The Nick Kyrgios show rolls on: From ‘heartbreaking’ news to ‘special things’
Nick Kyrgios will miss the Australian Open for a second consecutive year, but despite the “heartbreak” he will “still be around” at next year’s season-opening Grand Slam.
After a nightmare 2023 campaign that saw him play just one match due to various injuries, Kyrgios was hoping for a smooth start to the 2024 season in his native Australia in January.
However, doubts started to creep in about his participation in the Australian Open after his name was absent from this week’s entry list and on Saturday he confirmed that he won’t feature at his home major.
A knee injury kept him out of this year’s hard-court Grand Slam at Melbourne Park while a foot injury prevented him from playing at the French Open.
“Wrist issues” are preventing the 28-year-old – who has slipped out of the ATP Rankings, but would have been able to compete in Australia with either a protected ranking or a wildcard – from playing this time around.
“Hey guys, Nick Kyrgios here, obviously had a really tough year with injury, had that knee surgery and came back a little too soon (which) set me back a little bit, obviously had some wrist issues,” he said on his OnlyFans account.
“This is a very disappointing time for me, but I won’t be able to compete at the 2024 Australian Open,” he said on the social media platform OnlyFans.
“Obviously heartbreaking, I’ve had so many amazing memories there and I just want to really get back to playing at the top of my game and doing it right and I need a little more time. I was so close to winning a Grand Slam, I want to make sure that my body is going to have the time it needs to come back so please bear with me.”
Kyrgios, though, will still be off to Melbourne Park early in the new year as he has signed up as a commentator.
The 2022 Wimbledon runner-up made his commentary debut for the Tennis Channel at the ATP Finals in November, but his debut received mixed reviews.
He added: “Even though I won’t be there competing this year at the AO, I still will be around, commentating matches, being around, I’ve got some special things planned, so please be excited still.
“You know I’ll be there and hopefully see all the fans, I’ll see you there.”
Nick Kyrgios in 2022 and 2023
The Australian’s only match in the 2023 season came at the Stuttgart Open when he straight sets against Wu Yibing.
That is in stark contrast to his excellent 2022 season where he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final while he also reached the quarter-final of the US Open.
He also won his seventh ATP Tour singles title when he lifted the Washington Open while he tasted Grand Slam success alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis as they won the Australian Open men’s doubles title.
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