Nick Kyrgios’ camp has seemingly fired a thinly-veiled shot at Lleyton Hewitt following the pair’s war of words, with the world No.22’s manager now chiming in.
Kyrgios was slated to be the headline act for Australia at the United Cup before he withdrew from the tournament to continue rehabbing an ankle injury ahead of the Australian Open.
The 27-year-old’s withdrawal from the team tournament was perceived by some to be a lack of interest in representing his country, and Hewitt lashed Kyrgios for a lack of communication, before Kyrgios himself returned serve on social media.
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Kyrgios was slated to play in a lead-up tournament in Adelaide ahead of the Australian Open, but has since withdrawn, with his manager, Daniel Horsfall, firing a shot at those who doubted that his client was injured in the first place.
“We are very excited and working every day to make sure we’re ready for the Australian Open,” Horsfall told The Age.
“A lot of people were upset after he pulled out of the United Cup, but I hope they now realise the injury is genuine. I wish more people would ask questions before putting in their two cents.”
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Kyrgios is currently ranked No.22 in the men’s rankings and will enter the Australian Open as a seeded player after a career-best 2022 season.
Horsfall’s comments come after Kyrgios himself opened up about the injury he is dealing with.
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”Anyone who plays professionally knows, for sure,” Kyrgios told the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age last week when asked if people understood what it took to prepare for a grand slam.
“Anyone outside of that wouldn’t have a great understanding.
“Going deep or not, winning a match at a grand slam level is not an easy task.
“People underestimate the pressure and the nerves with being a part of one of the biggest tournaments of the year.
“Throw in an injury and knowing you didn’t give yourself the best chance only adds to the mountain of pressure you face.
“So feeling good physically is important.”
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