Nick Kyrgios reveals devastating personal news after French Open withdrawal
Nick Kyrgios has suffered another devastating blow in a difficult few days for the Aussie tennis star.
Nick Kyrgios has been dealt another devastating blow after being forced to withdraw from the French Open, with the Aussie tennis star revealing his grandmother has passed away. The 28-year-old - who only just revealed that he's had to pull out of the Roland Garros grand slam - took to social media to confirm his family's heartbreaking news.
“Seems like I can’t catch a break right now,” he wrote. “RIP Yiayia, the best we could ask for. Go enjoy your time with Papou now.”
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Kyrgios accompanied the sad post with a series of photos of his late 'Yiayia' - which is the Greek word for grandmother. One of the photos shows Kyrgios and his brother Christos posing alongside his late grandma, while another image shows her proudly holding up a Greek newspaper showing the tennis star's Australian Open doubles triumph with Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Kyrgios' brother Christos wrote about his late Yiayia: “She will look over us always. Remembering her and her strength”. The tennis star's girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi, added: “Yiayia will always be looking over you,” with Kokkinakis also adding his support.
Kyrgios' heartbreaking news prompted an outpouring of support for the 28-year-old. German tennis great Boris Becker and Aussie PR icon Roxy Jacenko were among those to send their condolences.
Nick Kyrgios dealt another setback
The news comes amid a difficult week for Kyrgios, whose persistent knee problems saw him officially pull out of the French Open. The 28-year-old has been in recovery since undergoing surgery on the knee problem that saw him miss the Australian Open at the start of the year.
Kyrgios has not played the French Open since 2017 but had planned to make his long-awaited return at Roland Garros this year after revealing his girlfriend's desire to go to Paris. Despite announcing he will miss the French Open, Kyrgios is reportedly on course to play at Wimbledon, where he reached his maiden grand slam final last year.
The 28-year-old, who is yet to play a match this year, could make his return in Stuttgart beginning on June 12. Kyrgios last played an official tournament in October and underwent surgery in January.
It's still unclear whether defending champion Rafael Nadal will compete in Paris following a hip injury he suffered at the Australian Open. Nadal has already missed the whole clay court season and will not play any warm-up matches, having pulled out of this week's Italian Open.
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