Australian Open: Inconsolable Nick Kygrios Sidelined with Injury
January, 16 2023.
Home favourite, Nick Kyrgios has added to the long list of stars, who have pulled out of the first Grand Slam of the year, 2023 - the Australian Open.
The 27 year old Australian withdrew from the tournament, he was ranked amongst the favourites, to land the title, with a knee injury.
Announcing the withdrawal, a day before he was scheduled to play his opening match, kygrios said he was “devastated” when it was medically certified that, he could not play in Melbourne.
The Wimbledon runner-up, who is seeded 19th, was chasing his first major in tennis, and was set to play Russia’s Roman Safiullin on Tuesday.
Kyrgios, a home favorite, with some cult follower-ship of a sort, was considered among the favourites to win the title, but he said it appeared as if he “didn’t pull up great” from an exhibition with former No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday.
The Serbian is back in Melbourne, after last year's deportation drama, seeking to win a record 10th Australian Open crown.
Top seed and World No. 2, Spain's Rafael Nadal, a record 22-time Grand Slam winner has rated 5th seeded Djukovic as the clear favourite, to win in Melbourne, and equal his own record of singles titles, won at grand slams.
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