BREAKING NEWS: Nick Kyrgios ‘will not play’ at the French Open after Australian star is handed grim reality check in race to return from knee injury
- Nick Kyrgios will not play at this year’s French Open, according to reports
- The 28-year-old has been struggling with a knee injury this year
- His team hopes he will be available to compete at Wimbledon in the summer
Nick Kyrgios’s prospects of playing at the French Open are looking bleak after his manager said fans are unlikely to see the Australian star at Roland Garros.
Kyrgios, 28, has been sidelined for the duration of 2023 due to a knee injury, which required surgery after he pulled out of the Australian Open in January.
The Canberra-born star had hoped to be fit in time for the claycourt grand slam, revealing that he wanted to take his girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi, to Paris.
However, The Age reports that he will not play in France this year after his manager, Daniel Horsfall, admitted they are unlikely to compete on clay.
‘It’s not looking likely,’ Horsfall said.
Nick Kyrgios has reportedly pulled out of the French Open due to his knee injury
The 28-year-old had hoped to take his girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi, to Paris for the tournament
‘We are trying everything we can to have Nick ready on court as soon as possible.’
Kyrgios last played an official tournament in October and his lengthy absence has denied fans the chance to see one of the sport’s most watchable stars compete at the top level.
His team still harbour hopes of competing at Wimbledon this year, after the 28-year-old enjoyed a magical run to the final of the grand slam in SW19 in 2022.
Elsewhere, Thanasi Kokkinakis has been handed a wildcard entry into the tournament at Roland Garros.
The 27-year-old joins Kim Birrell as Tennis Australia’s men’s and women’s wildcard recipients for the major in France.
Kokkinakis reached the last-32 on his tournament debut in 2015, and hopes another good showing will see him break into the top 100 men’s players in the world.
However, his manager confirmed that it is unlikely that fans will see Kyrgios at Roland Garros
‘It feels great to be back on the clay. I feel like I’m playing well at the moment, and have some great memories playing at the French,’ Kokkinakis said.
‘I really appreciate getting the wildcard, and can’t wait to compete in Paris again. I’ve had a few solid wins on the clay recently, so I hope I can build on that momentum and get some good results.’
Kokkinakis will join Alex de Minaur, Jason Kubler, Alexei Popyrin, Chris O’Connell, Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell in the men’s singles tournament.
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