Fans have been left outraged over Nick Kyrgios’ decision to play his doubles clash with Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Atlanta Open, only 24 hours after pulling out of his singles match against Peter Gojowczyk minutes before he was set to play.
Kyrgios addressed the crowd of tennis fans directly, explaining that he was “extremely shattered that I’m not able to compete tonight”.
“I’ve won this tournament once and am probably playing some of the best tennis of my career and all I wanted to do was come out here and give you guys a show,” he said.
“I’m not able to give out my best performance and I’m extremely sorry and I’m going to keep my hopes up that I may be able to continue doubles with Thanasi (Kokkinakis).
“I hope you won’t be too hard on me … I love you guys and hopefully next year I will be able to compete and give it my all.”
Unfortunately our 2016 champ Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the singles draw. He hopes to continue in doubles.
— Atlanta Open ???? (@ATLOpenTennis) July 27, 2022
Despite saying Kyrgios saying he hoped to continue playing in the doubles tournament, fans were shocked when a photo of the athlete showed him walking out for the match.
Rule change needed. A player who withdraws from singles citing injury cannot play doubles.
— Betty Scott ???? (@Betty_A_Scott) July 28, 2022
Wait, so Kyrgios isn’t fit enough to play singles, but is okay to play doubles? WTF???
— Lew Klein (@lewpy) July 28, 2022
I thought Nick was injured.?.?. Did he recover overnight?
— Julie Moore (@JulieMo05090387) July 28, 2022
This is a very bad look for Nick and what is really sad is that Nick does not care????
Cannot speak for everyone else but all signs indicate sell Nick Krygios Stock ????
— dc0531 (@dougwc1) July 28, 2022
What injury does Kyrgios have? He just served four aces in a row haha. #AtlantaOpen
— John Dean (@JohnDean_) July 28, 2022
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis advanced to the semi-finals with their win of 6-4 7-6 (3).
Kyrgios recently missed out on winning his first grand slam title after losing to Novak Djokovic in four sets during the Wimbledon men’s final at Centre Court on Sunday, July 10.
Following his loss, an exhausted Kyrgios was in awe at the level of play Djokovic exhibited during the match.
“He’s a bit of a God,” Kyrgios said.
“I’m not going to lie, I thought I played well.”