The precarious state of Nick Kyrgios' career is the latest mystery unfolding in the world of professional tennis. An enigmatic persona, Kyrgios, currently ranked No. 35 in the ATP Rankings, has been noticeably absent from several key tournaments this year and has just announced his withdrawal from the upcoming 2023 Canadian Open in Toronto.
Already after his withdrawal from the 2023 Citi Open in Washington, the Australian was set for a massive ranking drop, which may be even bigger as he'll miss the ATP 1000 tournament held in Toronto.
The Canadian Open is yet another event on the tennis calendar that will miss the unpredictable Australian, whose charismatic performances have often ruffled feathers while also drawing large audiences.
Kyrgios' struggles began earlier this year, following a knee surgery in January that halted the fiery Aussie's momentum. Post-surgery, his return to form has been slow, filled with intermittent pauses. The Stuttgart Open marked his return after a long hiatus, yet the outcome left fans and analysts puzzled.
His early withdrawal from Halle, Mallorca, Wimbledon, Washington, and now Toronto, raises concerns about his fitness levels, as after the knee injury, the 2022 Wimbledon finalist started to struggle with his wrist.
The series of tournament withdrawals suggests a grueling struggle behind the scenes, with Kyrgios seemingly wrestling with recovery challenges. Last year's unanticipated run to the Wimbledon finals seems like a distant memory, as the Aussie grapples with his physical well-being and tries to recapture his electrifying form.
The focus now turns to the upcoming Cincinnati Masters and the US Open. Will the mercurial Australian make a triumphant return, or will he continue to nurse his knee and prepare for the 2024 season instead?