Nick Kyrgios: Australian out of Mallorca league with abdominal pain | Tennis News
Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Mallorca championships due to abdominal muscle pain before opposing an off-court training trial in the second half of the year; “Completely disagree. Loses one of the only unique traits no other sport had”
Last update: 23/06/22 07:04
Australian Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Mallorca championships due to abdominal muscle pain.
Kyrgios was due to face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in Mallorca, but the 27-year-old was forced out of the contest with less than a week before Wimbledon starts.
“I am very sorry to have to withdraw from tonight’s game here in Mallorca,” Kyrgios said in a statement released by the organisers.
“I’ve been playing a lot of great games lately and unfortunately I woke up with abdominal pain. I went to see the tournament doctor straight away and he advised me not to play tonight.”
Kyrgios has reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle in recent weeks but will not be ranked when the grass-court Grand Slam main draw begins on Monday.
The Australian has criticized the ATP Tour’s decision to test off-court training, saying the beauty of the sport where players have to figure things out on their own is being taken away from them.
The ATP will test off-court training in the second half of the year, with players expected to receive instruction in qualifying and main draw matches at tournaments such as the US Open and ATP Finals .
Patrick Mouratoglou, who coached Serena Williams and now coach Simona Halep, praised the ATP’s decision, but Kyrgios said he opposed it.
“Completely disagree. Loses one of the only unique traits no other sport had,” Kyrgios said on Twitter.
“The player had to figure things out on his own. That was the beauty of it. What if a top-tier player against a lower-tier player who doesn’t or (can’t ) afford a trainer?”
The trial starts from the week of July 11 and will continue until the season-ending ATP Finals in November.
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