According to his agent, Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios will not be participating in the French Open due to a foot injury sustained during a car theft. This information was confirmed to CNN Sport on Thursday.
Per Daniel Horsfall, Kyrgios, who was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year, injured himself during the “high-adrenaline rush” of a robbery in Canberra earlier this month.
According to Reuters, authorities stated that Kyrgios’ mother was threatened with a gun and his Tesla was taken during an incident near his home in the capital city of Australia.
“On May 1, an armed robbery occurred at the residence. Amidst the chaos, Nick sustained a laceration on the side of his left foot. The cause is unknown,” stated Horsfall.
“In essence, his return to the court has been delayed by approximately two and a half weeks due to adjustments in his training schedule. We had initially anticipated his comeback to coincide with the grand slam event.”
When CNN reached out to Canberra police, they directed them to a statement released on May 1st stating that a 32-year-old man had been taken into custody for reportedly stealing a vehicle from a home in the suburb of Watson.
The report stated that the male individual had used a weapon to intimidate a female at the house and demanded the car keys to a Tesla parked there.
According to the police, the man was accused of committing aggravated robbery and multiple traffic offenses, including driving a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, and failing to comply with police orders.
Kyrgios last competed in October at the Tokyo tournament. Due to a knee surgery at the beginning of the year, he was unable to return until the French Open.
According to Horsfall, the 28-year-old sustained a cut on his foot during the robbery, making practice challenging.
According to Horsfall, he was unable to slide or play on the court due to his shoe constantly moving and causing the injury to re-open.
His knee is in great condition according to our observations, and the surgery was successful.
“He is in excellent physical condition. Unfortunately, during the final stage of his rehabilitation when he was practicing on the court, he experienced an unexpected accident.”
Horsfall states that Kyrgios intends to resume playing on the tour in Stuttgart, Germany at the start of June.
“The past month has been difficult for the family,” he informed CNN. “Not only for Nick and his mother Nill, but also for his sister Hali and her partner Costeen, who was present during the robbery.”
The start date for the French Open is May 22 and it will end on June 11. The organizers of the tournament have confirmed that Kyrgios will not be participating, but they have not provided any additional details.