at Melbourne Park alongside his bodily therapist, Will Maher. “Injury is a part of the sport.”

Kyrgios introduced his withdrawal on Day 1 of motion on the 12 months’s first Grand Slam event.

“I’m just exhausted from everything. Obviously pretty brutal,” Kyrgios mentioned of the choice to sit down out. “One of the most important tournaments of my career. Hasn’t been easy at all.”

He was seeded nineteenth in Melbourne and was presupposed to face Roman Safiullin within the first spherical on Tuesday.

“Barely had a good night’s sleep the last four, five nights. It’s just been throbbing…. Every time I land on serve or push off my serve, you can see on the side of my knee there’s like a little lump. That lump will eventually just get bigger and bigger,” Kyrgios mentioned. “There’s pressure on my knee (that) obviously hinders my movement. Yeah, the only real way to get rid of it is to open up and then just get rid of it.”

He’s as mercurial a personality as there may be in tennis, recognized for alternating sometimes-brilliant and sometimes-uninterested play, in addition to mixing within the occasional outlandish outburst throughout matches. He has spoken frankly about coping with psychological well being points.

Kyrgios additionally has been dealing with a cost of assault in a pending court docket case in his hometown of Canberra.

The Australian Open was presupposed to mark Kyrgios’ official season debut after he withdrew from tune-up play earlier in January. He used an exhibition match towards Djokovic on Friday in entrance of a packed home at Rod Laver Enviornment to check the knee, however that didn’t go properly.

Maher mentioned that an MRI examination after Kyrgios felt discomfort in his knee revealed a cyst and a small tear within the lateral meniscus ligament. The coach mentioned the issue is “not career-threatening,” and that Kyrgios ought to be capable of return to competitors by the hard-court event at Indian Wells, California, in March.

“Look, I’m not doubting I will be back to my full strength and playing the tennis I was playing prior to this event. Yeah, I’m devastated obviously. It’s like my home tournament. I’ve had some great memories here — obviously last year, winning the title in doubles and playing the best tennis of my life, probably. Then going into this event as one of the favorites, it’s brutal,” Kyrgios mentioned.

“All I can do now,” he added, “is just look forward, do what I need to do and come back.”

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