Nick Kyrgios, the Australian tennis star, announced today that he will not participate in the upcoming Australian Open due to ongoing struggles with injuries. This news is a big blow not only to the game but also to the tournament, which will miss the spectacle and excitement that Kyrgios brings to the court as the home tennis player of the tournament.
Kyrgios, known for his powerful serve and volatile court presence, hinted at his uncertain participation last month. He admitted that "the stars will have to align" to hit peak form in time for the tournament. Unfortunately, time was not on his side.
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In a heartfelt message on social media, Kyrgios expressed his disappointment that he will miss the prestigious tournament. "This is a very disappointing moment for me, but I won't be able to participate in the Australian Open in 2024.
It breaks my heart. I have so many great memories from that tournament and I just want to get back to my best form. and I'm doing things right, but we need more time," he wrote.
Rafael Nadal returns to AO
While Kyrgios' absence will undoubtedly spoil the joy of many fans, the Australian Open will still welcome a star-studded field.
Spanish legend Rafael Nadal, who has been absent since the last Australian Open due to injury, has been confirmed to participate. In addition, Naomi Osaka, the four-time Grand Slam champion from Japan, will return to the competition after a break from September 2022.
The tournament, which runs from January 14 to 28, promises to be an exciting spectacle even without Kyrgios. Novak Djokovic, the number one player in the world, will defend the title in the men's competition, while Arina Sabalenka, the champion of Belarus, will try to retain the title in the women's draw.
Despite Kyrgios' withdrawal, with plenty of tennis' big names vying for the coveted title, fans can still expect an exciting fortnight of tennis action.