Nick Kyrgios has exited the ATP rankings list for the first time in his career. Kyrgios, 28, got his first ranking points 11 years ago as he made the ATP rankings list for the first time on April 9th, 2022. After a career-best season in 2022 and returning to the top-20, Kyrgios suffered brutal luck in the offseason when he sustained a knee injury and had to surgically repair the issue.
Just after returning to tennis in June and playing one match in Stuttgart, Kyrgios sustained a wrist injury. After being basically sidelined for an entire calendar year, Kyrgios' name was wiped off the rankings list this Monday.
Last week, an ATP 500 event in Tokyo took place. Kyrgios, who didn't play there since he is still recovering from the wrist injury, didn't defend his quarterfinal points from 2022 and exited the rankings list this week.
Kyrgios urged his fans to be 'patient'
After being forced to withdraw from Wimbledon, Kyrgios was hoping to at least be able to play at the US Open and avoid missing all four Grand Slams in 2023.
When Kyrgios announced his US Open withdrawal in August, his fanbase grew increasingly concerned. "To my millions of fans out there, I guess we just have to be patient. Trust me, I still have some fire left in the tank, my body just needs time to recover and get back.
I'm still as motivated as ever, in the gym, treatment, recovery. Everything off court is doing great. I am eyeing to come back and have a season like my last again," Kyrgios wrote on his Instagram Story after withdrawing from the US Open.
This month, Kyrgios provided the latest comeback update. “I am just trying to be able to get back as soon as possible because I do miss playing and especially being so close to winning [Wimbledon] last year, I know I’m right there," Kyrgios recently said on the Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson podcast.