Nick Kyrgios was injured at the Australian Open on Monday without scoring a goal, saying he was “devastated” at missing his home Grand Slam.
The Australian, who had no chance of winning the title, struggled with an ankle problem before the tournament.
But discomfort in his knee forced him out the day before he was due to face Russian Roman Safiullin in the first round.
Kyrgios also planned to defend his doubles title alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Kiryos Outside Slam
“Of course I’m devastated,” he said at a hastily organized press conference. Melbourne Park.
“I’ve had some great tournaments here, won doubles last year and played tennis all my life, probably leading up to this tournament.
“Pretty brutal, one of the most important tournaments of my year and it wasn’t easy,” he added.
“It’s a mix of emotions… just a bad time, but that’s life. Injuries are part of the sport.”
His physiotherapist, Will Maher, said the scan showed a cyst from a small tear in his lateral meniscus, but it was not a career-threatening injury.
Kyrgios’ team used a charity match against Novak Djokovic on Friday to check on an injured knee and the Aussie “didn’t pull up very well”.
The 27-year-old said on Saturday that the expectation that he could go far in the first Grand Slam of the year was stressful and made it hard for him to focus.
But the divisive Aussie also said he was humiliated by being in a position where people saw him as a real chance to win the first Grand Slam.
While his frequent tantrums have long overshadowed his talent, Kyrgios had a stellar 2022, making a blistering run to his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon before losing to Djokovic.