Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Swiss Indoors Basel, which was scheduled to take place next week. Kyrgios, 27, was scheduled to make his Basel debut this year.
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On Thursday, Kyrgios also withdrew from the Paris Masters.
By withdrawing from Basel and Paris, Kyrgios gave up the chance to qualify for the ATP Finals. Also, this likely means Kyrgios’ season is over. However, Kyrgios could still play this year as he and Thanasi Kokkinakis will likely make the cut for the ATP Finals doubles event, with Australia qualifying for the Davis Cup Finals.
But knowing Kyrgios and his habits, pulling out of Basel and Paris likely means he’s finishing his season so he can rest and focus on preparing for the 2023 Australian Open.
It has been the best career year for Kyrgios.
After winning the Australian Open men’s doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kyrgios made his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.
Wally Masur, a former captain of the Australian Davis Cup team, felt that winning the Australian Open doubles title gave Kyrgios wings for the rest of the season. “I said to Nick, ‘dude, well done, you’re a Grand Slam champion.’
He sheepishly said, ‘yeah, they’re just doubles.’ Winning that whetted his appetite for more. [After] Covid and a separation for the tour, he was realizing what he had missed. And boy, did he turn it on at Wimbledon.
I was really encouraged by not only the result, but also the way he was playing. We saw all the skill from him, the full repertoire was there,» Masur said. After finishing second at Wimbledon, Kyrgios hoped to go all the way at the US Open.
Unfortunately for Kyrgios, his promising run at the US Open ended with an upset quarter-final loss to Karen Khachanov. Going into the 2023 season, Kyrgios has hinted that her eyes will be on the Australian Open title.