Australian Nick Kyrgios was doing all he could in order to be ready for the French Open. Unfortunately, the 23-year-old ended up withdrawing from the event due to an elbow injury just a day before his first round match. Kyrgios, who was seeded at No.
21, was drawn to meet fellow compatriot Bernard Tomic in round one. Kyrgios hasn't played a singles match in a month and a half -- since he lost in the Houston quarter-final to Ivo Karlovic. Kyrgios tested his troublesome elbow in Lyon last week -- where he and partner Jack Sock ended up winning the title.
The Lyon test went fine but it still wouldn't be smart for Kyrgios to return at the French Open -- where he'd play the best-of-three-sets matches on the dirt. However, Kyrgios is expected to be ready for the grass season.
The Australian is due to open his grass campaign in Stuttgart. "Been working two hours on off days plus gym in order to mimic increased load. If Lyon event had been a week later he would've played singles and built up for the French Open.
He's staying in Paris and will work out more here. Will definitely play Stuttgart on grass,"l. The Stuttgart event is due to kick off on 11 June. Also read: Bernard Tomic practiced with Serena Williams before French Open qualifying