The Australian tennis player has been forced to withdraw after suffering from an abdominal injury and will not take to the court.
The lengthy match played yesterday against Serbian player Laslo Djere, which he won after two hours and fifteen minutes (5-7, 7-6, 7-6), coupled with his strong performance in the ATP Stuttgart reaching the semifinals, has taken a toll on the world No.45 physically. He will now aim to recover in time for the imminent Wimbledon tournament.
Kyrgios has generated significant excitement since his arrival at the Mallorca Country Club, attracting a multitude of fans as one of the major attractions in a star-studded lineup for the only ATP event on grass in southern Europe. His match against Djere so far has drawn the largest crowd to the Central Court, witnessing an exciting battle.
Nick Kyrgios: I’m sorry to have to withdraw from tonight’s match here in Mallorca. I’ve been playing a lot of great matches lately, and unfortunately, I woke up with pain in the abdominal area. I visited the tournament doctor immediately, and he has advised me not to play tonight. I appreciate the Mallorca Championships a lot, but I will follow his advice because I don’t want to jeopardize my participation in Wimbledon next week.
I was looking forward to tonight’s match as I have loved being here. Mallorca is a beautiful island with very nice people.
I want to thank Toni Nadal, Edwin Weindorfer, the incredible audience, and the entire tournament organization for the great treatment received. I hope to come back to Mallorca next year..
Toni Nadal (Director of Mallorca Championships): We loved having Nick Kyrgios here at the Mallorca Championships this week. He has shown that when he wants to, he is a great player. I wish him a speedy recovery and all the best for the rest of the season.
Edwin Weindorfer (CEO and founder of e|motion Group): We are very sorry for Nick Kyrgios’ injury. We are delighted to have enjoyed him in our events in Stuttgart and here in Mallorca. We wish him the best for the season and, particularly, for Wimbledon. We hope to see him next year both in Stuttgart and in Mallorca.
Javier Cerrato (Head of Medical Services at Mallorca Championships): Nick Kyrgios is experiencing discomfort in the left rectus abdominal due to the accumulation of matches in recent weeks and the effort of yesterday’s first-round encounter. This will prevent him from returning to the court this afternoon against Roberto Bautista.
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