Australian sensation Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the ongoing Italian Open in Rome citing a hip injury which has put his participation in the French Open in jeopardy. He was scheduled to face Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the opening round in Rome on Tuesday but the tournament organizers has confirmed his withdrawal from the event and will now be replaced by “lucky loser” Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in the men’s draw.
He has also withdrawn from the doubles event at Foro Italico where he was supposed to pair up with Fabio Fognini of Italy.
The Australian, who has won two matches in last week’s Mutua Madrid Open before falling prey to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the round of 16, required treatment for a hip complaint during his first round match against Marcos Baghdatis in Spain and informed his physio: “I can serve but I can’t move that well.”
It has been quite a stressful period for the world No. 18 when he had to withdraw from the Estoril Open to return to Australia to attend his grandfather’s funeral.
Withdrawals from both the Estoril Open and Italian Open will mean that he would have played just three matches ahead of Roland Garros which is set to start in just 12 days, provided he is fit to participate at the event.
In addition to this, Kyrgios will also miss out on a spot in the top-16 seeds which might trouble his chances of going deep in Paris. If he manages to get a high seeding he would certainly ensure not facing any player ranked higher than him before the fourth round at the French Open.
Although his hopes were lifted when Roger Federer announced his withdrawal from the French Open, but judging from the current scenario, the Australian No 1 has his own hands full and might have to march on without any privilege, if at all he is fit to play.
Kyrgios is presently working with Sebastien Grosjean in order to improve his game and is now all set to get fit ahead of the start of the French Open which gets under way on May 28.
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