NICK KYRGIOS is a major doubt for the Australian Open after testing positive for Covid.
He becomes the latest player to contract the virus ahead of the first Grand Slam of the new season.
The Aussie maverick, 26, took to social media to confirm his case – and reassure fans he is feeling fine physically.
Kyrgios, who pulled out of a warm-up tournament in Sydney this week, said: "Hey everyone, I just want to be open and transparent with everyone.
“The reason I have had to pull out of Sydney is because I tested positive for Covid.
“I am feeling healthy at the moment with no symptoms.
"I wish everyone all the best and to stay safe where you can.
"If all goes well I will see you all at the Australian Open.”
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Kyrgios' home major starts next Monday – which means he could potentially complete his seven-day isolation and compete in Melbourne.
His equal-best Grand Slam result came there in 2015 when he reached the quarter-finals but lost to runner-up Andy Murray.
However, he has not played any events leading up to the Australian Open and his last competitive tennis match was way back in September.
The news comes against the backdrop drama regarding Novak Djokovic's possible deportation from Australia.
World No1 Djokovic, 34, has been at the centre of a visa storm for the past week after arriving Down Under with a medical exemption to play at his favourite tournament.
But upon touchdown, he had his visa revoked and been locked up in a hotel before his hearing on Monday.
He won the case to be freed from quarantine and allowed to defend his crown after it was ruled the decision to cancel his visa was 'unreasonable'.
However, in yet another twist, Djokovic has reportedly been arrested in Melbourne as ministers mull using a 'personal power' to cancel the visa and deport him.
His dad, Srdjan Djokovic, reportedly claimed to the Pavlovic Today that his son had been arrested by the Aussie government.
A government lawyer warned that Australia may yet use ministerial powers to order his removal from the country, which would result in him being banned for three years.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has a four-hour window to use 'personal discretion' to move ahead with another cancellation.
Kyrgios and Djokovic have had their differences over the years but the Australian hit out at the way the Serbian has been treated.
Speaking last week, Kyrgios said: "This is one of our great champions but at the end of the day, he is human.
"Look I definitely believe in taking action – I got vaccinated because of others and for my mum's health," he wrote on Twitter.
"But how we are handling Novak's situation is bad, really bad. Do better."
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