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Cast your mind back to the beginning of the 2023 season and you may remember a rather sad-looking Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open. And while he was at the Australian Open, he wasn’t there because he was playing. After a couple of practice sessions on the hard courts of Melbourne Park, Kyrgios was forced to withdraw from his home slam. This was obviously a major blow for Kyrgios himself, as well as his many fans around the world.
As for the specifics of his injury, Kyrgios announced that he had a tear in his meniscus, which was combined with a cyst in a similar region. Of course, such an injury was not going to allow him to compete at the 2023 Australian Open. But during the announcement, it was also confirmed that Kyrgios would require surgery on the injury – fairly common for a meniscus tear.
For confirmation, Kyrgios underwent surgery in January 2023, and the surgery was a complete success. And soon after the surgery, Kyrgios stated that he was aiming for a return to the ATP Tour in March. Yet we are now in March, and the most recent development concerning Nick Kyrgios’ injury is that he withdrew from the Miami Open after being on the entry list. So where does this leave us, and what is the most recent update on the Kyrgios injury?
Let me give you the latest right now.
Kyrgios Knee Injury – Return to the Tour Delayed Until April 2023
As mentioned above, Nick Kyrgios had initially planned his return to the ATP tour in time for what we call the ‘sunshine swing’. However, Kyrgios actually withdrew from Indian Wells last week, and he has backed this up by withdrawing from the Miami Open as well. Because of these withdrawals, it is clear that Kyrgios is not yet fit to make his return to top-level tennis. But there are some promising developments on the horizon, as I can share with you today.
Confirmed for French Open
It’s certainly no secret that Nick Kyrgios does not like clay as a surface. Therefore, fans have been somewhat surprised to see that he believes that he will be playing in the 2023 Roland Garros event. With that said, it wouldn’t be a Kyrgios story if there wasn’t some kind of twist behind the statement. So to give you the scoop, Kyrgios has only said that he’s playing because his current girlfriend wants to visit Paris.
But whatever his reasons for playing in the French Open this year, I am sure that many of us will be thrilled to see his name on the draw sheet.
Possible Return – Monte-Carlo Masters
Besides the French Open, there are signs that Kyrgios may make his return to the tour in time for the Monte-Carlo Masters. I believe that this would be a likely return to the tour because it is a Masters 1000 event – even if it is played on clay. And if Kyrgios really is going to play in the 2023 French Open, it would be logical that he competes in some of the larger build-up tournaments first.
Furthermore, with the Monte-Carlo Masters only starting on April 9th, this means he has a few more weeks to build himself up for the tournament.
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