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“It’s not a career threatening injury or anything like that. We just wanted to save him from another injury and a worsening of the injury,” Maher said. Kyrgios had already missed the United Cup mixed competition and the tournament in Adelaide due to injury and will now undergo an arthroscopy.

Maher expected the 27-year-old to return to the tour at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells in early March. “I have no doubt at all that I will find my way back to my old strength,” said Kyrgios.

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The number 19 of the tournament should have played the first round match against the Russian Roman Safiullin on Tuesday. Kyrgios also had legitimate hopes of becoming the first Australian to triumph in Melbourne men’s singles since Mark Edmondson in 1976. A successful defense of the title in doubles, where he won the title with his compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in Melbourne Park in 2022, will also come to nothing.

“A crowd puller”

The highly talented, but also often moody Australian was considered one of the great advertising mediums for the first Grand Slam event of the year. In the new tennis documentary “Break Point” on Netflix, the 27-year-old is the main protagonist of the opening episode.

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“It’s bitter for the organizers,” said ex-tennis star Boris Becker, who returned to Eurosport as an expert after his release from prison: “He’s a crowd puller, through his nature he’s been able to win many young fans for tennis. But the truth is unfortunately on the pitch and not in interviews or Netflix shows.”

You have to prove on the pitch “that you’re strong enough. And that’s where Nick’s spirits differ a bit”. The American Denis Kudla, who moved up into the main draw as a lucky loser in the qualification, will benefit from his resignation.

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