Nick Kyrgios ‘absolutely dreaded’ returning to tennis following injury at Wimbledon 2023.
Kyrgios, 28, lost to Novak Djokovic in the SW19 final last year and has only competed in one tournament this year due to a knee ailment that required surgery.
“It’s been brutal and hard,” Kyrgios said of his first round match against Belgian David Goffin.
“I’m just going to take it day by day.”
“What I’ve accomplished in my career never leaves,” he continued.
“Last year wasn’t all that long ago. I feel like I’m still doing a good job. On the court, I can still defeat a lot of guys.”
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Kyrgios pulled out of the Australian Open in January due to an injury, a choice he described as “devastated” on the eve of the tournament.
After undergoing surgery to remove a cyst in his meniscus, he was unable to compete again until last month.
“To be honest, I don’t miss the sport at all. I was almost looking forward to returning. “But it’s my job,” he explained.
Kyrgios lost in the first round of the Stuttgart Open to China’s Wu Yibing, battling with his movement throughout a straight-set defeat, and then withdrew from the Halle Open the following week.
However, he has been practicing at the All England Club this week, where he stated that his body felt “OK” after sets against fellow Australian Jordan Thompson and American Maxime Cressy.
“I still believe there are some unanswered questions.” “I mean, five-set tennis is a completely different base,” Kyrgios explained.
“When I look back at my preparations last year, I probably had the best preparation possible.” This year could not be any different.
“This week, I’ve been hitting with some really good players, and my body is feeling fine.”
“I’m just going to try to do everything I can – prepare, get out there, and play some good tennis.”