Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the French Open due to a foot injury sustained during a car theft incident, according to his agent.
The Australian’s mother was reportedly held at gunpoint near their home in Canberra, Australia and his car was stolen earlier this month. A suspect was arrested soon after the robbery.
Daniel Horsfall clarified that the player injured his foot amidst the chaotic circumstances of the robbery.
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He told Reuters: “During the incident on May 1, they had the armed robbery at the house. With all the stuff that was going on, Nick lacerated the side of his left foot. We don’t know how.
“Basically, it’s just set him back about two-and-a-half weeks in terms of his loading schedule to get back on court for what we thought was going to be the Grand Slam.”
While the exact details surrounding the foot injury remain unclear to Kyrgios and his team, Horsfall suggested that the player may have hurt himself while rushing through his residence upon hearing his mother in distress.
The laceration, located on the left side of his foot, has impeded Kyrgios from engaging in on-court training and affected his ability to wear shoes comfortably.
“He couldn’t slide, couldn’t get on court because every time he put a shoe on, it moved and it would re-open,” Horsfall explained.
However, Horsfall reassured that Kyrgios’s knee, which had been a previous concern, is in excellent condition following successful surgery.
He said: “His knee, as far as we’re concerned, is actually in fantastic shape, the surgery went well.
“His fitness is at a fantastic level. It was just when we got to the last point of that rehab, the on-court loading, this freak accident happened.”
The focus now lies on Kyrgios’ foot injury, which is nearly healed, enabling him to gradually increase his training hours on the court. The aim is for Kyrgios to make a comeback during the grass season.
The Australian underwent an operation on his knee at the start of 2023 which saw him miss this year’s Australian Open.
“Currently taking it day by day with my knee and building up load… trying to get back to where I was,” Kyrgios stated earlier in the year.
At the time of the surgery, Horsfall said: “The surgery was a great success. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome of it. Now we will be pushing ahead for a speedy recovery.”
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