Kyrgios withdraws from Melbourne Summer Set due to asthma

Nick Kyrgios’ Australian Open preparation has hit a hurdle at the first possible opportunity, after he withdrew from the Melbourne Summer Set due to asthma.

Kyrgios was set to begin his season against Alex Molcan on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday night, but withdrew about six hours before he was due on court.

The withdrawal leaves Kyrgios with just one lead-up tournament – the Sydney Tennis Classic – before he begins his Australian Open campaign. The 26-year-old has not played since the Laver Cup in late September.

He has spent the last three months recovering from a knee injury and spending time with family and friends in Canberra.

While only playing one lead-up tournament in three months before a grand slam may concern some players, Kyrgios took a similar approach before Wimbledon last year.

Nick Kyrgios.Credit:AP

He was forced to withdraw in the third round at the All England Club after taking the first set from rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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