Nick Kyrgios Doubtful for Australian Open 2021 After Disappointing Loss Over Borna Coric

Published 02/05/2021, 3:00 AM EST
Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his Men’s Singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)


One of tennis’s highly talented players, Nick Kyrgios, cast doubts on being able to compete at this year’s Australian Open. The first Grand Slam takes place in his own backyard in Australia. The Australian tennis player indicated an inability to complete a three or five-set match.

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Prior to the Australian Open, Nick took part in the ATP Murray River Open. After registering wins in the first couple of matches, the 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinalist lost to Croatia’s Borna Coric in straight sets. During the match, Kyrgios struggled with problems with his knee and was forced to call a trainer. 

Roger Federer of Team Europe and Nick Kyrgios of Team World poses for photo during Day 2 of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 21, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by RvS.Media/Monika Majer/Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios: “There’s a massive question mark for me”

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After losing the match, the Australian player stated, “Yeah, well, I was going through some pain during last year. I’ve always had kind of knee issues, especially my left knee. It was something that was pretty serious. I’d rather not talk about it… There’s a massive question mark for me [to play three or five sets] even if I was completely healthy, not playing in a year. It’s not easy to turn around and prepare for such an event just like that. It’s not like a tap.”

The former World No. 13 admitted the difficulties in preparing for one of the biggest sporting events. There came a point in the match when Nick received two violations from the chair umpire for swearing, and for throwing a broken racquet into the crowd. 

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia (R) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain at the net following their Men’s Singles fourth round match on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

In the previous season, the talented Australian player cut his season short due to an injury suffered on his wrist. The last Grand Slam he competed at was the Australian Open. He lost to Rafael Nadal in four sets. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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