Tennis: Kyrgios to return from injury next week with 'fire in belly'

AFP , Friday 5 Apr 2024

Nick Kyrgios expects to return to the tennis court next week after the Australian missed virtually the entire 2023 season with injury.

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios of Australia only played one ATP Tour game in 2023 due to injury. AFP


The former Wimbledon finalist has played just one ATP Tour match since late 2022 after suffering wrist and knee injuries.

However, the 28-year-old told the Australian Open Show podcast he will soon be practising again, having previously hinted his tennis career could be over.

"I'm hitting for the first time next week, so as soon as I get back out on court, I guess it's just going to be starting up, getting that load back through my wrist and my body," he said.

Kyrgios, who lost the 2022 Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic, didn't give a date when he will be back playing on the ATP Tour.

"I'm going to take my time, come back and just enjoy being back out there," he said.

Kyrgios, who once reached a career-high 13 in the world, called it "one of the hardest years of my life, tennis-wise".

"Everything else has been amazing, I can't complain about anything else," he said.

"But tennis-wise I've had some really hard conversations with myself, if I want to keep doing this.

"So I know there's still fire in the belly, which is good, it's healthy."

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