Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, is currently ranked World No. 26. He has announced his withdrawal from the French Open due to a foot injury sustained during an alleged home invasion earlier this year. Kyrgios, who had been recovering from knee surgery. He clarified that his absence from the tournament was not related to his previous injury. But rather the aftermath of the traumatic incident.
In the incident, a man reportedly threatened Kyrgios’ mother with a gun before stealing the tennis star’s car. Assisting the police in tracking down the stolen vehicle. Kyrgios, unfortunately, incurred a deep laceration on his foot, which went unnoticed until the situation had settled down.
Having undergone surgery earlier in the year to remove a cyst in his knee. Kyrgios missed the Australian Open and was eager to compete in his home Grand Slam. However, the foot injury forced him to withdraw from the French Open and shift his focus to a comeback on grass courts. He is aiming to participate in the Stuttgart Open prior to Wimbledon.
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According to Kyrgios’ manager, Daniel Horsfall, the foot wound, had remained open for nearly two weeks. It was not healing correctly and prevented Kyrgios from resuming his on-court training. This setback was particularly frustrating for Kyrgios, who had been nearing the end of his rehabilitation from the knee surgery and needed to regain his ability to play through five sets before returning to Grand Slam tournaments.
The 28-year-old Australian has not competed in the French Open since 2017. Publicly expressing his aversion to clay surfaces in the past. His preference for grass and hardcourts has led him to skip the French Grand Slam in previous years. However, this withdrawal was solely due to the foot injury and not related to his feelings towards playing on clay.
Horsfall emphasized that Kyrgios had been making excellent progress in his rehabilitation until the foot injury occurred. The initial plan was to reach a point where he could comfortably play five sets before making a competitive comeback. Due to the foot wound not healing as expected, the organizers had to readjust the schedule.
The focus now is on allowing the foot wound to heal and scab before starting the process of preparing for the grass season. Kyrgios and his team are determined to make a strong return to the court and are working towards participating in the first tournament of the grass season.