The oft-injured Aussie says his hip is not quite ready to face the rigors of match play. A few days after retiring from his quarterfinal match against Cameron Norrie in Atlanta, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., sending Lucky Loser Jason Kubler into the main draw. The fifth-seeded Aussie made the following statement on Twitter:
Absolutely gutted to have to withdraw from @CitiOpen I’ve done all I can to get my hip ready but ran out of time. I want to thank Keely & her team for the support and apologise to the fans. I’ll be back!
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 1, 2018
Kyrgios has played nine events in 2018, claiming a hardcourt title in Brisbane and reaching semifinals in Stuttgart and London on his preferred surface, grass.
The Aussie has been bothered by injuries throughout his career, and has suffered elbow and hip problems over the last two seasons. Nevertheless he is still ranked at 17 in the world and hopes to be fit for upcoming events in Toronto, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.