Nick Kyrgios - Indian Wells 2022

Nick Kyrgios To Switch Focus To French Open Challenge

After the disappointment of having to withdraw from the 2023 Australian Open, Nick Kyrgios will next look to focus on challenging for a first major title at the French Open.

A knee injury brought Kyrgios’ Aussie Open hopes to an end before they began but the 27-year-old can look to the positives and come back stronger for a crack at the title at Roland-Garros in May.

Kyrgios Can Bounce Back From Melbourne Disappointment

Always looking to impress at his home Grand Slam event, Kyrgios will of course have felt the bitter disappointment of missing out on the Aussie Open this year. The 27-year-old was one of the contenders in an Australian Open bet before the competition but on the 16th of January, it was confirmed he would play no part in the event in Melbourne. With the likes of Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal then the focus of Australian Open betting tips, Kyrgios can do nothing more than focus on his recovery. Having suffered a small tear in the lateral meniscus in his knee, Kyrgios will require surgery to resolve the issue.



While being a player who at times loses his composure on the court, Kyrgios seemed mature and measured in his comments after the news of his injury via the BBC came out. Admitting his disappointment and the cruel nature of the timing of the injury, the Canberra star stated he had no doubts he would be back to full strength in the near future. The injury, while requiring arthroscopic surgery, could have been much worse and Kyrgios will now focus on recovery before looking ahead to Paris.

Room For Improvement At Roland-Garros

When it comes to Grand Slam events, the clay courts of the French Open have not been Kyrgios’ most favoured surface. Preferring the grass courts of Wimbledon or the hard surfaces of the Australian Open and US Open, clay has proved to be more difficult for Kyrgios in the past. The third round of the Grand Slam at Roland-Garros is the furthest he has been able to reach and that was back in the tournaments of 2015 and 2016.

While his record in the French capital for this event has not been the best, Kyrgios showed signs in 2022 that he is a player on the up. He played the first Grand Slam final of his career at Wimbledon, it was a landmark season for this talented player. Kyrgios made headlines with ESPN for the right reasons with his performance at the All-England Club on the way to the final, only to be beaten by Serbian star Djokovic. It was a journey that ended in disappointment but just showed that Kyrgios is able to put a run of wins together at a major tournament. Looking back, Wimbledon 2022 might well be seen as a turning point for a player who has at times struggled to live up to his obvious potential.

It has been far from the ideal start to the 2023 campaign for Kyrgios but with a positive attitude on his recovery and with form to build on from 2022, the Aussie star will be hoping to make more headlines with his performances when the French Open rolls around.

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