Nick Kyrgios - Australian Open 2023

Nick Kyrgios’ manager reveals real reason for missing Roland Garros

Nick Kyrgios will not be playing at Roland Garros this year, but it is not because of the knee that he had surgery on earlier this year.

Kyrgios has not played a professional match in 2023, due to a knee injury caused by a tear in his lateral meniscus which required surgery.

While the 28-year-old has not played at Roland Garros in six years, there were talks about the Australian returning to the clay major this year as his ‘girlfriend wants to see Paris’.

However, their trip to the French capital has been put on hold due to an injury caused by an armed robbery at his family home.

The Canberra police allege that Kyrgios’ mother was held at gunpoint and the Wimbledon finalist had his Tesla stolen.

Kyrgios’ manager, Daniel Horsfall, has provided an update on this injury, “During the incident on May 1st, they had the armed robbery at the house. With all the stuff that was going on, Nick lacerated the side of his left foot. We don’t know how.”

He continued, “Basically, it’s just set him back about two-and-a-half weeks in terms of his loading schedule to get back on court for what we thought was going to be the Grand Slam.”

Shortly after the robbery took place, a man was arrested in the Australian capital after Kyrgios used an app on his phone to locate his car.

His manager has suggested that practising on the clay was making the left foot worse, “He couldn’t slide, couldn’t get on court because every time he put a shoe on, it moved and it would re-open.”

Kyrgios took to Twitter to express his emotions on the news, claiming he is ‘only human’.

However, despite this setback Horsfall seemed very pleased with how Kyrgios’ knee has recovered, “His knee, as far as we’re concerned, is actually in fantastic shape, the surgery went well.”

He added, “His fitness is at a fantastic level. It was just when we got to the last point of that rehab, the on-court loading, this freak accident happened.”

Nick Kyrgios at Roland Garros

Kyrgios has openly expressed his dislike for playing on the dirt, previously describing the second major of the year as ‘the worst Grand Slam’.

However, the outspoken Aussie has picked up some impressive results on clay over the years, including wins over Roland Garros champions Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, as well as reaching the final of Estoril in 2015.

Here are Kyrgios’ performances at Roland Garros over the years:

Overall career win-loss record on clay: 38-24 (61%)

Win-loss record at Roland Garros: 5-5 (50%)

2013 – Lost in the second round to Marin Cilic (10), 4-6 2-6 2-6

2014 – Lost in the first round to Milos Raonic (8), 3-6 6(1)-7 3-6

2015 – Lost in the third round to Andy Murray (3), 4-6 2-6 3-6

2016 – Lost in the third round to Richard Gasquet (9), 2-6 6(7) 2-6

2017 – Lost in the second round to Kevin Anderson, 7-5 4-6 1-6 2-6

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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.