Nick Kyrgios confirmed that a wrist injury is forcing him to skip the US Open and reminded his fans not to worry because he will have a protected ranking of world No 21 when he returns. On Thursday, Kyrgios withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters and US Open.
Kyrgios, who has played just one tournament and one match so far in 2023, will exit the top-100 on Monday. After the US Open, Kyrgios will be ranked outside the top-400. Now that Kyrgios is also set to miss the US Open, the Australian will likely turn his focus on getting fully healthy and ready for the 2024 season.
"Heartbroken about the US Open. I will be back. My wrist is not ready yet to compete. But may I remind people I have a protected ranking of 21 when I choose to be back, lIl be back where I belong," Kyrgios said in a statement posted on his Instagram Story.
Kyrgios set to miss all four Grand Slams in 2023
At the start of the year, Kyrgios withdrew from the Australian Open due to a knee injury and he also didn't recover in time for the French Open. Kyrgios made his return from knee surgery at the start of the grass season in Stuttgart but then sustained a wrist injury.
“Hey everyone, I’m really sad to say that I have to withdraw from Wimbledon this year. I tried my hardest to be ready after my surgery and to be able to step on the Wimbledon courts again. During my comeback, I experienced some pain in my wrist during the week of Mallorca.
As a precaution I had it scanned and it came back showing a torn ligament in my wrist. I tried everything to be able to play and I am disappointed to say that I just didn’t have enough time to manage it before Wimbledon.
I’ll be back, and as always, I appreciate the support from all my fans," Kyrgios announced the day before the start of Wimbledon. After a career-best year in 2022, it's very disappointing that Kyrgios has been forced to miss all four Grand Slams in 2023.