MELBOURNE, Australia — After spending the past week receiving all the laurels of a hometown favorite, Nick Kyrgios The fled suddenly Australian Open On Monday, with a minor knee injury. He was unable to play in the first round.

Interview Friday KyrgiosThe temperamental Australian star who was a finalist at Wimbledon last year, said he had been battling soreness in his left knee during the off-season, but he expected to be able to play in the year’s first Grand Slam.

These hopes were dashed Friday by Novak Djokovic’s charity match.

“Extremely disappointed,” Kyrgios At a Monday news conference at Melbourne Park, he said these words. “Pretty brutal. One of the most important tournaments of my career.”

After moving up from 100th to 100th in 2021, we were able play into the Grand Slam tournaments. Kyrgios Among the favourites heading into the Australian Open, where he won the men’s doubles title last year with fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

In December of last year, the first signs that things weren’t going according to plan emerged. Kyrgios He pulled out from the United Cup team competition just before the beginning of the event. Then, he withdrew his entry from the United Cup. Australian Open Adelaide tuneup tournament, in the hope that he would feel well enough to start the Australian Open This week.

Will Maher Kyrgios’s longtime physiotherapist, said during the Monday news conference that Kyrgios underwent an M.R.I. A M.R.I. was performed last week and revealed a cyst in the bladder as well as a tiny tear in the meniscus. Maher explained Kyrgios Later this week, he will be returning to Canberra for the procedure. The knee will be repaired and he is expected to return to the BNP Paribas for March. Open Indian Wells, Calif.

“There’s a parameniscal cyst growing in his left meniscus, which is the result of a small tear in his lateral meniscus.” Maher claimed. “It’s not a significant injury in the sense that it’s going to be career-threatening, or anything like that.”

Maher Kyrgios For him to qualify, he had to do everything possible. The cyst was removed by him last week. The cyst was also removed by injections. However, his pain grew over the past few days. Maher warned that playing may cause a greater injury such as an anterior cruciate tear, also known as A.C.L.

Kyrgios He stated that his loss in the U.S. Quarterfinals was the end of it. Open His mind was shifted from September to the Australian OpenHere, he enjoyed his opportunities on hardcourts in front raucous home audiences.

“I always wanted to just do everything right and train right and tick every box, and just be ready,” Kyrgios said. He continued, “Obviously, this coming around is just bad timing. But that’s life. Injury is a part of the sport.”

He said he was confident that he would be able to regain the form that made him one of the world’s most feared players, but surgery is the only way to get there.

“Every time I land on serve or push off my serve, you can see on the side of my knee there’s like a little lump,” He stated. “That lump will eventually just get bigger and bigger. There’s pressure on my knee, obviously hinders my movement. The only real way to get rid of it is to open up and then just get rid of it.”

Kyrgios Canberra has another important issue that needs to be addressed in the coming weeks.

Early February Kyrgios She is required to be in court in order to answer a charge for common assault that stemmed from an altercation she had with Chiara Passari in December 2021. Kyrgios Since the issue became public in his Wimbledon run, July 31, 2013, he has refused to talk about it.

While common assault is not a serious charge, it indicates that the victim was subject to immediate and unlawful violence. Kyrgios’s lawyers have said they will mount a defense focused on mental illness, citing his history of depression and substance abuse, struggles Kyrgios He said that his family will always be there for him, but that they now have control. The court could decide to issue a treatment plan if it accepts his defense. The maximum penalty for common assault is two years’ imprisonment.