Kyrgios battling to be fit for Australian Open


Nick Kyrgios hopes a couple of days rest will help get rid of a persistent knee injury as the Australian Open draws near.

Despite his inconsistent form, Kyrgios is one of the most talked about players on the ATP Tour and organisers of the first grand slam will be keen for their home star to play.

The grand slam in Melbourne would be the 21-year-old's first competitive appearance following his eight tournament week ban for tanking during the Shanghai Masters in October.

His participation is in doubt, though, after a niggling injury hampered his play at the Hopman Cup - an exhibition event - and left him needing an MRI scan to assess the severity of the problem. 

"It's not terrible, but it's not great," he said. "I just need to rest now and a couple of days without the load and I should be back to normal.

"I'm not the type of guy who needs plenty of matches before a grand slam. I played two really good games here and obviously the knee was getting worse every day.

"I've got four days now to go home, see my physio, ice it and rest it and that is ample time for it to settle down."

The 2017 Australian Open gets underway on January 16, with the man draw being released three days earlier.