Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the ATP 500 Halle tournament – is he a major doubt for Wimbledon 2023?
Nick Kyrgios’ comeback from injury hasn’t quite been ideal. He was out of action for a long time until the Stuttgart Open last week, which happened to be his first professional tournament since November 2022. However, he seems to have injured himself once again and has withdrawn from the upcoming ATP 500 tournament in Halle. As things stand, his participation at Wimbledon, scheduled to begin on July 3, is a major doubt!
Kyrgios didn’t look at his best during his first professional match of 2023 during the first-round encounter in Stuttgart. He was the No.8 seed but lost to China’s Wu Yibing in straight sets 5-7, 3-6. He has withdrawn from the Halle Open citing a knee injury and now faces the threat of not playing at Wimbledon as he continues to struggle physically almost six months after his knee surgery.
Kyrgios has always done well at the Wimbledon Championships. He made his Wimbledon debut in 2014 and scripted history by reaching the quarter-finals despite being a Wildcard entrant. He notably finished runners-up in 2022. If he fails to recover in time, it will certainly be a big blow to his aspirations and the tournament will definitely miss the Australian!
Nick Kyrgios is struggling with a recurring knee injury
Kyrgios has been struggling with the same knee injury for more than six months now. It is the same injury that forced him to withdraw from the Australian Open in January this year. He was forced to withdraw from the tournament just 24 hours ahead of his first-round clash. He had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee following his withdrawal from the Australian but is not in his best shape yet.
The 27-year-old had confirmed his withdrawal during a conference on Day 1 at Melbourne Park and revealed that a routine MRI scan indicated a small tear and a cyst in his lateral meniscus. The recovery phase following his surgery lasted more than six months but it’s bad news because he seems to have picked up a niggle at the same spot once again. It remains to be seen how long it takes him to make a full-fledged comeback.
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