‘Stosur Will Throw Her Under the Bus Like’- Nick Kyrgios Takes a Dig at Lleyton Hewitt After Compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic Follows in His Footsteps at the United Cup

Published 12/30/2022, 6:13 AM EST

USA Today via Reuters

Nick Kyrgios, the Australian tennis sensation, is perhaps the most controversial tennis player on the ATP Tour. With the 2023 Australian Open around the corner, the World No.22 was involved in another squabble after he withdrew from the Australian team at the United Cup. However, what surprised tennis fans recently was the withdrawal of another player and his compatriot, Ajla Tomljanovic.


The joint ATP-WTA event is coming to a conclusion, but the unanticipated withdrawal of the Australian tennis player shocked the fans on Wednesday.


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After Nick Kyrgios’ announcement, Ajla Tomljanovic follows in her compatriot’s footsteps

Merely 24 hours before the United Cup was supposed to commence; Nick Kyrgios’ withdrawal announcement came as a massive shock to his teammates and his fans. However, it was further compounded when another top player, Ajla Tomljanovic, announced her withdrawal from the tournament.


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Kyrgios took this opportunity to take a dig at the Australian captain, Lleyton Hewitt; who refused to entertain 27-year-old’s excuses for leaving team Australia. Kyrgios wrote, “Mmm, I wonder if Stosur will throw her under the bus like our captain did for me….. ‘hard to prepare when you don’t know what’s going on.’”

The 27-year-old was wondering if the WTA co-captain, Samantha Stosur, would also respond in a similar fashion to the ATP captain.

World No.22 was referring to the fact, when the co-captain of Australia, Lleyton Hewitt, denied any prior knowledge of Kyrgios’ withdrawal. And the confusion it created in the team. Moreover, the 11th-hour withdrawal of Kyrgios has put team Australia in a tough position. As the team is already at a disadvantage with a 0-2 loss.


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Why did Kyrgios withdraw from the United Cup 2022?

The Australian had a phenomenal tennis season in 2022. He started his year by making his Grand Slam debut and astoundingly claiming the Men’s doubles Australian Open title. He maintained a tremendous flow, as he marked an end to the grass-court season as the finalist in the singles at Wimbledon Championships 2022.

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As the World No.22 hopes to carry the same energy to improve his singles record and defend his doubles title at his home ground, Kyrgios walked out of the United Cup. However, it’s not just the astounding form that the Australian would be carrying on, but also the controversies which seem to follow him relentlessly.

How would Nick Kyrgios’ 2023 season turn out? We would love to know your thoughts about the Australian star!



Deepakshi Chaudhary

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Deepakshi Chaudhary is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her Masters at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and has worked as an editor for a reputed sports website. Watching Serena Williams dominate the WTA Tour in her heyday is what inspired Deepakshi to follow tennis.

Edited By: Tony Thomas