January 16, (THEWILL) – Australian tennis player, Nick Kyrgios, has withdrawn from the 2023 Australian Open due to a knee injury.
Kyrgios had previously withdrawn from the United Cup and a warm-up tournament in Adelaide, hoping to be fit for the first Grand Slam of the year. The world No. 21 was set to play Roman Safiullin in the first round, but announced his withdrawal on Monday afternoon.
Kyrgios’ physio, Will Maher, believes the injury should not prevent Kyrgios from returning in time for Indian Wells in March. Kyrgios’ withdrawal also means he will not be able to defend his Australian Open men’s doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis.
In addition to Kyrgios, Carlos Alcaraz and 2018 finalist, Marin Cilic, have also withdrawn from the tournament due to injuries. For now, it is uncertain if there will be others who will withdraw, as Rafa Nadal takes on Jack Draper in the first round.