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Nick Kyrgios is out of the Australian Open after suffering a knee injury on the eve of the tournament.
The controversial Australian was one of the favourites going into this year's Grand Slam down under. However, he will have to sit out of the tournament after picking up a knee injury on the eve of the tournament.
He was set to take on Russian tennis ace Roman Safiullin in the opening round in the John Cain Arena. Unfortunately, his hopes of winning his first ever Grand Slam have been cut devastatingly short after failing to recover in time for the start of the tournament this week.
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"Bad timing. Injuries are part of the sport," he told reporters. "I’m not doubting that I’ll be back to my full strength.
"I'm devastated, obviously, it's my home Slam and going into this event as one of the favourites, it’s brutal."
Kyrgios recently had to withdraw from the United Cup and a warm up tournament in Adelaide due to his niggling injuries. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, his injury problems have followed him to the Australian Open.
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It is a huge shame for the 2022 Wimbledon finalist who recently spoke about the level of popularity and support he has accumulated in his native Australia over the last few seasons. “I walked in here at the Australian Open maybe eight, nine years ago as a wild card.," he told reporters last Saturday.
"Now to see how my career has unfolded, to get to a point where everyone kind of expects me to win and go far, it’s a good feeling."
“But there’s a lot of stress, as well. I see it everywhere, on social media, everyone talking about it. ‘How are you feeling about Australian Open? You’re one of the favourites.’ “It’s hard to kind of just focus on what I need to do.”
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