After the Rotterdam ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament released the big news yesterday of Roger Federer’s return to tennis, revealing the 20-time Grand Slam champion‘s aspirations and commitment to climb back to the tennis summit, seemingly nothing could spoil the Dutch party. Today, however, it seems the Dutch 500 ATP tournament suffered a hangover from the festivities inherent with Federer’s arrival as Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the event due to his persistent shoulder injury.
Just last week during the Davis Cup tie between Australia and Germany the flamboyant enfant terrible of tennis took two medical time-outs to get shoulder treatment in his match against world no.5 Alexander Zverev. The young Australian looked annoyed with proceedings as he got beaten in straight sets by his fellow next-gen star. As it is apparent now, the world no. 14’s injury woes are still troubling enough for Kyrgios not to be on a flight to the famous harbor city of Rotterdam.
It is clear that, even though Kyrgios is physically hampered from playing his explosive playing style, the love between the Rotterdam tournament and Kyrgios is not a mutual one. Just at the tail end of 2016 Kyrgios notified tournament director Richard Krajicek he’d rather participate in the NBA All Star Celebrity Game than playing the event in the Netherlands.
It was a controversial decision that earned the Australian tennis star a huge amount of backlash within the tennis community.
Richard Krajicek recalls the interaction with Kyrgios vividly:
“He’s a big fan of the NBA and the chance to be on the field with Michael Jordan was a unique experience for him. We could have hold him to his promise but we thought it wouldn’t get us a whole lot if we forced him to play when he’s not 100 percent motivated.”
With the headlines still buzzing around Federer’s chase for the coveted world no.1 spot it umistakingly remains a letdown for the tournament. That being said, with a line-up as strong as it has been in years featuring the likes of David Goffin, defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Alexander Zverev, Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka and now Roger Federer as a late wildcard entry one can claim the tournament can take one big loss.
That doesn’t discard the fact tournaments that follow Grand Slam tournaments often fall victim to many players opting out last-minute.
One thing is certain: Federer’s quest for the world no.1 spot just got that little bit more likely as on his march towards the required semi-final stage of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament the Swiss legend will see no possible match-up with the always dangerous Nick Kyrgios.
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