Nick Kyrgios Forced to Withdraw from Halle Due to Knee Issue: Focus Shifts to Wimbledon

June 20, 2023 9:00 am

Nick Kyrgios, the 28-year-old Australian tennis star, has been forced to withdraw from the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle due to an ongoing issue with his left knee. This setback comes after Kyrgios recently made his comeback to the ATP Tour in Stuttgart, following surgery to repair a small tear in his left lateral meniscus back in January.

During his first-round match against Wu Yibing in Stuttgart, Kyrgios experienced limitations in his movement due to his troublesome knee. As a result, he has decided to withdraw from the ATP 500 tournament in Halle. Enhance your tennis viewing experience with attractive betting odds from Nextbet

In a video shared by the tournament, Kyrgios expressed his disappointment about missing out on Halle and emphasized his focus on preparing for Wimbledon. He stated, “Very unfortunate news that I won’t be able to compete at Halle this year. Still dealing with a couple of things in my knee, just trying to give myself the best opportunity to compete at Wimbledon.”

Wimbledon holds great significance for Kyrgios, and he is determined to prioritize his health and well-being. He acknowledged that he didn’t want to deliver a subpar performance and felt it was best to skip the tournament this year. He concluded, “Hopefully next year I’ll be healthy enough to play, see you soon.”

Kyrgios experienced a career-high season in 2022, achieving a remarkable 37-10 record. Notably, he excelled on grass courts, securing 12 victories and reaching his first-ever Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.

With Kyrgios’ withdrawal, Aslan Karatsev has taken his place in the Halle draw. Karatsev, a lucky loser who impressed as a qualifier by reaching the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid in May, will now face Lorenzo Sonego in the first round in Germany.

While Kyrgios faces disappointment in missing out on Halle, his primary focus remains on regaining full fitness for Wimbledon, where he hopes to showcase his exceptional skills and passion for the game once again. Get the latest updates from the world of tennis only on Nextbet Sports.