Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the upcoming Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.
The 27-year-old hasn’t played a singles match on the ATP Tour since Tokyo in October.
Indian Wells and Miami are two of the biggest tournaments of the year outside of the grand slams, and Kyrgios’ ranking will take a hit with his absence.
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He made the quarter finals at Indian Wells last year, and the fourth round in Miami.
“Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the 2023 BNP Paribas Open due to an ongoing knee injury,” Indian Wells organisers said in a statement.
The world No.19 went under the knife in January after being forced to pull out of both the United Cup and the Australian Open.
At the time, his manager Daniel Horsfall said Kyrgios was targeting a March return.
“The surgery was a great success,” Horsfall said.
“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome of it. Now we will be pushing ahead for a speedy recovery and are aiming to see everyone at Indian Wells.”
Kyrgios will now have to return during the clay season in April, a surface he has shunned in recent years. He made the quarter finals in Houston in 2022, his only tournament on clay in the last four years.
He hasn’t played Roland Garros since a second round loss to Kevin Anderson in 2017, saying the tournament “sucks” and tennis should “get rid of the clay”.
At the end of 2022 he confirmed he would return to Paris in May, but only because his girlfriend wants to see the city.
“It will be good for me to earn some more money, although I would have preferred to stay at home,” he said at the time.
“I know I can do great results on clay. I beat Roger [Federer], [Stan] Wawrinka, I played a final in Estoril… My girl wants to get to know the city so I will have to go this year.”
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