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Nick Kyrgios: I definitely will be coming back

Nick Kyrgios has provided a major update on his comeback progress, with the former Wimbledon finalist not playing an ATP match since June.

Kyrgios last competed at the grass court event in Stuttgart, losing in straight sets to Yibing Wu, before withdrawing from Wimbledon due to a wrist injury.

This was not the first injury Kyrgios had obtained last year, after missing the first half of 2023 due to a knee injury, that he later underwent surgery on.

As a result, the Australian has completely fallen off the ATP rankings and has spoken about how difficult the past year has been to The AO Show podcast, “It’s arguably been one of the hardest years of my life tennis wise. Everything else has been amazing, I can’t complain about anything else. But tennis wise, I’ve had some really hard conversations with myself.”

Kyrgios has kept his comeback progress under wraps for a long time, but has now revealed that he plans to return to the practice court very soon.

“Like why am I doing all this?” questioned Kyrgios. “Like I don’t have to do it, but I’m doing it for some reason. So I know there’s still fire in the belly, which is good.”

The 28-year-old continued, “I’m hitting for the first time next week, so as soon as I get back out on court, I guess it’s just going to be starting up, getting that load back through my wrist and my body. But look, I definitely will be coming back. It’s just hard to put an exact date on it because the injury was quite severe.”

Kyrgios achieved his best ever Grand Slam result back in 2022, losing in the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic, but admitted that he is not expecting to return back to that form sort of form straight away.

“I’m getting to the point of my career where I know that I’ve had a lot of success and many athletes don’t even have a quarter the success of that, so it’s selfish for me to come back and demand to be making Wimbledon finals again,” explained the former world No.13. “I’m going to take my time, come back and just enjoy being back out there.”

Inside the baseline…

It is interesting to see Nick Kyrgios give an update on his tennis comeback, as most of the recent social media updates have been about other avenues he has been exploring. Wrist injuries are often very difficult to comeback from, at least in the same vein as form in, something that 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem has discovered. In-fact, Kyrgios seems to have realised this, after recently labelling Thiem as an inspiration to him. Although there are plenty of variables that could push back Kyrgios’ return, it seems likely that the grass court season would be the target for him.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.