Nick Kyrgios bitten by spider and goes to hospital — but will still play in the Brisbane International
Nick Kyrgios is still hoping to defend his Brisbane International 2018 title. (AAP: Dave Hunt, file)
Nick Kyrgios is set to fly into Queensland to prepare for his Brisbane International title defence after spending Christmas in hospital nursing a spider bite.
- Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has not played since October due to a recurring elbow injury
- He is looking to return at the Brisbane International, the tournament he won in January this year
- Kyrgios is still coming to Brisbane, despite spending time in hospital over Christmas thanks to a spider bite
Organisers said Kyrgios, 23, was on track to arrive in Brisbane on Friday after the tennis star revealed on social media he had a far from festive time during the holidays.
World number 35 Kyrgios had to be treated in a Canberra hospital over Christmas after being bitten on the foot.
“Got a spider bite on my foot. Christmas different every year,” Kyrgios posted on Instagram.
Kyrgios also added a picture of him with an intravenous drip with the caption: “This spider bite outta control.”
Organisers were confident the hospital visit would not derail Kyrgios’ preparations, saying his Brisbane International plans were still in place.
Kyrgios is the eighth seed at the Brisbane International, which starts on Sunday.
He is hoping to bounce back in 2019 after his ranking slipped from world number 21 to 35.
Kyrgios began the year in style by claiming the Brisbane crown in January — his fourth career title — when he defeated American Ryan Harrison in the final.
However, it was his only tournament triumph in 2018.
He entered 16 events but after his Brisbane win only advanced past the round of 16 four times — none at a grand slam.
His frustrating season ended abruptly in October due to a recurring elbow injury, forcing his withdrawal from Moscow’s Kremlin Cup.