Nick Kyrgios pulls out of French Open with illness days after controversially saying tournament ‘sucks’ compared to Wimbledon
- Nick Kyrgios had been due to face Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the first round
- The Australian was understood to have pulled out on Friday because of illness
- Kyrgios recently said the French Open ‘sucks’ compared to Wimbledon
Nick Kyrgios has become the latest player to withdraw ahead of the French Open.
The controversial Australian, who had been due to face Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the first round, was understood to have pulled out on Friday because of illness.
Having been defaulted from his last match at the Italian Open in Rome last week after throwing a chair across the court, Kyrgios caused another stir ahead of the tournament by saying the French Open ‘sucks’ compared to Wimbledon.
Controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the French Open because of illness
23-year-old Norrie will instead face either a qualifier or a lucky loser.
Kyrgios had prepared for Roland Garros by heading to the grass courts of Wimbledon to hit with Andy Murray.
But before practice, Kyrgios boiled up another storm when he took to Instagram to give an update on his schedule.
Controversial Kyrgios said the French Open ‘sucks’ compared with Wimbledon
Kyrgios made the comments as he went live on Instagram before hitting with Andy Murray
The 24-year-old made no efforts to hide his disdain at the prospect of swapping SW19 for Paris ahead of the start of the tournament on May 26.
‘The fact I am here now and then have to go to Paris in a couple of days… French Open sucks compared to this place. Sucks,’ Kyrgios, who repeatedly marvelled at the prospect of playing on grass during his live Instagram broadcast, said.
‘Get rid of the clay man, who likes the clay? It is so, so bad.’
The world No 36 has recently found himself attracting attention for his critical comments of opponents such as Novak Djokovic and his meltdown at the Italian Open last week.
Playing on a noisy outside court where the crowds can wander in and out, he became riled by spectators before engaging in an exchange with officials after being made to forfeit a game to go 2-1 down in the deciding set.
Having angrily hurled his racket to the floor he threw the fold-up chair onto the playing surface and then went into an expletive-filled rant, shouting at the chair: ‘I am giving 100 per cent to deal with f****** idiots like him, I’m done. I’m f****** done. I’m f****** done with it. I don’t give a f***.’
Kyrgios had an on-court meltdown at the Italian Open and hurled a chair on to the court
The incident began as he became distracted by crowd movement and rowed with an umpire
He then put his bag over his shoulder and walked off court, but was officially defaulted from the match. He was fined £17,000.
The incident came the day after Kyrgios hit out at Djokovic on the No Challenges Remaining podcast.
‘I just feel like he’s got a sick obsession with wanting to be liked,’ Kyrgios said.
‘He just wants to be Federer. I feel he wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him. This whole celebration thing is so cringeworthy, it’s very cringeworthy.’
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