Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from next month’s Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami as he continues to recover from surgery on his left knee, event organisers said.
The 27-year-old Australian had a terrific second half of 2022 but was forced to miss the Australian Open and has yet to make his 2023 season debut.
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After contesting his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in July, he won the ATP 500 Citi Open in August, and reached to US Open quarter-finals in September.
But pain in his knee forced him to withdraw from the Japan Open in October and this year, after withdrawing on the eve of the Australian Open, he had knee surgery in Canberra.
Kyrgios had originally hoped to return to the court for Indian Wells, but it now remains unclear when he will return to full fitness.
Last week, Kyrgios left listeners stunned with some bizarre comments during his appearance on social media star Logan Paul’s podcast.
During his tell-all appearance on the ‘Impaulsive’ podcast, Kyrgios revealed his “mad” interest in conspiracy theories, more details about his private life with girlfriend Costeen Hatzi, his mental health battles, his time spent in court and how close he came to retiring from tennis last year.
Meanwhile, Thanasi Kokkinakis has beaten a Frenchman ranked almost 30 places above him in the rankings as he continues his promising start to the year at the Dubai Open.
Kokkinakis, ranked No.101 in the world, is a wildcard but he beat French lucky loser and world No.73 Quentin Halys, 6-4 7-6 (11-9), at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre on Monday.
Kokkinakis has bounced back well after his heartbreaking defeat in five sets by Andy Murray at the Australian Open, winning a Challenger title in Bahrain, where he beat Jordan’s Abedallah Shelbayh in the final.
Halys has won their two previous meetings but Kokkinakis clinched victory in straight sets when he recovered from 8-9 down in the tiebreak to win the last three points.
Kokkinakis will next play the winner of Tuesday’s match between Britain’s Daniel Evans and Croatia’s Borna Coric, the No.8 seed.
Fellow Aussie Alexei Popyrin was also a wildcard in Dubai but was edged out in three sets by Russian qualifier Pavel Kotov, 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-3).
And Novak Djokovic has overtaken Germany great Stefanie Graf’s record for most weeks by a men’s or women’s tennis player as world No.1.
On Monday, the Serb completed his 378th week at the top of the ATP rankings, breaking Graf’s record of 377 weeks as the No.1 in the women’s WTA standings.
“I’m flattered, obviously. Extremely, extremely proud and happy for this achievement,” Djokovic said in a video posted on social media, in which he referred to Graf as “one of the greatest, most legendary, tennis players.”
Djokovic returned to the No.1 position in January for the first time since last June by winning a record-extending 10th Australian Open crown.
He already held the record for the most weeks as No.1 in the history of the men’s ATP rankings when he surpassed Roger Federer’s mark of 310 weeks in March 2021.