Fresh questions over Nick Kyrgios comeback date as Roland Garros decision is confirmed

Shahida Jacobs
Nick Kyrgios puts on a show

Nick Kyrgios comeback date remains up in the air as the Australian has officially pulled out of the French Open as he continues his recovery from surgery.

Kyrgios’ agent Daniel Horsfall told the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday morning: “We are trying everything we can to have Nick ready on court as soon as possible.”

However, it was confirmed later in the day that he will not play at in the clay-court Grand Slam at Roland Garros, which officially gets underway on May 28.

Kyrgios was adamant last year that he would play at the Roland Garros in 2023 as his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi “wanted to see Paris”, but his return to the French capital has once again been put on ice.

In fact, the 27-year-old’s entire 2023 season has been on ice so far as he has not featured in singles action on the ATP Tour since October last year when withdrew from his quarter-final clash against Taylor Fritz due to a knee problem.

He then teamed up with Thanasi Kokkinakis in the doubles at the season-ending ATP Finals – playing in three matches as the pair exited in the round-robin stage – before setting his sights on the 2023 season Down Under.

After playing in an exhibition match with Novak Djokovic at Rod Laver before the Australian Open, he then pulled out of the season-opening Grand Slam due to his troublesome knee and then underwent surgery with the initial comeback date set for March, but that timeline came and went without Kyrgios making an appearance at the Sunshine Double.

He did give an indication in mid-April that his recovery was perhaps not going as planned as he told fans on social media: “Currently taking it day by day with my knee and building up load… trying to get back to where I was.”

It is still unclear if the 2022 Wimbledon runner-up will be fit for the start of the grass-court season, but he has signed up to play in an exhibition event with Holger Rune in Denmark later in May while he is also expected to play in the UTS Ultimate Tennis Showdown in Los Angeles in July.

Last year he featured in three tournaments – Stuttgart, Halle and Mallorca – as part of his build-up to Wimbledon. He then reached his maiden Grand Slam final, defeating the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas en route, before losing against Novak Djokovic.

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