Australian Open 2023 | ‘Learned our lesson’: Costeen Hatzi opens up on that scooter Nick Kyrgios photo
Nick Kyrgios was “devastated” to miss the Australian Open, his partner Costeen Hatzi said.
The top-seeded Aussies was forced to pull out of his home grand slam on Monday after failing to overcome a knee injury that earlier ruled him out of the United Cup.
The Aussie was seeded No.19 and was set to take on Roman Safiullin on Tuesday.
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Kyrgios would later share a photo to Instagram of the fluid that was taken from his knee before deciding to withdraw.
Kyrgios’ physiotherapist explained they had used that exhibition match to test out a knee issue, and on Monday it was decided the superstar was not fit enough to attempt to win seven straight matches required to win the Open.
Speaking on TODAY, Hatzi said it was a “tough decision” to withdraw, but “his health comes first”.
“He’s OK – he’s just looking after his health at the moment – health does come first,” she said.
“I’m pretty devastated that he’s out of the tournament, but he’ll be back in no time.”
Hatzi said Kyrgios was aiming to make a return for Indian Wells in March.
“He loves representing Australia … it was a tough decision. He tried to give himself the best chance to make the right decision, but unfortunately his knee just … It wasn’t 100 per cent and he couldn’t perform to the best of his ability,” she said.
The 22-year-old she said she believed Kyrgios’ happiness within their relationship was helping his on-court performances.
“When we’re together we’re just happy, (and) I think that kind of transcends on to the court,” she said.
“Being happy, he just performs better.”
Just hours before Kyrgios announced his withdrawal from the Australian Open, the pair found themselves in hot water after being photographed riding an eScooter through the streets of Melbourne.
“We were going really slow – we should have had our helmets on,” she said.
“You can’t go fast on those scooters … we’ve learned our lesson.”
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