Nick Kyrgios set for devastating rankings blow on the back of US Open withdrawal

Shahida Jacobs
Nick Kyrgios during a match
Nick Kyrgios deep in thought

Nick Kyrgios’ injury woes continue and it has now been confirmed that he will compete at this year’s US Open, which will result in him plummeting down the ATP Rankings.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced that he will miss the final Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows due to a wrist injury.

“Heartbroken about the U.S. Open. Will be back… My wrist is not ready yet to compete,” Kyrgios wrote on Instagram.

“But may I remind people I have a protected ranking of 21. When I choose to be back, I’ll be back where I belong.”

That protected ranking will come in very handy when he returns as he is projected to drop out of the top 500 as a result of his latest setback.

Nick Kyrgios’ ranking situation

After failing to defend his Washington title last week, Kyrgios currently finds himself at No 92 and he is projected to slide to outside the top 130 when the rankings are updated next week as is unable to defend his 180 points at the Canadian Open this week, putting him effectively on 495 points.

He will also miss the Cincinnati Open next week, which will result in another 45 points coming off his tally. Last year he reached the quarter-final of the US Open and that will result in another 360 points coming off.

It means he will have just 90 points after the US Open and that is currently good enough for a ranking between 450 and 500.

But as the 28-year-old said, he will have a protected ranking while he is also likely to receive wildcard entries as he draws big crowds.

Nick Kyrgios’ recent injury woes

The Australian’s injury woes started at the Japan Open in October last year as he withdrew from his quarter-final match due to a knee injury. He didn’t play any singles matches for the remainder of the campaign although he did compete in the ATP Finals doubles alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis.

He was expected to make his comeback at the start of the year, but pulled out of the Australian Open on the eve of the tournament and announced he would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. After initially suggesting he would play at the French Open, he also withdrew from the clay-court major due to a foot injury.

Kyrgios finally made his 2023 debut at the Stuttgart Open, raising hopes that he would play at Wimbledon, but after losing in the first round in Germany, his injury woes returned as a torn ligament in his wrist kept him out of the grass-court Grand Slam.

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