Nick Kyrgios has shared images of the beginning of his road to recovery following the knee surgery that ruled him out of the Australian Open.
The Aussie star had an arthroscopic procedure to clean up his lateral meniscus and remove a paralabral, leaving him in a full leg brace.
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The photos he shared on his Instagram account document the immediate aftermath of the procedure, which he said was needed to prolong his career.
He shared an image of himself lying in bed, one of his leg in the brace, and one of him standing up in his brace with the aid of crutches, which was captioned, “Day 1 was f*****”.
Kyrgios was forced to pull out of the tournament on day one, having tried everything to be fit for his first-round match.
At the time, he posted a message to his fans about what he was going through.
“I’ll be doing everything I can to get back to my best,” he wrote.
“To the real ones checking in and sending the vibes … I love you.”
Kyrgios had a precautionary scan on his knee when pain that developed while he was training in Canberra refused to subside.
Kyrgios’s physio, Will Maher, explained the need for his surgery.
“It’s not a significant injury in the sense that it’s going to be career-threatening or anything like that,” he said.
“Even at that stage (ahead of the Australian Open), it was worth persevering to see if we could get him back on court. To Nick’s credit, he did try everything.
“He was having (the knee drained) where they use a syringe to try to drain the cyst. Nick has some pretty gruesome photos, I’m sure he’ll share them later.”