Nick Kyrgios has said he’s ready to end an injury exile from tennis which has lasted for almost the entirety of 15 months, with the one-time Wimbledon finalist ready to make a return.

The controversial Australian who played just one match last year during a campaign weighted down by injury, set his latest goal on an Australian Open podcast.

No specifics were provided by the 28-year-old whose ranking has sunk beyond the No. 1,000 yardstick. He quit before the 2023 Australian Open for an arthroscopic knee procedure and tried his luck last summer in Stuttgart only to lose in his opening match.

“I’m hitting for the first time next week, so as soon as I get back out on court, I guess it’s just going to be starting up, getting that load back through my wrist and my body,” he said.

“But look, I definitely will be coming back. It’s just hard to put an exact date on it because the injury was quite severe.”

Kyrgios admitted that he’s been enjoying life outside of the sport, but has vowed to give tennis another go.

“I’m going to take my time, come back and just enjoy being back out there.”

He added that the decision was not clear-cut: “It’s arguably been one of the hardest years of my life tennis wise. Everything else has been amazing,

I can’t complain about anything else.

“But tennis wise, I’ve had some really hard conversations with myself.

“I don’t have to do it, but I’m doing it for some reason. So I know there’s still fire in the belly, which is good.”

Main photo:- Nick Kyrgios was a colour commentator at the 2024 Australian Open