Nick Kyrgios stated that it was “heartbreaking” for him to withdraw from the Japan Open, and he admitted that he did not want to push his knee any further.
The Australian was on the hunt for a new title but made a decision to withdraw only minutes before his match versus the player who eventually won the title, American Taylor Fritz, in Friday’s quarter-finals.
This also meant that he had to abandon the doubles semi-finals with his fellow Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis, which put to an end a very successful week in which Nick looked ready to add yet another title to his collection.
Kyrgios instead flew off to Australia to rest his vulnerable knee, with which he already had issues. He also stated that he believes that pulling out of the Japan Open will provide him with a longer push at the end of the season.
Aussie plans to play at the ATP 500 Basel Open at the end of October and also plans to compete for one of the season’s big prizes the following week at the Paris Masters in Bercy.