Nick Kyrgios has dramatically called an end to his 2017 season as he looks to be fully fit for the lead-up to the Australian Open in January.
Kyrgios has struggled all season with shoulder, hip and knee issues and was sent crashing out the European Open in Belgium on Wednesday by veteran left-hander Ruben Bemelmans.
He has also failed to advance past the second round in any of the four grand slams and believes a long break will allow him to recapture his best form on home soil this summer.
“Unfortunately, due to the recurrence of my hip injury that I originally suffered at Queen’s, I am shutting down my season to make sure I can rehab and prepare as best as I can for the Australian summer,” Kyrgios posted in a statement on Twitter.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) October 19, 2017
“This year hasn’t been as successful as I would have liked, especially at the slams, although it has been positive in some other areas. I will do all I can to improve for 2018.”
Nick Kyrgios was fined almost $40,000 last week after dramatically quitting during a match at the Shanghai Masters.
Kyrgios shocked tennis fans on October 12 when he decided enough was enough after losing the first set of a match to American Steve Johnson and retired.
The 22-year-old, who later claimed he was suffering from a stomach bug, was booed by the crowd as he walked off the court.
Kyrgios, who was angry with spectators and the umpire during his defeat, was fined $12,840 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
And he was stripped of his first-round prize money, set to be $27,071, for not seeing a doctor after calling it quits.
– With AAP