Nick Kyrgios withdraws from Australian Open: Reactions

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Nick Kyrgios withdraws from Australian Open: Reactions

Nick Kyrgios has confirmed that he is withdrawing from the Australian Open due to a knee injury. He is disappointed but does not doubt himself and the return. "Bad timing. Injuries are part of the sport," he told reporters, as quoted by "I’m not doubting that I’ll be back to my full strength.

I'm devastated, obviously, it's my home Slam and going into this event as one of the favourites, it’s brutal." Becker is surprised considering that Kyrgios has not complained about the injury before. "It didn't look that way on Friday night when he played two sets against Djokovic," Becker said.

"He talked about injuries beforehand, but to the ankle and not to the knee.
But what Kyrgios says and what he does are often two different things. Nevertheless, it is of course very bitter to have to pull out of your home Grand Slam before the first round due to an injury.

It's a pity for all of us."

Henman on Kyrgios

Henman is sad for Kyrgios and hopes the Australian can be just as good after his return. "It’s been difficult to gauge what’s been going on in his mind but also his body.

He did come here having pulled out of the United Cup, but he was practising so I was hopeful.
I want to see him play, I want to see the best players playing against each other, with his variation and his enormous talent.
It’s really sad but the most important thing is he has to be back and 100 per cent healthy because we see the physicality and impact if players aren’t 100 per cent fit to compete.
Can he be a favourite at one of the Slams? Yes, at Wimbledon because his game is suited to grass, but when you look at the other three Slams, the other physicality of those three Slams, it’s where I become concerned.
Kyrgios likes to keep the points short but over a best of five matches, that’s where I become concerned”. ,