Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has opened up on his future as he looks to put an injury-plagued year behind him.
Kyrgios has endured a horror 12 months and urged fans to “be patient” as he announced plans to return to the court.
The 28-year-old has played just one competitive match during the season and is set to miss the upcoming US Open as his struggles with wrist and knee injuries continues.
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Kyrgios took to social media and put to bed any doubt about his tennis future and provided a positive update for his fans.
“To my millions of fans out there, I guess we just have to be patient,” Kyrgios wrote in an Instagram story, accompanied by a picture of him in the gym.
“Trust me, I still have some fire left in the tank, my body just needs time to recover and get back.
Nick Kyrgios has opened up about his future. Credit: AAP
“I’m still as motivated as ever, in the gym, treatment, recovery.
“Everything off-court is doing great.
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“l am eyeing to come back and have a season like my last again.”
Kyrgios is free-falling down the tennis rankings and is set to drop outside the top 100 soon. He could even drop all the way down to the 400s or 500s, the first time that has happened since he joined the ATP Tour.
The dramatic fall follows a hugely successful season in 2022 where he recorded a 37-10 win-loss record on the ATP Tour, accumulating a 79 per cent win rate.
He reached his maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon where he lost to Novak Djokovic, however 2023 has been a very different story for Kyrgios.
Nick Kyrgios provided an update about his future on Instagram. Credit: Instagram – @k1ngkyrg1os
A knee injury ruled Kyrgios out of this year’s Australian Open and he has since undergone arthroscopic surgery to fix the issue, which forced him to miss the French Open.
The injury troubles continued as a torn ligament ruled Kyrgios out of Wimbledon and he recently announced his withdrawal from the US Open due to the injury.
Speaking about his future at the Ultimate Tennis Show in Los Angeles recently, Kyrgios admitted all his “drinking and partying” means his tennis career would be over by the time he turns 33.
“No f***ing chance,” Kyrgios said about playing for the next five years.
“No way. Bro, there’s no chance I’m playing until 33.
“Kyrgios playing until 33 is insane. I’m not playing until 33.
“Nah, I promise you, when I’m gone, you’ll never see me again.”
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