Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has decided to withdraw from Wimbledon 2023 due to a wrist injury. The 28-year-old reached the men’s singles final last year but lost to Novak Djokovic.
Kyrgios has had limited participation in Wimbledon 2023, primarily due to a knee injury that necessitated surgery. He revealed on Sunday evening that he had suffered a torn ligament in his wrist during his return to the sport.
Kyrgios was seeded 30th in SW19 and was set to face Belgian David Goffin in the opening round. Wimbledon responded to Kyrgios’ withdrawal by wishing him a “swift recovery” on social media.
“Sorry to hear your news Nick Kyrgios. Wishing you a swift recovery and hope to see you back on our courts next year,” Wimbledon tweeted.
The start of an injury-hit season saw Kyrgios pull out of the Australian Open in January, a decision made on the eve of the tournament that left him “devastated”. Surgery on a cyst growing in his meniscus quickly followed and he was not able to return to competitive action until June.
Kyrgios suffered a first-round loss to China‘s Wu Yibing at the Stuttgart Open, struggling with his movement during a straight-set defeat, then pulled out of the Halle Open the following week.
He had been practising at the All England Club this week, saying his body felt “OK” after sets against fellow Australian Jordan Thompson and American Maxime Cressy. Kyrgios, known for his fiery temperament as well as his exciting tennis, reached his maiden major final at Wimbledon last year. He took the opening set before losing in four sets to Novak Djokovic.
Britain’s Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram, three-time major men’s doubles champions, were due to face Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinaki in their opening doubles match.