Nick Kyrgios ruled out of Australian Open

Kyrgios also had surgery on his left knee due to the injury

By Web Desk
December 09, 2023
Nick Kyrgios plays a shot. - AFP 

Nick Kyrgios has been ruled out from next month's Australian Open for a second successive year due to ongoing injuries that kept him on the sidelines for much of the 2023 season, the Australian announced on Saturday.

Kyrgios also had surgery on his left knee due to the injury.

Following a five-month layoff, the Australian was defeated in his comeback match against China's Wu Yibing in the Stuttgart Open first round in June.

The 28-year-old also failed to participate in the French Open due to a foot injury suffered during the theft of his car, and he pulled out of Wimbledon and the US Open with a wrist ligament problem.

"This is a very disappointing time for me, but I won't be able to compete at the 2024 Australian Open," Kyrgios said on the online platform OnlyFans, which he joined on Friday.

"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' injury woes started after an impressive 2022 campaign in which he qualified for the Wimbledon final, clinched the Washington title and made the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows.

He was also absent from the Australian Open's main draw released on Thursday in a blow to organisers, but is expected to be part of the Grand Slam for TV commentary.