Kyrgios says 'French Open sucks', then withdraws through illness

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Nick Kyrgios's tumultuous week has hit yet more turbulence after the Australian number two pulled out of the French Open tournament, with the ATP saying he cited illness as the reason.

Key points:

  • He also pulled out of the tournament last year with an elbow injury
  • Kyrgios has never progressed past the third round at Rolland Garros
  • The Australian escaped a ban after throwing his chair across the court in Rome last week

The 24-year-old had been due to face Britain's Cameron Norrie in the first round on Monday, but his place will now be taken by a qualifier.

The withdrawal comes just days after Kyrgios said the French Open "sucks" and that clay courts were "so bad".

Training on grass at Wimbledon with former world number one Andy Murray — who has not yet given up on making a return to the court for his home grand slam — Kyrgios posted a video to his Instagram story bemoaning that he could not stay in London.

External Link: Eurosport.fr tweet: Roland-Garros, c'est de la m... compare a Wimbledon"

"The fact I am here [at Wimbledon] now and then have to go to Paris in a couple of days … French Open sucks compared to this place. Sucks," Kyrgios said.


"Get rid of the clay man, who likes the clay? It is so bad."

Kyrgios has reason enough not to be overly enthused about a return to the Paris tournament, having not enjoyed a whole lot of success on Rolland Garros's clay courts.

The Australian pulled out of the tournament last year with an elbow injury — robbing fans of a potentially fiery, all-Australian first round clash with Bernard Tomic.

Kyrgios has never progressed past the third round in the French Open, a level he reached in 2015 and 2016.

Despite that record, Kyrgios' poor clay-court form had appeared to be behind him after a show-stopping display against world number 14 Daniil Medvedev in Rome's Italian Open.

However, that all changed when the Australian defaulted in the very next round, after an extraordinary outburst saw him launch a chair across the court in a match against Norwegian qualifier, Casper Ruud.



In the second round match, Kyrgios slammed his racket into the clay and kicked a water bottle, earning a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct and a game penalty, after which he shook hands with his opponent and left the court.

The Australian was fined and docked ranking points for the outburst but escaped further sanction.

Earlier in the week, Kyrgios courted even more controversy off the court by ripping into two of the game's greats, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, labelling the Serbian as having a sick obsession with being liked and blasting Nadal as "super salty" in a New York Times podcast titled No Challenges Remaining.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-25/nick-kyrgios-pulls-out-of-french-open-tennis-illness/11149376
 

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