Kyrgios withdraws from French Open due to illness

Nick Kyrgios’s astonishing outburst in Rome last week, where he threw a chair and defaulted his match against Casper Ruud cost him a seeding at the French Open after he lost all the ranking points attained during the tournament.

Australian world number 36 Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the French Open with illness on Friday.

It comes just days after the 24-year-old posted on social media saying the competition “absolutely sucks” compared to other Grand Slam events.

Kyrgios was due to play British number two Cameron Norrie, 23, in the first round.

Last week Kyrgios admitted “emotions got the better of me” after he forfeited his second-round match with Norwegian Casper Ruud at the Italian Open.

Kyrgios missed out on a seeding at the French Open after he was stripped of 45 ranking points by the ATP following his antics at the Italian Open.

He was due to face Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the first round in Paris.

The official reason behind Kyrgios’s withdrawal was illness, extending his absence from Roland Garros.

Frances Tiafoe was the beneficiary of Kyrgios’s fall in the rankings due to the punishment stemming from his Rome outburst.

When Canadian star Milos Raonic withdrew from the Roland Garros grand slam just before Thursday’s official draw, the American became the 32nd seed.

Australia’s top male Alex De Minaur will carry the 21st seed and favourite tag next to his name when he meets American Bradley Kahn, while exciting wildcard Alexei Popyrin plays fellow young gun Ugo Humbert.

John Millman has his work cut out against fifth seed Alexander Zverev, while Tomic will face American Taylor Fritz.

Rafael Nadal can ease into his pursuit of an incredible 12 French Open titles, with matches against qualifiers guaranteed in his first two rounds.

Roger Federer will play Lorenzo Sonego in his first Roland Garros tilt since 2015.


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