Nick Kyrgios is trying to boost the popularity of tennis
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2266
A decision destined (perhaps) to cause controversy. Nick Kyrgios has shocked everyone again by resigning from the United Cup hours before his debut match, postponing his return to the slopes in the Australian jersey until a later date.
The team coached by Lleyton Hewitt thus loses its star in this competition and must rely on the talent of Alex De Miñaur to make up for the absence of the Wimbledon 2022 finalist. The official announcement of the withdrawal has been made in the last few hours: not yet The reasons that have led the Australian player to postpone his debut in the 2023 season, in which he is expected to be one of the protagonists, have emerged.
According to Australian outlet The Age, the Canberra native suffered a minor injury during the Diriyah Cup, which worsened further in the World Tennis League, causing him considerable discomfort and unresolved issues. For this reason, the doctors have advised him to take two weeks off from official competitions to try to reach the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, in top shape.
Thus, the match schedule for the first day of the United Cup, which begins on Thursday, December 29, has changed. Thus, it will not be Nick Kyrgios who opens the dances, but the new Australian number one Alex De Miñaur, who will have to face the English Cameron Norrie.
The home team, which will face Great Britain in the first Group D clash in Sydney, will field Hives against Swan. "There is always a lot of passion and pride, and it is a great time of the year. We are in the Australian summer, ready to start 2023.
There is no better place to be," said De Minaur, who will face Spanish champion Rafael Nadal in the next days.
Nick Kyrgios has hit back at his critics
Nick Kyrgios has hit back at his critics, particularly the media, for calling him out after he withdrew from the United Cup.
"Haha so after all this, all the media, journalism saying how bad I am for the sport, disrespecting the game & just a pure villain, I am going to be the number 1 episode on Netflix… to grow our fan base, basically trying to put tennis on the map again," Kyrgios tweeted.
"And essentially putting more money in everyone’s pockets that’s involved with tennis, you all look really ridiculous now. Your apology should be as loud as your disrespect was," he wrote.