28-year-old tennis star Nick Kyrgios recently announced that he will miss his home slam, the Australian Open for the second straight year. Fans have not seen Kyrgios play Down Under since he won the 2022 men’s doubles title with friend and fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Kyrgios’s best result in singles at the Grand Slams was as a 2022 Wimbledon finalist. For years, fans have waited for Kyrgios to achieve these results in the big tournaments, and as he was starting to do so, injuries crept in.
Knee and wrist injuries, however, have caused him to take prolonged breaks from the game.
What Nick Kyrgios is doing instead of the Australian Open
Kyrgios is using the time away from tennis to do other things, some are related to tennis, and some are not. He was a guest commentator on the Tennis Channel during the ATP Finals and was very well-spoken and offered great insight.
He also recently launched an OnlyFans page to show fans his “intimate side.” OnlyFans, introduced in 2016, is a platform requiring users to pay a subscription. OnlyFans is where Kyrgios made the announcement that he was not playing the 2024 AO.
Kyrgios has publicly spoken of his support for Naomi Osaka who is rejoining the WTA Tour after being out all of 2023 on maternity leave. He practiced with her in Los Angeles recently. They spent time on the tennis and basketball courts together as both are Los Angeles Lakers fans.
With young stars like Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner at 20 and 21 years old respectively and the ageless Novak Djokovic continuing to dominate the men’s game at 36, the talented Kyrgios could be running out of time to win that elusive singles Grand Slam title. At home in Australia would be an ideal place for it to happen, but that is not to be in 2024.
Hopefully, Kyrgios can play in Melbourne in 2025. If not, he could have alternate career paths that could lead him into broadcasting or coaching.