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04th Jul 2023

Nick Kyrgios told ‘don’t come back’ to Wimbledon

Callum Boyle

Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios withdrew from the tournament at the eleventh hour

Nick Kyrgios has been told not to return to Wimbledon following his last-minute withdrawal.

Kyrgios announced that he was no longer competing in the Grand Slam the day before his first round match against Belgian David Goffin, saying that a wrist injury was the reason behind his sudden withdrawal.

“I’m really sad to say that I have to withdraw from Wimbledon this year,” the Australian said on Instagram.

“During my comeback, I experienced some pain in my wrist during Mallorca. As a precaution, I had it scanned and it came back showing a torn ligament in my wrist.

“I tried everything to be able to play and I am disappointed to say that I just didn’t have enough time to manage it before Wimbledon.

“I’ll be back and as always, I appreciate the support from all my fans.”

Despite his apologies, many have criticised the 28-year-old for his late departure including popular tennis commentator Chris Goldsmith, who told the 28-year-old not to bother returning.

“Nick Kyrgios. Pulls out of Wimbledon at the last minute. Pulls out of Mallorca 1 week ago. Pulls out of Halle 2 weeks ago. Struggles in Stuttgart. Not played since Tokyo 2022,” he tweeted.

“Anyone shocked? Not really. Said earlier tennis is a job and not fussed about coming back.”

He added: “Those that say Nick Kyrgios is good for tennis are wrong. No integrity whatsoever. Pulls out of singles and doubles a few hours before tournament.

“Another ALT [lucky loser] into Qualifying missed a place, all because he likes to mess about. Don’t come back to SW19.”

The Australian is yet to respond to the comments so far.

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