Nick Kyrgios is, to say the least, a player who causes division within the tennis world. This season, the enfant terrible asserted itself with inappropriate statements and even more inappropriate behavior. He also starts the new season on a false note, with a remarkable cancellation for the United Cup, notably in his own country. The 27-year-old Australian has canceled at the last minute for the United Cup, the new prestigious tennis competition for country teams in Australia, where both the best men and the best women compete. This surprising withdrawal has provoked mixed reactions.
His timing in particular raised eyebrows. Normally Kyrgios would take on Cameron Norrie at 9 a.m. Dutch time on Thursday morning, but a line can now be drawn under that fascinating confrontation. Kyrgios made the decision barely one hour before the press conference of the Australian team. Alex De Minaur will replace him.
Lucrative for Kyrgios
Kyrgios is said to have sustained an ankle injury during the exhibition match of the World Tennis League in Dubai last week. The injury was not serious, but Kyrgios has now withdrawn from the United Cup as a precaution. At least, that is what sounds from the Australian’s camp. However, Kyrgios does not have its status in terms of credibility. It is already the second time in a short time that the current number 22 in the world misses an important country competition. Earlier this month, Kyrgios also dropped the Davis Cup to play a lucrative tournament in Saudi Arabia and collect the necessary dollars.
Enjoy the holiday
Australia team captain Samantha Stosur revealed she had not spoken to Kyrgios since the decision was announced. “We literally found out 10 minutes ago, so it’s news to all of us,” Stosur said. “But we just keep going. We are all happy to be here and want to score. He can enjoy a well-deserved holiday”, she sneered indirectly at her compatriot. Still, she’s not worried. “As far as the men are concerned, we are still in good hands. I’m not worried that our chances have just been greatly diminished or anything like that.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who himself plays for the Greek team, has already responded to the striking cancellation. “I am anything but surprised. I hope he enjoys his holiday!”, the Greek clearly does not believe the Australian’s injury. It is common knowledge that the Greek number 1 can’t stand Kyrgios. In the past, he accused the Wimbledon finalist of being a bully, among other things. The United Cup will start on Thursday December 29, the final will take place on January 8.