Doubts grow over Nick Kyrgios’ future as his injuries are ‘the worst you can get in tennis’

Nick Kyrgios during a match

Doubts have been raised over whether or not Nick Kyrgios will return to the professional tennis circuit as he is struggling with injuries that have ended the careers of some big-name players over the years.

Former world No 13 Kyrgios will for the second consecutive year miss his home Grand Slam, the Australian Open, as he revealed that he is struggling with “some wrist issues”.

The 28-year-old played only one match during the 2023 season as he also missed Wimbledon due to a wrist problem while a knee injury forced him out of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year.

And while Kyrgios has indicated that he hopes to return to action as he told fans “I want to make sure that my body is going to have the time it needs to come back so please bear with me” there are question marks over his future.

The nature of the injuries is concerning as tennis great Roger Federer retired in 2022 after failing to overcome a knee injury while 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro has been unable to reach his full potential due to various wrist injuries over the years.

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Popular SEN and Nine commentator Brett Phillips admits he fears that Kyrgios might never return.

“The injuries have caught up with him. I actually think he’s going to struggle to get back, to be totally honest,” he said on SEN Breakfast.

“There’s a plethora of stuff he can do away from tennis. He’s dabbled in commentary recently and made a good fist of that, we know he’s got a good IQ and he’s got his foundation, he’ll be in demand.

“I mean he’s 28. Nick Kyrgios never spoke about being a tennis player who was going to play deep into his 30s and have a long career of tennis, he spoke about being possibly retired two years ago.

“I think these injuries, the knee, wrist, they’re two of the worst you can get in tennis.

“[Juan Martin] Del Potro couldn’t come back from a wrist injury, Roger Federer couldn’t get back from a couple of knee surgeries… the physical demands of the game, if you look what has happened since Nick has been largely inactive, the breed of talent that’s come through, they’re at a whole other level.”

Should Kyrgios mount a comeback midway through the 2024 ATP Tour season, then he could struggle to adapt.

Phillips added: “So I’m fascinated. I think the longer he’s out it’s going to be harder for him to come back and whether he’s got the total desire to come back, he’s got so much going on that I don’t know if it’s absolute top billing for him to be a professional tennis player first and foremost, we’ve questioned that for a number of years.

“We’re just used to him not playing, which is the reality of the situation.”