Nick Kyrgios admitted it was ‘heartbreaking’ to pull out of the Japan Open on Friday after admitting he didn’t want to push his troublesome left knee.
The Australian was in the hunt for two titles but made the difficult decision to pull out just minutes before his match against American Taylor Fritz in Friday’s quarter-final after his knee failed.
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This meant he also had to drop out of his doubles semi-final alongside his compatriot Australian friend Thanasi Kokkinakisending what had been a successful week in which a second singles title of the year had seemed his own.
Instead, the 27-year-old had to return home to Australia to rest his vulnerable left knee, which often got him into trouble.
However, Kyrgios has claimed that pulling out of the Japan Open will give him a longer push at the end of the season as he looks to face the 2022 campaign on European hard courts.
“Obviously very disappointing, it’s one of my favorite tournaments, I have good memories here,” said Kyrgios, who had been enthused the day before by the wonderful week he had spent with his team in the capital. Japanese.
“But stepping back is the smart option for my body. I have a few events left in the year and I want to do well at them, so I have to be smart.”
Kyrgios plans to play the ATP 500 Basel Open at the end of October and is also aiming for one of the big prizes of the season the following week at the Paris Masters in Bercy.
Highlights of her season include winning the Australian Open doubles title, a Wimbledon final and a triumph in Washington.
And Kyrgios believes if he can maintain his momentum there could be a push for the ATP Finals.
“I’m expecting great things from myself for the rest of the year. I don’t want to stop and wait for the Australian Open,” he explained earlier in the week in Tokyo.
“I want to stay on the road.”
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Kyrgios walked out of the stadium and told the fans himself that he couldn’t make the quarter-final.
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Kyrgios’ season could therefore end as it began, with a major doubles triumph alongside Kokkinakis.
The ‘Special Ks’ won the Australian Open together in January and could claim the season-ending ATP Finals trophy in November if all goes well.
And Kyrgios, not one of life’s great coaches, was quick to play down the idea that his withdrawal was a sign of continued physical vulnerability.
“I know in this case (retiring) is probably overloading rather than not being fit enough. I think it’s almost too excited to go out on the pitch and maybe train a bit too much. .
“It’s positive but heartbreaking at the same time.”
Still, his troublesome knee will likely remain a problem.
“It’s something I’ve had to deal with all my career and sometimes it wakes up pretty average,” he added.
“And when I was warming up with Thanasi, it didn’t feel ideal.”
with the AAP
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