Nick Kyrgios Withdraws From Australian: Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the Australian Open on Monday with a knee injury, a little more than 24 hours before his planned first-round match, after enjoying all the accolades of a hometown favorite during the previous week.
In a Friday interview, the erratic Australian tennis player Kyrgios revealed that he had been dealing with left knee pain during the off-season but still anticipated being able to compete in the year’s opening Grand Slam. Last year, he reached the Wimbledon final.
These expectations were dashed on Friday following a charity match with Novak Djokovic.
“Extremely disappointed,” Kyrgios said during a news conference Monday afternoon at Melbourne Park. “Pretty brutal. One of the most important tournaments of my career.”
Kyrgios was one of the favorites going into the Australian Open after making his way up from outside the top 100 in 2021 to play deep into two Grand Slam tournaments the previous year. He and fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis won the men’s doubles title there in 2017.
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When Kyrgios withdrew from the United Cup, a team competition, just before it began in late December, it was the first indication that things were not going as expected. Then, in the hopes of being fit enough for the Australian Open to begin this week, he withdrew from a warm-up event in Adelaide.
During the Monday press conference, Kyrgios’ longtime physical therapist Will Maher revealed that the tennis player had a cyst and a little meniscus tear discovered during a recent MRI. Later this week, according to Maher, Kyrgios will travel back to Canberra for treatment. He hopes to be in good enough shape to compete in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, in March after spending February rehabbing his knee.
“There’s a parameniscal cyst growing in his left meniscus, which is the result of a small tear in his lateral meniscus,” Maher said. “It’s not a significant injury in the sense that it’s going to be career-threatening or anything like that.”
Maher claimed that Kyrgios had exerted every effort to be able to compete. He had an operation to drain the cyst last week. Additionally, he had injections to relieve the pressure; nevertheless, while there was a slight easing of the pain, it recently got worse. Maher claimed that by continuing to play, he ran the chance of suffering a more severe injury, such as an ACL tear.
After losing in the U.S. Open quarterfinals in September, Kyrgios claimed that his attention immediately turned to the Australian Open. He liked his prospects on hardcourts in front of boisterous home spectators.
“I always wanted just to do everything right and train right, tick every box, and just be ready,” Kyrgios said. He added: “Obviously, this coming around is just bad timing. But that’s life. Injury is a part of the sport.”
Surgery is the only way to achieve the form that made him one of the most feared players in the world, but he expressed confidence in his ability to do so.
“You can see on the side of my knee there’s like a small lump there every time I land on the serve or push off my serve,” he remarked. “That lump will eventually continue to grow. My knee is under pressure, which limits my mobility. The only practical approach to getting rid of it is to open it up and throw it away.
In the upcoming weeks, Kyrgios will need to deal with another pressing matter in Canberra.
He is scheduled to appear in court in the first week of February to answer to a charge of common assault resulting from a fight with his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari in December 2021. Since the situation became known during his journey to the Wimbledon final in July, Kyrgios has declined to speak about it.
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The least serious assault charge in Australia is common assault. However, it still suggests that the victim was subjected to immediate, unlawful violence or the threat of it, even though no physical harm was done. Kyrgios’s attorneys have stated that they will center their case on mental illness, pointing to the athlete’s history of depression and substance misuse, which he has claimed will always be a part of him but that he has finally managed to control. The court can impose a treatment plan if it accepts this defense and dismisses the case. Common assault carries a two-year prison sentence as its maximum punishment.
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