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Nick Kyrgios: Wimbledon runner-up withdraws from Australian Open due to a knee injury

Nick Kyrgios's hopes of ending his country's 47-year wait for a homegrown men's champion at the Australian Open have been shattered on the opening day when he was forced to pull out of the tournament with a knee injury on Monday

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Nick Kyrgios has announced his withdrawal ahead of his scheduled first-round match on Tuesday

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a knee injury.

The Australian No 1, considered one of the favourites after reaching his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon last summer, had not played a warm-up event because of a knee injury.

He played a charity match against Novak Djokovic on Friday and did not indicate his participation was in doubt, but he called an impromptu press conference on Monday afternoon where he said he was "devastated" to have to withdraw due to a small tear in his lateral meniscus (knee).

Kyrgios said: "I'm devastated, obviously. It's my home tournament. I've had some great memories here. Obviously, last year winning the title in doubles and playing the best tennis of my life probably.

"Then going into this event as one of the favourites, it's brutal. All I can do now is just look forward, do what I need to do and come back."

Physio Will Maher said Kyrgios had been troubled by a small tear in the meniscus of the knee for a couple of weeks and that withdrawing from the tournament was the sensible decision.

Kyrgios said he had given himself every chance of competing but that a hit with doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis on Monday morning convinced him he had to pull out.

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The withdrawal also means Kyrgios and Kokkinakis - dubbed the 'Special Ks' - will not be able to defend the men's doubles title they won at Melbourne Park last year.

"It's brutal. All I can do now is just look forward, do what I need to do and come back"
Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios' physiotherapist Will Maher revealed a small tear in the Australian's left meniscus had caused a cyst to develop, which will need to be removed surgically.

Maher said: "To Nick's credit, he did try everything, to the point even last week he was having a procedure called a fenestration and drainage where they use a syringe to try and drain the cyst, which Nick has some pretty gruesome photos of.

"We used the charity event against Novak as a gauge to see if he could compete at that highest level. He didn't pull up great, and he still tried to give himself every chance in the following days to have subsequent training. But it was clear that with each passing session that he was getting sorer and sorer."

Kyrgios eventually made the decision after a hit with his great friend Thanasi Kokkinakis, with whom he won the doubles title last year, on Monday.

"He pushed me around the court a little bit," said Kyrgios. "It was easier to make the call today.

"It doesn't feel good. When I finish a session or finish a match, it's just constant throbbing. I've barely had a good night's sleep the last four, five nights."

The good news for Kyrgios is it should be a simple injury to fix and he could be back for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in early March.

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