Nick Kyrgios has hinted at his long-awaited return to tennis, as the Aussie ace’s girlfriend Costeen Hatzi reveals the pair are leaving their home for ‘four or five months’.
Kyrgios hasn’t played a tour match since the Japan Open seven months ago and underwent knee surgery after missing January’s Australian Open.
On the comeback trail, he’s now also bypassed the French Open, where, despite not being the greatest fan of the clay-court slog, he had promised to take his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi because she’d wanted to see Paris for the first time.
Hatzi, a social media influencer and interior designer, recently posted to Instagram that the couple are leaving their home for an extended time.
She shared a video to Instagram of the couple’s empty home, expressing her sadness at going away.
Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios has hinted at his long-awaited return to the sport
Kyrgios hasn’t played a tour match since the Japan Open seven months ago and underwent knee surgery after missing January’s Australian Open
‘I’m not ready to leave our home for 4-5 months’, Hatzi captioned the post.
Kyrgios shared the video clip on his own account with a soothing message for her.
‘It’s okay b, we have each other. Also flying around the world travelling isn’t a bad problem hahaha’, Kyrgios wrote.
Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kyrgios’ doubles partner, says his mate is on the mend and looking forward to returning to action at Wimbledon.
‘I think the plan for him is to be ready for Wimbledon and play a few lead-ins,’ Kokkinakis told press last week.
‘Stuttgart (June 12-18) was up there, I think. I’m not sure if he’s going to Queen’s or Halle (both June 19-25), but hopefully he’s ready.
‘By all accounts, his recovery has been a bit slower than he thought, but I think he’s on the mend now and it’s looking positive for the grass.’
Of their partnership that delivered the Australian Open doubles title last year, Kokkinakis added: ‘The plan right now is to play Wimbledon, obviously health permitting.
Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kyrgios’ doubles partner, says his mate is on the mend and looking forward to returning to action at Wimbledon
Kyrgios has credited Hatzi’s positive influence with helping him produce the best year of his tennis career in 2022
‘We’re going to sign in to the doubles there – we actually spoke about that on Thursday.
‘We haven’t played for a long time, and I haven’t played much doubles at all this year as it isn’t as much a priority for me this year, but I still want to play in some of the bigger tournaments because it’s still a fun experience with him.’
Hatzi has been dating Kyrgios for just over a year now, and frequently accompanies him on his sporting tours to cheer him on from the stands.
Kyrgios has previously hinted at a wedding and some little Kyrgios kids in a playful interview with Today’s Karl Stefanovic, and doubled down on his plans to wed Hatzi in January.
He posted ‘our wedding soon’ after seeing photos of his partner posing with a baby online.
Kyrgios has also happily credited Hatzi’s positive influence with helping him produce the best year of his tennis career in 2022.