The same knee ailment that pulled Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios out of the Australian Open in January has forced him to withdraw from the 2023 French Open. Just prior to the Roland Garros authorities announcing the wildcard entries for the upcoming edition, the Australia-born player’s manager sent out an update days ahead of the start of the French Open. It is to be noted that Kyrgios had undergone knee surgery in January and had missed all three ATP 1000 clay court events lately.
Due to the recurrent issues with the knee, he is likely to miss the remainder of 2023. The Canberra-born tennis player had earlier expressed a desire to visit Paris with his partner, Costeen Hatzi, and had hoped to be prepared for the second Grand Slam of the year. But his hope is in line to extend further till next year as his manager Daniel Horsfall made a shocking statement.
"It's not looking likely. We are trying everything we can to have Nick ready on court as soon as possible," Horsfall said. With this, the wait for Nick Kyrgios to take the court will now shift on whether he will make his return at the Wimbledon 2023.
It is to be noted that the Australian had a great 2022 season, making it to his maiden Grand Slam final on English grass courts. Kyrgios' most recent appearance came in December 2022 at the World Tennis League, whereas his last Grand Slam appearance came during the US Open 2022 in a quarter-final loss to Karen Khachanov.