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Nick Kyrgios Contracts Covid19 Before Australian Open, Twitter Finds the Funny Side of Player’s Situation
- Nick Kyrgios could miss out on playing in the Australian Open tournament after he tested positive for Covid19
- Social media poked fun at Nick Kyrgios after he tested positive with some asking that he now hug Djokovic
- Kyrgios and Djokovic are bitter rivals but Kyrgios recently came out to defend Novak during his deportation
Nick Kyrgios could miss his home tennis tournament the Australian Open after the star tested positive for Covid19.
Kyrgios was forced to pull out of the Sydney Tennis Classic and his participation in the Open remains a doubt. The Australian player's best finish at the Open came in 2015 when he made the quarter-finals.
Kyrgios will have to self isolate for seven days in Sydney and could play in the tournament if his first-round match is scheduled for Monday night or Tuesday, the BBC reported.
Kyrgios and Djokovic are bitter rivals but that didn't stop the Australian from defending Djokovic during his recent deportation. Kyrgios said he was 'embarrassed' by his country's treatment of the world number one, ESPN reported. A year earlier, Kyrgios had been criticising the world number one for his views on the Covid19 pandemic.
Following the announcement that Kyrgios had tested positive, social media couldn't help but poke fun at the irony of the situation.
"Oh thank God!! I don't want him to be sick! But it means we won't have to listen to the media talking about his big chance of winning the tournament when he'd have as much chance as me and I'm not in the draw!"
"Well, Nick Kyrgios did mention that if Djokovic ends up playing in the Australian Open, he wouldn't want to be in his path!!!!"
"But he might have a medical exemption."
"Lets continue with Nix after Novax saga shall we.Face with tears of joy"
"He showed Novak Novax Djokovic some sympathy and bam, he got Covid."
Naomi Osaka withdraws from Melbourne tennis tournament, Australian Open participation remains in doubt
In other tennis news defending Australian Open women's champion, Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the Melbourne Summer Set due to injury has left many wondering if she will be fit in time to defend her title.
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The Melbourne Summer Set is a warm-up tournament for the Australian Open which sets to take place from 17 January 2022, Sports Brief reported. Osaka had made it to the semi-finals of the Melbourne Summer Set before withdrawing due to an abdominal injury, the Australian Open confirmed on Twitter.
She was due to face Veronika Kudermetova from Russia in the semi-final, IOL confirmed. Osaka returned to tennis action after four months away and was competing in the tournament to prepare herself for her defence of the Australian Open title.