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Wimbledon 2017: Injured Nick Kyrgios Pulls Out of First Round

Nick Kyrgios suffered more injury woe as the Australian was forced to retire from his Wimbledon first round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Monday.

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Updated:July 3, 2017, 7:04 PM IST
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Wimbledon 2017: Injured Nick Kyrgios Pulls Out of First Round
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London: Nick Kyrgios suffered more injury woe as the Australian was forced to retire from his Wimbledon first round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Monday.

Kyrgios admitted last week he would go into Wimbledon only "60-65 percent" fit as he struggled to recover from the left hip injury that forced him to pull out of Queen's Club last month.

The 22-year-old had reached at least the fourth round in all three of his previous Wimbledon appearances.

But after losing in the second round at both the Australian and French Opens this year, Kyrgios's miserable 2017 continued as the world number 20 lost the first two sets 6-3, 6-4 against Herbert before deciding to call it quits due to the nagging injury.

"I kind of knew I was in trouble. I have been feeling my hip ever since I fell over at Queen's," Kyrgios said.

"Never got it right. I was doing everything I could to help it, but just not enough time. Yeah, I mean, I just wasn't 100 percent.

"I spoke to the doctor before the tournament started. He was leaning towards me not even playing.

"It's my favourite tournament. I do well here every year. So it's tough for me to go out there and pull out. It's not the easiest thing for me to do."

Herbert will face France's Benoit Paire or Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva in the second round.

From the moment he stepped onto Court Three wearing long white leggings under his shorts, Kyrgios didn't look comfortable and he spent most of the first set trying to flex and stretch his leg.

A Kyrgios double fault in the eighth game gave Herbert the break that gifted him the opening set.

Kyrgios, then ranked 144th, burst onto the scene at Wimbledon in 2014 when he defeated then world number one Rafael Nadal en route to the quarter-finals.

With the injury impeding his movement, there was no sign of that brilliance against Herbert and when the 70th-ranked Frenchman took the second set, Kyrgios called for treatment.

He spent several minutes speaking to the doctor before telling Herbert he was going to have to retire.
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