Tennis fans won’t see Nick Kyrgios suit up for Team World at this year’s Laver Cup after he announced his decision to withdraw from the tournament. It was hoped the Australian would go up against a dream team comprising the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
Kyrgios consistently draws major crowds thanks in large part to his fiery personality but underlined his talent with a maiden major final in July. The Wimbledon runner-up will instead enjoy some deserved time with his family after a rigourous 2022 season thus far.
“No Laver Cup for me this year,” wrote Kyrgios via his Instagram story. “Just letting you all know. Gotta have that home time with my family and beautiful girlfriend.”
Despite excelling in London just last month, Kyrgios will forgo the opportunity for a swift return to England’s capital. This will be the first time the Canberran has missed out on the tournament, having featured in all four editions to date following the inaugural contest in 2017.
The 2022 Laver Cup is pencilled in as the site of Federer’s much-anticipated return to the sport, having not played competitively since he was injured at Wimbledon in 2021. The Swiss superstar, 40, underwent knee surgery following that blow and has endured a long road to recovery.
He’s hoping to help Team Europe maintain their 100-percent record in the Laver Cup. Swedish legend Bjorn Borg will captain the team in a non-playing capacity, while John McEnroe will lead Team World.
Tournament organisers announced American Jack Sock as the fourth addition to Team World on Tuesday. He joins countryman Taylor Fritz, Argentina’s Diego Schwartzmann and Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in attempting to dethrone the hosts.
Kyrgios’ contribution could have been substantial in London given the dearth in pedigree between Team Europe and their guests. The Laver Cup is due to get underway at the O2 Arena on September 23, with each outfit still yet to confirm their last two members.