Nick Kyrgios has shared a surprise image of his post surgery state having undergone a procedure on the knee injury which ruled him out of the Australian Open.
The Aussie superstar, who pulled out of the tournament on day one, is now sporting a massive brace on his left leg.
Kyrgios had an arthroscopic procedure to clean up his lateral meniscus and remove a paralabral cyst.
Afterwards he posted: “I’ll be doing everything I can to get back to my best,” he wrote. “To the real ones checking in and sending the vibes … I love you.”
The Aussie star revealed the “brutal” call to withdraw from the Australian Open was required to prolong his career.
The first sign of trouble in the knee started two weeks ago when he was training in Canberra.
First it was just pain before it was decided to have a precautionary MRI. The scan revealed a parameniscal cyst growing in his left meniscus which had resulted from a small tear in his lateral meniscus.
It wasn’t ideal but there was a theory it could be managed. Just before Krygios arrived in Melbourne last week he had a procedure called a fenestration where a syringe was used to drain the cyst.
By this stage the cyst had become noticeable on the side of his knee with pain-killing injections also trialled to see if they could fix the problem.
10:37AM IS DJOKER FAKING IT?
Tennis and Netflix star Taylor Fritz has weighed in on the fake injury furore at the Australian Open revealing some players amp it up while others are more discreet.
The American, who was stunned in the third round of this year’s Australian Open by Aussie battler Alexei Popyrin, said for some players, stretching the severity of an injury can help ease the pressure they feel.
Mentioning no names of course but his comments come after Novak Djokovic played the victim card again following accusations he was over-egging his hamstring injury.
“My opinion that probably nobody cares about…. 80 per cent of players are always dealing w something (severity levels differ) but everyone is honesty always a little banged up,” Fritz wrote on social media.
“The media is only ever focusing on the top guys so there issues get more attention.
“Also some players are more vocal talking about injuries then others. I don’t think people fake injuries, I do think sometimes players stretch the severity of the injury because it depressurizes them and helps them play better (which honestly is fine, do whatever works).
“I don’t think it’s done in a bad sportsmanship kind of way, and before people get defensive, “I’m not talking about anyone in particular this is just what I see as a player, sometimes there r (sic) serious injuries, sometimes there (sic) over exaggerated ones from people 1-500.
“I’m not taking shots at any players so please don’t get defensive.”
Fritz is not the only name in tennis to cast doubt on what is happening.
Straight after being blasted off the court by Djokovic, Alex de Minaur said: “Look, I don’t know. I think everyone’s kind of seeing what’s been happening over the couple weeks. It’s the only thing everyone’s been talking about.
“Today I was out there on court against him. Either I’m not a good enough tennis player to expose that, or… it looked good to me. He was just too good in all aspects.”
9:32AM FORGOTTEN MEN
Perahps the fourth round match we all forgot was happening.
Tommy Paul defeated 24th seed Roberto Bautista Agut to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final and set up an all-American clash at the Australian Open.
The world number 35 outclassed an opponent ranked 10 places higher 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 on Margaret Court Arena in 3hrs 19mins.
He will face fellow unseeded American Ben Shelton for a place in the semi-finals after he beat another American, JJ Wolf, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2.
With Sebastian Korda also through, the United States has the most men in the Melbourne Park final eight since 2000 when Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Chris Woodruff all got that far.
“That was a really physical tough match,” said Paul, who has one career title, on hard courts in Stockholm in 2021.
“Any time you play Bautista it’s going to be a war. I prepared for that match and I thought I executed it really well.
“I felt like I was running a lot though… so that wasn’t a lot of fun, but happy to get through that one.”
8:30AM AUS OPEN WILL IGNORE JAN 26
The Australian Open will be an Australia Day-free zone, with Tennis Australia to ignore Thursday’s public holiday due to “differing views’’ on the date of the national celebration.
The Open organisers have this year gone to great lengths to support social issues and equality, with a three-day “Glam Slam” for LGBTI+ players and a Pride Day this Friday.
A First Nations Day was staged on the first Wednesday of the tournament to celebrate Australia’s Indigenous history, and an All Abilities Day will take place on Tuesday.
Two dedicated days to promote major sponsors Emirates and Kia were also scheduled as part of the tournament.
But nothing has been planned to celebrate Australia Day this week, with Tennis Australia confirming the day would instead focus on celebrating women’s tennis.
7:45AM DJOKER SLAMS FAKE INJURY INSULTS
ovak Djokovic didn’t play like a man suffering from a hamstring complaint as he humiliated Australian Alex de Minaur.
In fact, he ‘felt fantastic’ during the straight sets demolition that lasted barely two hours.
And such was the ruthlessness of the performance, and how free Djokovic looked as he glided across the court, it wasn’t long before sceptics popped up and wondered just how bad that hamstring injury could have been.
During Djokovic’s last appearance at Melbourne Park – in 2021, when he claimed a record ninth Australian Open – the Serbian star revealed he competed with a torn abdominal muscle suffered in the third round, and was hampered by it throughout the second week of the tournament.
But the constant speculation about the severity – and veracity – of his injuries is starting to wear thin with Djokovic, who took time out in the Serbian segment of his post-match press conference hit back.
“I leave the doubting to those people – let them doubt,” he said in Serbian to his country’s media.
“Only my injuries are questioned. When some other players are injured, then they are the victims, but when it is me, I am faking it. It is very interesting… I don’t feel that I need to prove anything to anyone.
“I have got the MRI, ultrasound and everything else, both from two years ago and now. Whether I will publish that in my documentary or on the social media, depends on how I feel. Maybe I will do I it, maybe I won’t.
“I am not really interested at this point what people are thinking and saying.
“It is fun, it is interesting to see how the narrative surrounding me continues, narrative that is different compared to other players that have been going through similar situation. But I am used to it, and it just gives me extra strength and motivation. So I thank them for that.”
6AM: UNTOUCHABLE? HISTORY BECKONS FOR DEMOLITION DJOKER
Alex de Minaur says Novak Djokovic could be untouchable if he reproduces the level of tennis he delivered to oust the Aussie in straight sets on Monday night.
The nine-time Australian Open champion crushed the 22nd-seed Aussie 6-2 6-1 6-2 in a display which put his rivals — including quarter-final opponent Andrey Rublev — on notice.
Rublev said earlier on Monday he expected to be facing Djokovic and his prophecy looked certain to be fulfilled within 15 minutes of the first game of a match the Serbian dominated.
Such was his superiority as he moved one win closer to Andre Agassi’s record of 26 consecutive singles wins at Melbourne Park, de Minaur said Djokovic was bound for a 10th Australian Open.
“I think what I experienced today was probably Novak very close to his best, I would say,” de Minaur said.
“To me, if that’s the level, I think he’s definitely the guy that’s going to take the title.”
Djokovic said post-match that his confidence levels had risen after getting through the de Minaur match unscathed.
And with his body improving and becoming less of a focus, he can start to hone in on his ambition of another Melbourne Park triumph.
De Minaur added he felt like Djokovic could hit winners from anywhere on the court during the three-set blitz.
“He hasn’t done what he’s done in this sport without knowing how to play this level,” he said.
“Look, I knew what to expect. Ultimately you go out there with a plan, you try to execute it. “At times your opponent makes it pretty difficult to execute a plan. I think today that’s what he was doing.
“He was what felt like on another level to mine. I was just trying to hang on there. At the start was very solid, then he loosened up even more and started swinging. It felt like he could hit
winners from every place in the court.”
Originally published as Australian Open Day 9 live scores: Schedule, order of play, highlights, results