In the end, Kyrgios ran out of time


PARIS – Less than 24 hours after winning the doubles title in Lyon with pal Jack Sock, Nick Kyrgios made the call to pull out of singles at Roland Garros.

“Unfortunately I have to withdraw from this year’s French Open. Having consulted with my team and medical experts it is deemed too risky for me to step out and potentially play five sets on clay, especially as I have not played a singles match in nearly two months,” Kyrgios wrote on Twitter.


“I’ve worked hard to be ready and desperately wanted to play Roland Garros, which is very special to me but I literally ran out of time.

“A dramatic spike in load on my elbow could potentially put me back to square one and with the grass court season around the corner it is something I cannot and will not risk.

“The good news is that I am finally pain free, working hard and enjoying my training and am looking forward to being back in singles action in Stuttgart.

“I’m sorry to those fans that bought tickets to watch me play but am also grateful for the continued love and support.”

Doubles champs in Lyon

Kyrgios and his good mate Jack Sock were playing in their fourth career tournament together.

They went into Lyon and fought through four matches to win the title even though Kyrgios had not played since early April, at the clay-court event in Houston.

Unseeded, they faced four unseeded teams to take it.

No All-Aussie matchup

The draw gods decreed a potentially juicy first-rounder for Kyrgios in Paris. He had drawn a qualifier – and that qualifier turned out to be his fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic.

Instead, yet another lucky loser will get into the main draw.

It’s the second withdrawal of the day after Viktor Troicki pulled out with a back issue not long before he was to face No. 4 seed Grigor Dimitrov on Stade Suzanne Lenglen.

Dimitrov played Mohamed Safwat of Egypt instead.

Tomic’s new opponent was to be Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India. But Gunneswaran is in the main draw of a Challenger event in Italy this week and is already there. Poor guy; he’s out at least 40,000 Euros.

Kyrgios had signed on for doubles in Paris with his friend Matt Reid. But the draw is out, and they’re not in it.

(Feature photo from the ATP Tour’s Twitter feed)

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