The Australian Open organizers have suffered a major blow as Nick Kyrgios has announced his withdrawal from the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Kyrgios, one of the most popular Australian tennis players, missed the 2023 Australian Open due to a knee injury.
After undergoing knee surgery in January and returning to tennis at the start of the grass season in June, Kyrgios contracted a wrist injury. Kyrgios missed the remainder of the 2023 season and he is now also set to miss the Australian Open in back-to-back years.
For Kyrgios, the Australian Open and his fans this is certainly devastating news. But in his statement, Kyrgios suggested that returning while his body is still not fully ready would be a mistake.
Kyrgios announces he is out of the Australian Open
“Obviously had a really tough year with injury, had that knee surgery and came back a little bit too soon and set me back a little bit, then obviously had some wrist issues.
So this is a very disappointing time for me, but I won’t be able to compete at the 2024 Australian Open. 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 said in an announcement shared on OnlyFans. Kyrgios made his Australian Open main draw debut in 2014.
Since then, Kyrgios has had nine main draw appearances at Melbourne Park. Kyrgios' best Australian Open singles result has been the quarterfinal reached in 2015. In doubles, Kyrgios won the Australian Open title with Thanasi Kokkinakis in 2022.
Unfortunately, Kyrgios won't be returning to the Australian Open until at least 2025. It remains to be seen when Kyrgios will be ready to kick off his 2024 season.