Nick Kyrgios forced to retire in first round of Wimbledon

Nick Kyrgios was forced to retire in his first round match of Wimbledon due to a nagging hip injury. (Getty Images)

Promising Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios was forced to retire in his first round match at Wimbledon against France’s Pierre Hugues-Herbert due to a balky left hip.

Even before being forced to retire, Kyrgios was in trouble as Herbert played quality tennis to get out to a two set lead (6-3, 6-4) in just 58 minutes.

Kyrgios, who failed to get out of the first round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career, sustained a hip injury just two weeks ago at the Aegon Championships.  The timing of this injury was unfortunate as it left him pressed for time to get fit for Wimbledon.

“I kind of knew I was in trouble,” said the 20th seed Kyrgios in his post-match presser. “I have been feeling my hip ever since I fell over at Queen’s. I never got it right. I was doing everything I could to help it, but just not enough time.”

Even before the tournament, Kyrgios expressed concern over his health.

“I’ll be doing absolutely everything I can,” Kyrgios told reporters prior to Wimbledon. “I’ve been taking anti-inflammatories, doing an hour-and-a-half of rehab every day, getting treatment. But there’s only so much treatment I can do with type of injury. It needs time to rest.”

This a disappointing result for the Australian who famously beat Rafael Nadal in 2014 to advance to the quarterfinals in hist first career Wimbledon.

Herbert will now face fellow Frenchmen Benoit Paire in the second round.

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