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Nick Kyrgios aims for Indian Wells return after surgery | ATP Tour

Nick Kyrgios plans to return to ATP Tour action at March’s BNP Paribas Open after his manager Daniel Horsfall confirmed a positive outcome of the Australian star’s knee surgery.

“The operation was a great success,” Horsfall told Australian newspapers The Herald and The Age after Kyrgios had surgery on Monday to repair a small tear in his left lateral meniscus. “We couldn’t have been happier with the outcome of it. Now we will push forward for a speedy recovery and aim to see everyone at Indian Wells.”

The injury forced Kyrgios’ withdrawal from Team Australia’s initial United Cup lineup in late December. The 27-year-old subsequently also missed the 2023 Australian Open, where the home favorite was considered a strong title prospect in the singles and would have defended his men’s doubles crown in 2022 alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis.

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Kyrgios enjoyed the best season of his career in 2022, posting a 37-10 match record, reaching his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon and lifting his seventh ATP Tour title in Washington. He will hope that a quick recovery will allow him to regain that form at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, which will be held from 8-19. March, where he is twice a quarter-finalist.

“For now, Mumma K (Nick’s mother, Nill Kyrgios) will have her work cut out for her to have everyone around the home for a while,” added Horsfall light-heartedly. “Nick will stay back in Canberra. His plan is to eat delicious food and play a lot of Pokémon.

“But more seriously, Will (physio Will Maher) and NK will be in the gym still working on the rest of his body to make sure he stays fit and healthy in the meantime.”

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