Love him or hate him, Nick Kyrgios rarely fails to raise the roof at the Australian Open.
His participation in this year’s tournament, however, is a non-starter.
The Sporting News takes a look at Kyrgios’ status ahead of the first grand slam event of 2024.
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Will Nick Kyrgios play Australian Open 2024?
Kyrgios won’t be playing at Australian Open 2024 after using his newly-publicised OnlyFans account to announce his withdrawal because of injury.
“Hey guys, Nick Kyrgios here, obviously had a really tough year with injury, had that knee surgery and came back a little too soon (which) set me back a little bit, obviously had some wrist issues,” Kyrgios said via his OnlyFans account.
“So this is a very disappointing time for me but yeah I won’t be able to compete at the 2024 Australian Open.
“Obviously heartbreaking, I’ve had so many amazing memories there and I just want to really get back to playing at the top of my game and doing it right and I need a little more time.
“I was so close to winning a grand slam, I want to make sure that my body is going to have the time it needs to come back so please bear with me.
“Even though I won’t be there competing this year at the AO, I still will be around, commentating matches, being around, I’ve got some special things planned, so please be excited still.
“You know I’ll be there and hopefully see all the fans, I’ll see you there.”
Are Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis playing doubles at Australian Open 2024?
Kyrgios’ singles withdrawal ends any hope of the tennis star teaming up with Thanasi Kokkinakis in the doubles.
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In 2022, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis became the first wildcard duo in the open era to lift the Australian Open men’s doubles trophy.
Following their unlikely run, the ‘Special Ks’ continued to play together for the remainder of the season.
They picked up a total of 19 wins from the eight tournaments they participated in during 2022, which saw them compete in their first-ever ATP Finals.
When is Australian Open 2024?
Australian Open 2024 will commence on Sunday, January 14 and become a 15-day event for the first time, finishing on Sunday, January 28.