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The 2023 season has been a bumpy ride for Nick Kyrgios, which has been a huge shame. After all, he enjoyed one of the best tennis seasons of his life in 2022, reaching the Wimbledon final and also winning the Australian Open doubles tournament. Because of these achievements, Kyrgios had high hopes for his 2023 season. But unfortunately, disaster struck in the very first month of 2023.
Kyrgios was forced to pull out of the Australian Open, and he underwent surgery to deal with the injury. Since then, it has been a long road back to competitive tennis, although Kyrgios did manage to get back out there and compete in the Stuttgart Open a few short weeks ago. Of course, this was hugely promising for Kyrgios and his fans, and it seemed like he was pulling things together in time for the grass-court swing.
Yet this positivity was short-lived, as Kyrgios withdrew from the Halle Open tournament this week because of problems with his knee once again. Naturally, his withdrawal from the Halle Open has stirred up a rather huge debate surrounding his participation in Wimbledon 2023. And for the moment, things are very much up in the air as to whether we will see last year’s runner-up compete. But what is the most probable answer to this question?
Let’s investigate further right now.
Wimbledon Championships 2023 – Will Nick Kyrgios Feature or Not?
As one of the most talented grass-court players in the world, it would obviously be a huge shame if Nick Kyrgios was unable to compete in the 2023 Wimbledon Championships. In fact, the last thing we want is for Kyrgios to be added to the list of Wimbledon 2023 withdrawals. And according to the latest bookmaker odds, Kyrgios remains one of the favourites to win the title. This is the case despite only competing in one tournament since returning to the tour. However, there is still real concern among Kyrgios fans that he may just decide that the knee injury isn’t ready to compete for a Grand Slam title.
Then again, until we have an official statement from Kyrgios or his team, we can only work with the news and snippets that are out there right now. And on that note, I have every confidence that Nick Kyrgios will be competing in Wimbledon 2023. I say this because of the two key reasons highlighted below.
The Aussie Has Every Intention of Playing
Following his withdrawal from the Halle Open, Kyrgios himself hasn’t been all that outspoken concerning his Wimbledon participation. But the good news is that his manager has given his viewpoints to the press in recent days, and the prognosis is very good. According to his manager, Danial Horsfall, Kyrgios is desperate to compete at Wimbledon this year. And despite the fact that his knee was more painful than he’d hoped when playing in Stuttgart, Kyrgios and his team believes that he can be ready for Wimbledon.
Of course, the knee injury is the biggest concern surrounding Kyrgios’ appearance in this tournament. But given that he has told his team that he really wants to be involved in the tournament, I’d say that this is half the battle with the Aussie. In years gone by, I’m not entirely sure that he would be willing to go through any sort of pain barrier or overcome too many obstacles to compete in a tennis tournament.
Yet it seems that Kyrgios really has turned his mind around ever since he shocked the tennis world by reaching the Wimbledon final in 2022.
His Withdrawal From the Halle Open Was a Precaution
The second point I wish to mention here relates solely to his withdrawal from the Halle Open. Naturally, when it was announced that Kyrgios was not going to compete in this tournament, red flags were immediately raised surrounding his physical fitness. And given that he was complaining on court about his knee while competing in Stuttgart, all you had to do is run the math to fear the worst. Putting two and two together, his withdrawal seemed to signify that his knee just wasn’t ready. Furthermore, with Wimbledon right around the corner, this withdrawal came at a terrible time.
But having dived into this withdrawal a little bit further, once again, according to reports from Kyrgios’ team, the withdrawal was purely done as a precaution. Therefore, rather than withdrawing because he was unable to compete, it seems he withdrew because he wanted to protect against any further aggravation of the knee injury. Of course, with Wimbledon being such an important tournament for Nick Kyrgios, this is a smart choice.
Yet as promising as this is, we will have to stay tuned over the next week or so for anything official to come through.
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