Nick Kyrgios might not kick his Australian Open comeback goal after all, as he has had to pull out due to contracting COVID-19.
The Greek Australian player has confirmed his infection a week ahead of the season-opening major.
Kyrgios, 26, who reportedly has no symptoms yet also had to withdraw from the Melbourne Summer Set last week, citing asthma even though that was the first time he experienced such symptoms. At the time he had been negative for COVID-19.
He still hopes to compete at the Open “if all goes well” even though this will only give him a week to recover and be cleared in order to play.
Should he develop symptoms, it could mean he won’t be fit enough.
“I just want to be open and transparent with everyone, the reason I have had to pull out of Sydney is because I tested positive for COVID,” Kyrgios said on Instagram.
“I am feeling healthy at the moment with no symptoms. I wish everyone all the best and to stay safe where you can. If all goes well I will see you all at the Australian Open.”