Advertisement

Nick Kyrgios confirms 'heartbreaking' news about Australian Open on new OnlyFans page

The Aussie tennis star has announced the news we were all expecting after an injury-ravaged 12 months.

Nick Kyrgios alongside Novak Djokovic at the 2023 Australian Open. Image: Getty
Nick Kyrgios alongside Novak Djokovic at the 2023 Australian Open. Image: Getty

Nick Kyrgios has used his new OnlyFans platform to make the sad announcement that he won't be competing at the Australian Open in January. Just 24 hours after revealing he'd started a fan page on the subscription website, the Aussie star used the new platform to drop a bombshell on Saturday.

“Hey guys, Nick Kyrgios here, obviously had a really tough year with injury, had that knee surgery and came back a little too soon (which) set me back a little bit, obviously had some wrist issues,” he said. “So this is a very disappointing time for me but yeah I won’t be able to compete at the 2024 Australian Open.

NOT GOOD: Emma Raducanu's massive setback in bid to play Aus Open

SAD: Nick Kyrgios' staggering revelation about Shane Warne letter

“Obviously heartbreaking, I’ve had so many amazing memories there and I just want to really get back to playing at the top of my game and doing it right and I need a little more time. I was so close to winning a grand slam, I want to make sure that my body is going to have the time it needs to come back so please bear with me."

Kyrgios said he will still be at Melbourne Park to do some commentating. “Even though I won’t be there competing this year at the AO, I still will be around, commentating matches, being around, I’ve got some special things planned, so please be excited still," he said. “You know I’ll be there and hopefully see all the fans, I’ll see you there.”

Nick Kyrgios, pictured here at the Australian Open in 2022.
Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open in 2022. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Tennis world reacts to Nick Kyrgios' Australian Open withdrawal

Kyrgios' participation at his home grand slam has been in extreme doubt for a number of weeks. He only managed to play one match at ATP level this year after withdrawing from the 2023 Australian Open and undergoing knee surgery.

He attempted to make a comeback at Wimbledon but suffered a wrist injury in the lead-up, and hasn't played since. The frustrating year on the sidelines comes after Kyrgios enjoyed a break-out season in 2022, making the final at Wimbledon and winning the Australian Open doubles title.

Speaking last week, Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley said Kyrgios would be at the Australian Open "in some form". That offered a clue that the former top-20 player would be commentating rather than playing.

The 27-year-old also wasn't on the official entry list for the Australian Open when it was released on Wednesday, further fuelling the theory that he wouldn't be playing. While there remained a chance he cold be granted a wildcard, many pointed out that he simply could have used his protected ranking to gain automatic entry if he was intending to play.

World No.12 Alex de Minaur will lead the Australian men's charge at Melbourne Park in Kyrgios' absence. Alexei Popyrin, Max Purcell, Jordan Thompson, Aleksandar Vukic, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Christoper O'Connell and Rinky Hijikata are all in the main draw entry list.

Kyrgios made his commentary debut during the ATP Finals last month and impressed fans with his insight. But many have been left saddened over the news they won't be seeing him on the court at the Australian Open.

Sign up to our newsletter and score the biggest sport stories of the week.

Yahoo Australia