It was one of the great absentees from the Australian Open which has just ended. Forced to forfeit the day before his entry into the running, Nick Kyrgios had involuntarily dampened the hopes of his compatriots enthusiastic about the idea of seeing him in action, especially in the wake of his Wimbledon final, so to speak, last year. . But the left knee of the 20th player in the world therefore decided otherwise and he had to resolve to undergo an arthroscopy. A little over a week later, where is the facetious Aussie?
His knee has been cleaned and he will come back better than ever
When he announced his withdrawal from the first Grand Slam of the year, Nick Kyrgios said he was “devastated” to have to give up playing in front of his compatriots. A state of emotional distress easily understandable when you know the ability of the joker to ignite the crowds, especially at home. But his knee problems are not new and he had to resolve to treat them. Where is he mentally now?
Kyrgios: “I’m devastated”
“Mentally he’s in fantastic shape: he’s at home, playing Pokemon, he’s being fed by his mum, so it can’t get any better than that“, he joked. Before adding more seriously: “A lot of players don’t have time to recover in general as they play every week. It’s obviously disappointing that he had to have surgery but it also means two things: his knee has been cleaned and he will come back better than ever. And we have time ahead of us for him to be fitter and stronger than last year at this time. All lights are green.”
If Horsfall refused to specify what precisely meant in terms of calendar a faster recovery so as not to put pressure on his friend, an Australian sports doctor had spoken on the subject recently. Doctor Peter Larkins had suggested that Kyrgios could return to competition in early March. If we believe the first impressions delivered by his agent, the Aussie is therefore likely to be present in Indian Wells (March 8-19) for the first Masters 1000 of the year. This would certainly be excellent news for him and for fans of tennis shows.