After finishing his season after the Laver Cup, Nick Kyrgios’ future has become even more uncertain.
After dealing with a left knee ailment in recent months, Nick Kyrgios has announced the end of his 2021 season.
Following Team World’s biggest loss in Laver Cup history, Nick Kyrgios has announced the end of his 2021 season. The Australian lost both his singles and doubles matches at the Ryder Cup-style tournament, and has since acknowledged he has been suffering from a knee problem for several months.
Kyrgios has only competed in a few tournaments this year, electing to stay at home in Australia for the majority of the year.
He returned to the tour at the start of the season for the Australian hard court summer, but did not compete again until Wimbledon this year, his first tournament outside of Australia since February 2020.
The 26-year-comeback old’s was short-lived, as he was forced to retire hurt in the third round against Felix Auger-Aliassime, after winning the first set 6-2 before losing the second set 6-1.
The world No. 96 then started his North American hard court season in Atlanta with a remarkable win against two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson before losing to Britain’s Cam Norrie, and then lost his first match in every tournament he attended after that.
The six-time champion showed signs of being limited by injury when he withdrew from his highly-anticipated first-round match with Andy Murray at the Winston-Salem Open, citing a left knee issue, just minutes before they were set to come to the court.
The Australian has finally spoken up about the injury that has kept him from being “100 percent healthy” for the last few months, and has announced that he will fly home to receive therapy for his left knee.
“Hey guys, I haven’t been near 100 percent healthy over the last couple of months,” Kyrgios posted on his Instagram story, revealing his decision to end his 2021 season after the Laver Cup.
“I’ve been battling with patella tendonopathy in my left knee, and continuing to play without adequately addressing it could lead to further pain and setbacks.”
During the Laver Cup weekend, the former world No. 13 made multiple retirement hints, stating he didn’t know how much longer he’d be on the tour.
Kyrgios also stated that the team competition would be his “probably” last of the year. “Brinkwire News Summary.”