Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from Adelaide’s World Tennis Challenge (WTC) due to knee injury.
Organisers said they were informed on Tuesday morning that the 21-year-old would not be participating in the championship to rest his knee, which was injured in the Hopman Cup early January.
“We found out this morning that he was not going to be available to play which was news to us,” said David Hearne, general manager at WTC.
“I’m certainly disappointed. We spent a lot of time, we’ve put a lot of effort in to Nick playing the event. It would have been fantastic to have him.
“We also need to understand that there’s a Grand Slam directly after us and for all players, that is really what they’re playing for and we really need to take that into consideration.”
However, Kyrgios said on his Twitter account that he would still be participating in the Australian Open, which starts in Melbourne next week.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 10, 2017
The Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych regretted Kyrgios’s absence in the competition. “It’s disappointing because it’s very close before the Slam, so I know how that might feel as a player that you want to have your days in preparation to be dealing with injury but let’s wish him all the best,” Berdych said.
However, fellow Australian player Mark Philippoussis said Kyrgios’s pull-out was “a smart move”.
“Watching him at the Hopman Cup, he was playing some good tennis but he looked like he was protecting that side of his body and his leg a little bit,” Philippoussis said.
“It just sounds like a lot of tennis for him going into a Grand Slam… To be honest it’s just a smart move.”