Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Mallorca championships with an abdominal injury, saying he doesn’t want to make the problem worse ahead of Wimbledon.
The 45th-placed Australian made the announcement on Thursday morning ahead of his Round of 16 match against Roberto Bautista Agut.
“I’ve been playing a lot of great games lately and unfortunately I woke up with abdominal pain,” Kyrgios said.
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“I went to see the tournament doctor straight away and he advised me not to play tonight.
“I’m really enjoying the Mallorca championships but I’ll take his advice because I don’t want to risk Wimbledon next week.”
It took over two hours for Kyrgios to defeat Laslo Djere 5-7, 7-6(1), 7-6(1) in the previous round of the grass-court tournament which serves as a preparation for Wimbledon.
The Aussie was one of Mallorca’s biggest draws, with Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas the top-seeded.
Tsitsipas started with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 40th-placed Ilya Ivashka on Wednesday without facing a break point.
“I felt like after my first serve I was really able to get behind the ball and pick the right spots,” Tsitsipas said.
“I guess it was very difficult for the opponent to be able to adapt to that. I was doing it very well. I was very dedicated to it. It was really good for me from start to finish.”
Tsitsipas, sixth in the standings, will next face American Marcos Giron, who beat compatriot Mackenzie McDonald 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.
Medvedev will make his debut against Aslan Karatsev later on Wednesday local time.
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