Nick Kyrgios out of Swiss Indoors and Paris Masters as Jack Draper gets main draw spot in Basel

Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios won’t feature at next week’s Swiss Indoors or the Paris Masters as he is yet to recover from his knee injury.

The Wimbledon finalist was last in action at the Japan Open a fortnight ago, but he withdrew from his quarter-final clash against Taylor Fritz as he admitted that he didn’t give his knee enough time to recover after the US Open.

“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,” he said.

The 27-year-old was expected to make his comeback at the ATP 500 tournament in Basel as he was due to play in both the singles and doubles – teaming up with Pedro Martinez from Spain, but has withdrawn.

British youngster Jack Draper will replace the Australian in the singles main draw. Draper this week continued his rise as he became the first Briton to qualify for the season-ending Next Gen ATP Finals, which will take place in Milan.

World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz headlines the field in Switzerland with Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray also in the draw.

World No 21 Kyrgios’ debut at the Paris Masters will also have to wait as he won’t feature at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Percy and Sebastian Korda will take his place in the draw with Murray next in the entry list should there be any further withdrawals.

Kyrgios’ decision to pull out of Basel and Paris is likely to bring the curtain down on his 2022 season, which has been an excellent one for the Australian.

He started the year outside the top 100 in the ATP Rankings, but finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon and also reached the quarter-final of the US Open to surge back into the top 30. In August he won his first title in three years as he collected the Citi Open title while he also won the doubles alongside Jack Sack.

His biggest achievement in doubles, though, came at the start of the year when he teamed up with friend Thanasi Kokkinakis to win the Australian Open men’s doubles title.

The Australian pair are still in with a chance of qualifying for the season ending ATP Finals, but it remains to be seen if Kyrgios will play again this year due to his knee injury.

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