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Nick Kyrgios withdraws from Australian Open 2023 Australian Open men’s singles draw, scores 2023 Australian Open women’s singles draw, scores

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Devastated Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the Australian Open on Monday – the day before he was due to play his first round singles match – with a left knee injury that needs arthroscopic surgery.

Kyrgios, a 27-year-old Australian, came in second. Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon last year in singles and in a team with a good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis to claim the men’s doubles championship at the 2022 Australian Open.

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Kyrgios was considered the host nation’s strongest chance of winning the title at Melbourne Park this year; no male Australian has won a singles trophy there since 1976.

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“Just bad timing. But such is life,” said a dejected Kyrgios, who occasionally lowered his head or covered his face with his hand during a press conference in Melbourne Park along with his physiotherapist. Will Maher. “Injuries are part of the sport.”

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Kyrgios announced his withdrawal on the first game day of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, where Rafael Nadal advanced and Coco Gauff and Emma Radukanu also won to set up a second round blockbuster match.

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“I’m just tired of everything. It’s obviously pretty brutal,” Kyrgios said of his decision to sit it out. “One of the most important tournaments in my career. It wasn’t easy at all.”

He was seeded 19th in Melbourne and was due to face Roman Safiullin in the first round on Tuesday.

“I haven’t slept much in the last four or five nights. It just pulsated. … Every time I land on a serve or push off a serve, you can see a small bump on the side of my knee. This lump will eventually get bigger and bigger,” Kyrgios said. “My knee is pressing, (which) obviously interferes with movement. Yeah, the only real way to get rid of him is to open up and then just get rid of him.”

He joins a long list of outstanding players who are not in this Australian Open, from the now retired Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Ash Barty pregnant Naomi Osakawounded Carlos Alcaraz, Venus Williams and Marin Cilic.

Kyrgios is as mercurial a character as he is in tennis, known for alternating between sometimes brilliant and sometimes disinterested play, as well as mixing occasional outlandish outbursts during matches. He spoke candidly about dealing with mental health issues.

Kyrgios has also been charged with assault in connection with a pending trial in his home city of Canberra.

Of course, he’s drawing attention on and off the tennis court, which is why he’s one of the athletes featured in the new Netflix documentary series Breakpoint, which debuted last week.

The Australian Open was supposed to be Kyrgios’ official debut of the season after he withdrew from tuning in early January. He used an exhibition match against Djokovic on Friday in front of a packed house at the Rod Laver Arena to test his knee, but it didn’t help.

Maher said an MRI examination after Kyrgios felt discomfort in his knee revealed a cyst and a small tear in the lateral meniscus ligament. The coach said the issue was “not career threatening” and that Kyrgios would be able to return to competition in time for the hard court tournament in Indian Wells, California in March.

“Look, I have no doubt that I will return in full force and play the tennis that I played before this tournament. Yes, I’m clearly devastated. It’s like my home tournament. I have great memories here – obviously last year I won the doubles title and probably played the best tennis of my life. Going into this tournament as one of the favorites is cruel,” Kyrgios said.

“All I can do now,” he added, “is just look ahead, do what I need to do, and come back.”

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Novak Djokovicrecord nine-time champion and current champion Rafael Nadal will headline the 2023 Australian Open, where a record of men’s singles Grand Slam titles is at stake.

Djokovic Favorite bookmaker PointsBet despite being seeded fourth after missing last year’s Australian Open and US Open due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Serb has won his last 21 matches at the Australian Open after losing in the fourth round in 2018. Margaret Court and become the second person to win any major tournament 10 times.

The other person to do so is, of course, Nadal, who owns 14 French Open crowns. Nadal also holds a record 22 men’s Grand Slam singles titles, just one more than Djokovic.

Nadal won the Australian Open last year after suffering a chronic foot injury that left him unsure if he would ever return to tennis. He also overcame foot problems to win the French Open, then reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon before dropping out of the tournament with a torn abs.

Starting with a fourth-round loss at the US Open, Nadal led 1-6 in his seven matches leading up to the Australian Open.

This is the first Australian Open since Roger Federerretirement. Also missing: injured world No. 1 and US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz from Spain, who at 19 became the youngest men’s Grand Slam champion since Nadal’s first title at the 2005 French Open.

Norwegian Casper Ruudrunner-up at last year’s French Open and US Open, and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, a three-time Australian Open semi-finalist, ranks second and third between Nadal and Djokovic. Ruud is in Djokovic’s half of the field. Tsitsipas in Nadal’s half.

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Iga Swiatek from Poland takes first place in the 2023 Australian Open Women’s singles tournament and aims to move closer to a career Grand Slam.

Swiatek, a two-time French Open champion who won the last major tournament, the US Open in September, leads the first major competition not to have seen a woman with four or more Grand Slam titles since the 2003 US Open.

It’s because of Serena Williamsretirement after US Open, Naomi Osakainterruption of pregnancy and Venus Williams“Withdrawal due to injury. Other multiple big winners are also missing: Simona Halep due to a temporary ban on doping and Angelique Kerber due to pregnancy. Not to mention the reigning champion. Ash Bartyretirement in March last year.

So Świątek not only Favorite bookmaker PointsBet, but also the most titled champion in this area. Last year, she followed an upset loss in the semi-finals of the Australian Open to an American. Daniel Collins soon scoring 37 consecutive match wins, replacing Barty as world number one.

Seed #3 Jessica Pegula, who beat Swiatek in the Combined Cup earlier in January, is the main hope to end the longest drought in US women’s singles this century and the longest drought in US men’s and women’s singles in the Open Era (since 1968). Pegula and Sviontek could meet in the semifinals.

Coco Gauff, who finished second to Swiatek at last year’s French Open, is seeded seventh and is looking to reach her first Australian Open quarter-final. Gauff to face 2021 US Open champion Emma Radukanu in the second round and could play Swiatek in the quarterfinals.

While Swiatek, Pegula and Gauff are in the top half of the bracket, the bottom half is dominated by the number 2 seed. Our Jaber Tunisia, No. 4 Caroline Garcia France and No. 5 Arina Sobolenko Belarus.

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