Nick Kyrgios says he has been ‘nowhere near healthy’ recently, and that is why he is ending his season early.
Kyrgios has not produced any regular tennis since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most of that was through choice as he did not want to tour during a pandemic, but he says there are also injury concerns behind his withdrawal from the circuit too.
Writing on his Instagram story, Kyrgios said: “Hey guys, over the last couple months, I haven’t been near 100% healthy.
“I’ve been dealing with left knee patella tendinopathy, and continuing to play without fully treating it can lead to further pain and greater set backs.
“I’ve chosen to fly back to Australia to reassess and am planning to get platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment to settle down and rehab my knee.
“I’m disappointed as it has kept me from playing my best tennis and hopefully with everything going smoothly I will be back to 100 per cent by the Australian Open.”
Kyrgios played the Laver Cup in Boston last week although admitted during it that he thinks it is the last time he will appear in the event.
He also discussed his longer-term future, telling reporters that he still plans to walk away from tennis altogether within the next five years.
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