Nick Kyrgios has given his fans and the tennis community an update following his withdrawal from the Australian Open due to injury.
The world No 21 pulled out of his home Grand Slam on the eve of his opening match last week as it was revealed that he had a small tear in his left lateral meniscus and an MRI on his knee found a parameniscal cyst growing in the lateral meniscus.
Kyrgios lamented the setback, saying: “It’s just bad timing. That’s life, you know. injuries are part of sport … I’m not doubting that I’ll be back to my full strength.
“I’m devastated obviously. It’s like my home tournament. I’ve had some great memories here.”
The Australian’s physiotherapist Will Maher added that he would undergo an arthroscopic procedure in Canberra to clean up his lateral meniscus so that he could start his recovery process as soon as possible.
And that operation took place on Monday.
After initially posting an Instagram Story from his hospital bed saying “it’s time”, the 27-year-old gave an update later in the day and it was accompanied by a photo of him giving the middle finger.
I’ll be doing everything I can do get back to my best. to the real ones checking in and sending the vibes… I love you,” he wrote.
Kyrgios also missed the United Cup at the start of the year, but then took part in a charity match against Novak Djokovic on the eve of the Australian Open to test his troublesome knee.
“We used the charity event against Novak as a gauge to see if he could compete at that highest level. He didn’t pull up great and he still tried to give himself every chance in the following days to have subsequent training,” Maher said.
The physio added that he will have a “relatively straightforward recovery through February” and he is expected to make his return to competitive tennis at the Indian Wells Open in March.
He added: “It won’t interrupt his year tremendously despite the fact that it’s a great disappointment to withdraw from the Australian Open home Slam. The prognosis is good, he’ll be fine and we’ll just go back to work and make sure everything’s fine for him and we go again.”
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