Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios will drop out of the ATP top-100 ranking for the first time since last March … but that’s not all.
Having not played a single grand slam this year, the 28-year-old has withdrawn from this week’s Washington Open – where he won in 2022 and 2019.
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The points he tallied for his success at the tournament last year have expired, hence the sudden drop from No.35 to 92.
He has also withdrawn himself from next week’s Masters 1000 event in Toronto, where he will lose another 180 points, leaving him outside the top 100. But the tumble down the rankings won’t stop.
If Kyrgios doesn’t play in the next month, he can drop all the way down to the 400s or even 500s, a result not seen since he first joined the ATP Tour.
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He has 225 points coming off in the next two weeks, and 360 at the US Open; after that he’s only got 90 points left in total.
Kyrgios’ most recent grand slam appearance was at last year’s US Open. Since then he has battled ongoing injury issues.
Nick Kyrgios will lose his top-100 ranking but the worst is yet to come. Credit: Getty Images
He had surgery on a meniscus tear on his left knee earlier this year after being forced to pull out of the Australian Open. He later described it as “quite a serious surgery”.
Following that, he withdrew from Wimbledon just hours before his comeback to grand slam tennis with another injury.
“Hey, everyone,” Kyrgios wrote.
“I’m really sad to say that I have to withdraw from Wimbledon this year. I tried my hardest to be ready after my surgery and to be able to step on the Wimbledon courts again.
“During my comeback, I experienced some pain in my wrist during the week of Mallorca. As a precaution I had it scanned and it came back showing a torn ligament in my wrist.”
Kyrgios has not yet ruled himself out of the Cincinnati Masters or the US Open, both later this month.
But he faces a doomsday scenario if his availability changes.
Nick Kyrgios, pictured here Mike Tyson, needs to get his fitness back quickly. Credit: Instagram
Kyrgios dropped outside the top 100 in 2022 and 200 in 2014 but he has not been outside the top 500 since 2013 when he was a 17-year-old prodigy.
That is now a possibility if his injury woes continue.
He was ranked as high as 13 in 2016 and 2017 and has earned over $12 million in career prize money.
The Wimbledon final in 2022 was his first and only singles grand slam finals appearance, but he won the doubles at the Australian Open in 2022 when he partnered with good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis.
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