Australian Open 2023: Nick Kyrgios withdraws from tournament due to knee injury

Just hours prior to his scheduled preliminary match versus Roman Safiullin, Nick Kyrgios revealed that he is withdrawing from the Australian Open on Monday throughout a surprise interview. Kyrgios decided as an outcome of a left knee injury that will need arthroscopic surgical treatment.

A regular MRI exposed that Kyrgios had a little tear and a cyst in his lateral meniscus.

“I’m devastated. It’s brutal,” Kyrgios stated on Monday, the Associated Press reported. “This is my home tournament, and obviously winning the tournament in doubles [last year] and playing the best tennis of my life. All I can do is my best to come back.”

Kyrgios had actually simply contended versus nine-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic on Friday in a charity match at Melbourne Park. According to the Associated Press, Kyrgios’ physio therapist, Will Maher, mentioned that the tennis star “didn’t pull up great” following the exhibit match — an occasion he participated in to check the hurt knee.

“We used the charity event against Novak to see if he could compete at the highest level,” Maher stated. “It’s been [a] pretty interrupted and difficult lead-in. In the last week, Nick has experienced discomfort in his knee. There’s a small tear in his lateral meniscus. It was worth persevering to see if he can get back on court. To Nick’s credit, he did everything to get back on court.”

Kyrgios was coming off an outstanding 2022 season in which he won the Australian Open doubles title with fellow compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in 2015. The 27-year-old star likewise reached the Wimbledon last prior to losing to Djokovic last July. 

“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 stated. “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.”

It’s anticipated that Kyrgios will go back to Canberra, Australia at some time in the next number of weeks to have actually the surgical treatment carried out. Maher verified that Kyrgios must have the ability to go back to the court for the 2023 BNP Paribas Open at Indians Wells, California in March.

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