Nick Kyrgios ‘heartbroken’ after withdrawing from Japan Open as he gives update on injury
Nick Kyrgios believes he didn’t take enough time off to recover from his knee injury and, as a result, it flared up again at the Japan Open, forcing him to pull out of the tournament on Friday.
After booking his place in the semi-final with a come-from-behind three-set win over Kamil Majchrzak of Poland on Thursday, Kyrgios was due to take on Taylor Fritz in the third match of the day at the Ariake Coliseum.
Minutes before the clash was due to start, organisers confirmed that the fifth seed had withdrawn from the encounter due to a knee injury.
Kyrgios revealed that he had been struggling with his knee for quite some time during his post-match press conference.
“It’s obviously very disappointing,” the Wimbledon runner-up said. “It’s one of my favourite tournaments. I’ve had great memories here… It’s heartbreaking, but I’ll be here next year. That’s for sure.”
He added: “I’ve been playing amazing tennis all year and actually was dealing with a bit of a knee issue around the US Open time. I got back home and probably didn’t take enough time off, to be honest. I went straight back into training.”
Kyrgios, who won the singles trophy in 2016, had also teamed up with fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in the doubles in Tokyo and they were due to play in the semi-final against Mackenzie McDonald and Marcelo Melo later in the afternoon, but the match was also called off.
The 27-year-old did take some positives from the week despite a frustrating end.
“It’s been such an amazing week. Obviously playing four matches and winning all four, I’ve been feeling great,” he said. “I definitely felt like I was a threat to win the tournament and go all the way in singles and doubles.”
He later added: “When your body lets you down, it’s not a good feeling. I know in this case it’s probably overloading rather than not being fit enough.
“I think it’s almost being too excited to get on the court and maybe training a little bit too much. So it’s positive, but heartbreaking at the same time.”
Fritz will take on Denis Shapovalov for a place in Sunday’s final after the Canadian defeated Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 17 minutes while Frances Tiafoe and South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo will go head-to-head in the other semi-final.
Fourth seed Tiafoe beat Miomr Kecmanovic 6-0, 6-4 while Kwon was a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Pedro Martinez.
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