Nick Kyrgios has been heavily criticised on Seven Network’s Sunrise program after a boozy night out in London.
Earlier this week, the 22-year-old was forced to withdraw from his first-round match at Wimbledon when trailing two sets to love against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, citing a troublesome hip problem.
Several photos of Kyrgios enjoying a night out in the English capital were splashed all over News Corp newspapers on Thursday with claims the “series of embarrassing pictures” showed Kyrgios “accompanied by two unidentified young women”.
In one of the pictures, Kyrgios is holding what looks to be a cigarette.
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“A blonde and a brunette… no wonder he’s got dodgy hips’ 😂😂 Sam and Beretts aren’t too convinced that Nick Kyrgios is all that injured… pic.twitter.com/YfHf0UOz3I
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) July 5, 2017
Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage was heavily critical of the tennis star despite having herself been the target of tabloid speculation and nosy paparazzi photographers in the past.
In January this year, she took aim at New Idea magazine for suggesting she was feuding with her co-host, David Koch, deeming their articles, “Silly. Trash. Idiotic. Mindless. Bulls***”.
Discussing the photos of Kyrgios and the unidentified women, Armytage joked: “A blonde and a brunette – no wonder he’s got dodgy hips.”
Armytage then referenced Kyrgios’ partner, Ajla Tomljanovic.
Tomljanovic also plays professional tennis and is in London, but is not competing at Wimbledon due to injury.
“I want to know who these two girls are, the blonde and the brunette,” Armytage later added.
“And where’s the girlfriend? When he’s out with the blonde and brunette.”
Mark Beretta, who appears on Sunrise reading sports updates, said the vision proved Kyrgios should not have withdrawn from Wimbledon.
“If he can put one foot in front of the other, he should be on the court,” he said.
“If you can be out at a nightclub, you can play [at] Wimbledon.”
He added: “We have invested in him as Australians, can’t you rally a little bit?”
Koch disagreed with Armytage and Beretta, suggesting: “Should Nick be sitting in his room and reading Harry Potter?”
Kyrgios faces tough choice over surgery
Kyrgios said earlier this week that he was apprehensive about the prospect of surgery to fix his hip injury.
“I don’t think anyone wants to go down the surgery route,” he said.
“I would do everything possible to avoid it … I’m obviously a little bit scared. But I don’t think I need it at the moment.
“Hopefully get an injection or something, do rehab and get healthy. I can’t really do anything. It’s just a bit unlucky what happened.”
Surgery would likely rule Kyrgios out of this year’s US Open, which begins in late August in New York.
If fit, Kyrgios would play a key role in Australia’s Davis Cup semi-final against Belgium, to be played in Brussels from September 15-17.
The World No.20 was expected to undergo scans this week.
– with reporting from Susannah Guthrie