Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the ATP Tour occasion in North Carolina in a dramatic last-minute name.
The Australian was about to stroll out for his highly-anticipated match with Andy Murray when it was introduced to the group that Kyrgios had retired from the event.
Kyrgios stated he had been bothered by ache in his left knee for a while and stated he would slightly relaxation and be wholesome for the upcoming US Open than worsen the issue at a tune-up event.
“Clearly I needed to take care of my physique and with a Grand Slam subsequent week, I needed to be extra cautious,” he stated.
“I’ve been coping with knee ache the final couple of weeks.
“With the US Open simply across the nook I simply didn’t really feel this was definitely worth the danger of going on the market and probably making it worse.”
It was introduced nearly half-hour later that Murray would play fortunate loser Noah Rubin on Monday (AEST).
Kyrgios, in the meantime, had misplaced three consecutive matches main into the Winston-Salem Open and is but to make a quarter-final of any occasion he has performed this yr.
Tennis journalist Stuart Fraser reported the group reacted angrily to the affirmation announcement contained in the stadium that Kyrgios wouldn’t be competing on the occasion.
“The on-court MC informs spectators that Kyrgios has withdrawn. Some harsh boos in response,” Fraser wrote on Twitter.
“Andy Murray will play fortunate loser Noah Rubin in 20 minutes. Rubin solely misplaced his qualifying match in opposition to Lucas Pouille about 25 minutes in the past.”
Kyrgios posted a cryptic message to his Instagram tales after his withdrawal was introduced by the event.
His publish of a cartoon character smoking a cigarette, included the caption: “By no means remorse something that made you smile”.
Murray, one of Kyrgios’ closest friends on the Tour, last week gave a brutally honest response when requested about watching the 26-year-old compete.
“I like watching [Corentin] Moutet. I like watching [Gael] Monfils. I like watching [Nick] Kyrgios when he’s into it,” he stated in an interview with atptour.com.
“When he’s not into it, I don’t take pleasure in that in any respect. However when he’s into it, I actually take pleasure in watching him.
“A few of the kids now, the younger, younger ones, are actually enjoyable to observe. I like watching [Daniil] Medvedev as properly. I believe he’s a really fascinating participant who has received a lot of selection and has an awkward-looking recreation. However he’s very clever on the courtroom and that’s what I wish to see. I like people who find themselves considering on the market.”
Kyrgios controversially skipped the Olympics in a last-minute withdrawal following Wimbledon because of the Covid-19 local weather that surrounded the Tokyo Video games.
He has since dedicated to enjoying the 2022 Australian Open and has promised to function within the combined doubles with American teenage sensation Coco Gauff.