COVID-positive Kyrgios in doubt for Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios’ Australian Open campaign is in major doubt after he returned a positive COVID test.

Kyrgios was spotted training in Sydney on Monday but was a late withdrawal from the Sydney Tennis Classic.

The 26-year-old revealed on social media soon after that he received a positive COVID test.

“Hey everyone, I just want to be open and transparent with everyone,” Kyrgios wrote on an Instagram story.

“The reason I have had to pull out of Sydney is because I tested positive for COVID. I am feeling healthy at the moment with no symptoms.

“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.”

Kyrgios missed last week’s Melbourne Summer Set as he battled asthma, but was set to play Fabio Fognini at Ken Rosewall Arena on Monday night.

Less than two hours before he was set to face the colourful Italian star, Kyrgios’ withdrawal was announced via the tournament’s entry list.

Whether he can take part in his home grand slam is now a significant query.

In NSW, positive cases have to isolate for seven days.

Given he only tested positive on Monday, Kyrgios could technically emerge from isolation and be cleared to play a first-round match on Tuesday, should the draw allow for that scenario.

Tennis Australia and Kyrgios’ management have been contacted for comment.

If Kyrgios doesn’t play at Melbourne Park, it will be a significant blow. His world ranking may have fallen to 114 but he remains one of the sports genuine drawcards.

Meanwhile, Kyrgios’ compatriot Jordan Thompson started his Sydney Tennis Classic in style with a 6-4, 6-2 win against American Marcos Giron.

Thompson was broken in his first service game but fought back to level the score at 3-all in front of a quiet Ken Rosewall Arena.

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Sydney Tennis Classic.Credit:Getty

The Australian No. 4 then applied pressure to his higher-ranked opponent as the American served to force additional games in the set. Thompson earned the break which clinched the first 6-4.

Giron lost his cool soon after conceding a break to start the second set, and Thompson did not look like relinquishing his advantage.

He forced two match points on Giron’s serve when leading 5-2, and sealed the deal on his second opportunity.

Thompson will face another American, Reilly Opelka, in the second round.

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