Nick Kyrgios retires just minutes before the Japan Open quarterfinals

Nick Kyrgios was forced to withdraw from the Japan Open just before the quarterfinals against Taylor Fritz.

The Australian, the 2016 champion in Tokyo, has been struggling with an ongoing knee problem. He defeated Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak to set up the round of 16 against Fritz.

Kyrgios has also withdrawn from doubles at the Ariake Coliseum after reaching the semifinals with compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis.

“This is of course very disappointing,” said Kyrgios. “It’s one of my favorite tournaments. I have great memories here… It’s heartbreaking but I will be here next year. That’s for sure.

“I’ve played fantastic tennis all year and actually struggled with a small knee problem during the US Open period. I returned home and probably didn’t take enough time to be honest. I went straight back to training.”

Fritz meets Denis Shapovalov after the Canadian’s win over Borna Coric in the semifinals.

Kyrgios was also forced out of the Atlanta Open in August because of a knee injury.

The 27-year-old has had a productive 2022, winning his first major crown in men’s doubles at the Australian Open alongside Kokkinakis before reaching his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon.

The world No. 20 admitted during the Japan Open that he found singles matches “stressful as hell” and credited his partnership with Kokkinakis with helping him enjoy tennis.

“Tennis is stressful as hell in singles, you try to hold yourself accountable every time,” explained Kyrgios.

“You could be out here for three hours and it’s exhausting and so serious. The double play with Thanasi brings back that fun element.

“But at the same time, it’s my job. I have to make money and that’s how I do it, so I play both events.” Nick Kyrgios retires just minutes before the Japan Open quarterfinals

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