Tennis news, Wimbledon 2022 |  Kyrgios out of Mallorca tournament with abdominal injury

Tennis news, Wimbledon 2022 | Kyrgios out of Mallorca tournament with abdominal injury

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Mallorca Championships because of an abdominal injury, saying he didn’t want to aggravate the problem ahead of Wimbledon.

The 45th-ranked Australian made the announcement on Thursday morning before his round-of-16 match against Roberto Bautista Agut.

“I have been playing a lot of great matches lately and unfortunately I woke up with a pain in my abs,” Kyrgios said.

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“I went to see the tournament doctor right away and he advised that I don’t play tonight.

“I really value the Mallorca Championships but I will follow his advice as I don’t want to risk Wimbledon next week.”

Kyrgios needed more than two hours to defeat Laslo Djere 5-7, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (1) in the previous round of the grass-court tournament that serves as preparation for Wimbledon.

The Australian was one of the biggest attractions in Mallorca, along with top-ranked Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas opened with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 40th-ranked Ilya Ivashka on Wednesday without facing a break point.

“I felt like after my first serve, I was really able to get behind the ball and pick the right spots,” Tsitsipas said.

“It was I guess very difficult for the opponent to be able to adjust to this. I was doing it very well. I was very dedicated to that. It was really good for me from start to finish.”

The sixth-ranked Tsitsipas will next face American Marcos Giron, who defeated countryman Mackenzie McDonald 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Medvedev will debut against Aslan Karatsev later Wednesday local time.

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