Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Sydney Tennis Classic after testing positive for COVID-19

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Nick Kyrgios is in huge doubt for the Australian Open after contracting COVID-19 just a week out from the season-opening major.

Kyrgios pulled out of the Sydney Tennis Classic on Monday just hours before his match against Italian firebrand Fabio Fognini.

The 26-year-old withdrew from the Melbourne Summer Set last week with a mystery illness that sparked his asthma.

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The world number 114 was cleared of COVID-19 at the time, but on Monday confirmed he had contracted the virus.

The Australian Open begins on January 17, giving him just a week to recover and be cleared to return.

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If Kyrgios does feature at the Australian Open, he will do so without having played competitively since September.

“I just want to be open and transparent with everyone, the reason I have had to pull out of Sydney is because I tested positive for COVID,” Kyrgios said on Instagram.

“I wish everyone all the best and to stay safe where you can. If all goes well I will see you all at the Australian Open.”

AAP



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