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Nick Kyrgios tests positive for Covid-19 just one week before Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios has been forced to pulled out of the Sydney Tennis Classic after testing positive for Covid-19, but still hopes to compete at the Australian Open which is just a week away.

Kyrgios’ last competitive appearance came in September when he featured at the Laver Cup. After exiting at the group stage in both the singles and doubles, he revealed he had been nursing an injury to his left knee.

As a result, the Australian took the decision to end his season early and hoped to be back in time for the Australian Open.

Kyrgios had been hoping to get some vital preparation at the Melbourne Summer Set but was forced to withdraw when an illness triggered his asthma.

After missing the first preparation event, he looked set to make a return to action against Fabio Fognini at the Sydney Tennis Classic. But he has now been dealt a further set-back as he has been forced to withdraw once more after contracting Covid-19 just a week before the first Grand Slam of the season.

According to the Australian government’s guidelines, the current period of self-isolation required after returning a positive test is seven days. This leaves Kyrgios tight for time to recover in time for the Australian Open.

Kyrgios announced the news through an Instagram story. The Instagram story read “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.

“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.”

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.