Nick Kyrgios won’t play in the Adelaide International as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.
Kyrgios’ ankle complaint first became public when he pulled out of Australia’s United Cup team last week, seemingly at the last minute to the disgruntlement of teammates and coach Lleyton Hewitt.
But the 27-year-old will now miss the Adelaide Open, due to start on January 10, and therefore miss his entire Australian Open leadup.
The World No.22 has not played competitively in singles since an ATP event in Tokyo last October.
“The Adelaide International can confirm that Nick Kyrgios will not compete in Week 2 of the tournament,” a statement read, via News Corp.
“The event is clearly disappointed in this decision as would be the fans who support him, but injury happens and health is always the priority.
“The Adelaide International wishes Nick Kyrgios the best of luck and a quick recovery, understanding the importance of the Australian Open preparation. He is welcome back to the Adelaide International anytime.”
Speaking to The Age last week, Kyrgios insisted he needed the recovery time if he was to perform his best at the first Grand Slam of 2023.
“Going deep or not, winning a match at a grand slam level is not an easy task,” he said.
“People underestimate the pressure and the nerves with being a part of one of the biggest tournaments of the year.
“Throw in an injury and knowing you didn't give yourself the best chance only adds to the mountain of pressure you face.
“So feeling good physically is important.”
Kyrgios is now racing the clock to take his place in the Australian Open, set to start on January 16.