The World No.22's announcement surprised his teammates. By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Nick Kyrgios is a last-second injury withdrawal at the United Cup.

Tennis Express

The Aussie broke the news on Thursday, just ahead of Day 1 of the 18-team competition, which kicks off the 2022 tennis season across Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.

22nd-ranked Kyrgios, who was set to lead Australia as its top-ranked player, was scheduled to face off with Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie on Thursday evening in Sydney. He will be replaced by Alex de Minaur in Group D action, while World No.107 Jason Kubler slips into the No.2 spot.

The news came as a bit of a surprise to Kyrgios’ Aussie teammates.

“We literally just found out 10 minutes ago. Obviously it’s news to all of us and we just move forward now,” Australian co-captain Sam Stosur told reporters.

Kyrgios has reportedly been dealing with an ankle injury which was sustained during an exhibition in Dubai last week.