Jan 16, 2023
Australian Open title contender Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the tournament due to a knee injury.
Kyrgios was a hopeful to win the tournament in his home country and to start the 2023 season off right after a monster of a year in 2022. But the 27-year-old, who was set to take on Roman Safiullin in the first round of the Grand Slam tournament, needed to bail out.
"Bad timing. Injuries are part of the sport," he told reporters Monday, via Wide World of Sports in Australia. "I'm devastated obviously, it's my home slam."
He said he started to feel discomfort in his knee over the weekend and tried to use Friday’s exhibition against Nick Djokovic as a test to see if he would be able to last during a full match.
"I wanted to give myself hope, I thought I had a chance," Kyrgios added.
Source: Fox News