‘I’m sorry’: Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Wimbledon build-up event due to neck pain
Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from next week’s Queen’s Club Championships grass court event due to neck pain, which casts doubt on the Australian’s entry into Wimbledon later this month.
Kyrgios, who last played at the Australian Open in February, would make his return for the grass court season after skipping the entire clay court race.
“My tennis family, I am sorry that my return has been delayed as I am currently experiencing some uncomfortable pain in my neck,” the 26-year-old wrote on Instagram.
Another blow: Tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios pulled out of Wimbledon build-up event due to neck pain
“I’m trying to get on top of it, but since I can’t serve 100%, I only return when I feel I can fully influence the tour.”
Kyrgios reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2014 after the Australian, then ranked 144th, defeated world No. 1 Rafa Nadal.
He has been replaced by Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at the Queen’s Club Championships, which kick off in London on June 14, two weeks before the Wimbledon Grand Slam on June 28 and July 11.
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Kyrgios will also join the cast of the upcoming season of Australian Ninja Warrior.
Kyrgios, who last played at the Australian Open in February, would make his return for the grassfield season after skipping the entire clay court game.
He joins hosts Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham and Shane Crawford as a commentator on the sidelines.
A promo video for the Channel 9 game show showed Nick commenting.
Kyrgios was portrayed as ‘Australia’s most exciting tennis superstar’, the trailer began, featuring on-court footage of the world’s 56th-ranked men’s player.
“Now Nick Kyrgios joins the amazing new team at the Ninja of Australia,” said the voiceover, who showed the Canberran alongside co-stars Fordham, Maddern and Crawford.
Kyrgios and Crawford appear to be sharing side jobs this year, after the former AFL star took over from former cricketer Freddie Flintoff.
Surprising Appearance: Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Kyrgios will also join the cast of the upcoming season of Australian Ninja Warrior
The course was teased as the toughest of all time with obstacles, now including underwater challenges to conquer Mt Midoriyama.
In the teaser, it also looked like competitors would go head to head in challenges as well.
Stars of the series Jack ‘Deadly Ninja’ Wilson and Ashlin ‘Flashlin’ Herbert race against each other on the track. Olivia Vivian will also return.
The Australian Ninja Warrior premieres on Nine on Sunday, June 20 at 7 p.m.
Better half: Kyrios is pictured with his on/off girlfriend Chiara Passari