Nick Kyrgios shocked his teammates by pulling out of the United Cup Wednesday on the eve of the event, quickly after Rafael Nadal stated the Australian had “all of the weapons” to win a Grand Slam.
The temperamental star withdrew forward of the brand new mixed-teams occasion in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, depriving followers of a scheduled conflict between him and the Spanish nice.
As a substitute, Alex de Minaur will face Nadal in a round-robin singles match.
Australia co-captain Sam Stosur stated they solely discovered about Kyrgios’ withdrawal minutes earlier than a scheduled group press convention.
“We actually simply came upon,” she stated. “We transfer ahead now and do our greatest on the day.”
The Sydney Morning Herald cited the Kyrgios camp as saying he suffered an ankle harm throughout an exhibition event in Dubai final week.
He practised in Sydney on Tuesday earlier than deciding towards competing within the United Cup, they added.
Kyrgios’ potential has typically been betrayed by his on-court behaviour, however he had a stellar season this 12 months, reaching his first Grand Slam ultimate at Wimbledon, dropping to Novak Djokovic.
He was additionally agonisingly crushed in 5 units within the US Open quarter-finals by Russia’s Karen Khachanov.
Talking earlier than Kyrgios pulled out of the United Cup, Nadal, who has 22 Grand Slam titles, stated the Australian might simply go all the way in which.
The Australian Open subsequent month might be his first alternative of the 12 months, a event the place the Spaniard is defending champion.
“I do know he doesn’t like loads to play Roland Garros, that’s the one event that appears like he doesn’t prefer to play that a lot,” stated Nadal in Sydney.
“The remainder of the tournaments, he performed ultimate in Wimbledon, in New York he was shut with the quarter-finals I believe, with a really optimistic probability.
“He can win in any event that he’s enjoying. He has all of the expertise, the weapons to win towards any participant. After all he can.”
Kyrgios instructed reporters earlier this week that he was “coaching properly, having fun with it, mentally feeling good. That’s all that basically issues”.
The Australian Open will get underneath manner at Melbourne Park on January 16.