Nick Kyrgios out of Indian Wells, in doubt for Miami Open
Nick Kyrgios will miss the first ATP 1000 event of the season as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
Kyrgios has officially withdrawn from Indian Wells and could miss the Miami Open as well.
The 2022 Wimbledon finalist is yet to play a competitive match in 2023 having aggravated a longstanding injury at a pre-season exhibition event.
That knock prompted Kyrgios to commit to a surgical intervention and could see him shelved until April or perhaps even later in the season.
Kyrgios has conceded defeat in his race to be fit for the first event of the Sunshine double and is a big doubt for the Miami Open.
“Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the 2023 BNP Paribas Open due to an ongoing knee injury,” said a statement from the tournament.
The last update from the Kyrgios camp suggested that the Australian was aiming to be back on court to defend the rankings points he earned in a run to the last eight in the California desert last season.
Daniel Horsfall said: “The surgery was a great success.
“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome of it. Now we will be pushing ahead for a speedy recovery and are aiming to see everyone at Indian Wells.”
If Kyrgios missed the Miami Open he might choose to delay his return until after the clay court season.
Kyrgios has previously made it know that he is not impressed with the number of clay court events in the ATP Tour season.
“I’ve said it many times and I’m saying it again now: There are too many clay-court tournaments on the calendar” Kyrgios said.
“I see guys in the top 100 that I don’t even know, I wouldn’t recognise them if I crossed them on the street, and they’re there only because of the clay tournaments. I think it’s crazy.”
Despite his distaste for clay Kyrgios has suggested that he will enter the French Open, but only because his girlfriend wants to visit Paris.
“My girlfriend wants to know Paris, so I’m going to play at Roland-Garros 2023,” Kyrgios said.
“It will be good for me to earn some more money, although I would have preferred to stay at home.
“I know I can do great results on clay. I beat Roger [Federer], [Stan] Wawrinka, I played a final in Estoril… My girl wants to get to know the city so I will have to go this year.”
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