Australian tennis ace Nick Kyrgios has been forced to withdraw from the Citi Open due to a hip injury. The 23-year-old was due to play in Washington for the second straight year. World No. 17 Kyrgios beat American Noah Rubin in his Atlanta opener last week before he was forced to retire his quarter-final clash against Brit Cameron Norrie.
British rising star Norrie was 7-5 3-0 when the Australian retired the match due to a hip issue. Kyrgios received a medical intervention during the first set but eventually retired the match The 23-year-old gave his best effort to recover in time for the Citi Open but fell short in that attempt.
Kyrgios was drawn to meet fellow compatriot James Duckworth in the Washington first round. The Australian was also scheduled to play doubles with French Jeremy Chardy. Kyrgios and Chardy were drawn to meet USA's Denis Kudla and Frances Tiafoe in the first round.
"Absolutely gutted to have to withdraw from the Citi Open. I've done all I can to get my hip ready but ran out of time," Kyrgios wrote on Twitter. Kyrgios had a first-round bye in Washington last year before he was forced to retire his second round match to American Tennys Sandgren while 6-3 3-0 down.
The Australian also added that he is planning to return to Washington in the future. It remains to be seen will Kyrgios be ready for next week's Toronto Masters. Also read: ''Pretty confident' Denis Shapovalov ready for hard-court season