Sport Tennis Under fire Kyrgios withdraws from French Open citing illness

Under fire Kyrgios withdraws from French Open citing illness

Nick Kyrgios hates clay courts. Photo: Getty
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The wild ride of Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios continues, with his withdrawal from the French Open after claiming the Paris grand slam “sucked” in a video on Instagram.

Citing illness on Friday, Kyrgios withdrew from the Roland Garros event, although his recent comments seemed to make it clear there was little point him turning up anyway.

“The fact that I’m here right now and then I have to go to Paris in like a couple of days is like … the French Open just sucks compared to this place,” Kyrgios said from London where he had been hitting up with Andy Murray in preparation for the French Open.

“It sucks. It absolutely sucks.

This [Wimbledon] is the best tournament in the world … get rid of the clay, man. Who likes the clay?”

It is the second consecutive year Kyrgios has pulled out of the French Open.

Last year he withdrew after a nagging elbow injury but, other than his online grumbles, there were no suggestions this year that the wouldn’t take his place.

The World No.36 recently attracted headlines for  his frank assessment of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the NCR podcast.

He took aim at Djokovic’s “cringeworthy” post-match celebrations and Rafael Nadal’s “super salty” double standards while also slamming “god’s gift” Fernando Verdasco.

Last week’s on-court outburst at the Italian Open in Rome last week saw him throw a chair onto the playing surface, defaulting his second round match to Norway’s Casper Ruud.

He was fined more than $30,000 and in social media posts seemed to make light of the circumstances.

The 24-year-old’s scheduled first round opponent Cameron Norrie will now play a lucky loser instead.

-with AAP