Nick Kyrgios says he wouldn’t be surprised if he sat out the remainder of the season after bowing out in the first round of the Zhuhai Championships with a shoulder injury.
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Kyrgios, who is under investigation and could face a large suspension from the ATP World Tour after various indiscretions during the North American hardcourt swing, lost 7-6(5) 6-1 to Andreas Seppi in the opening round of the inaugural Zhuhai Tennis Championships.
The Australian was leading 4-1 but ultimately lost 13 of the last 16 games, later revealing he was struggling with a ‘clicking’ sound in his shoulder that affected his serve.
“I’m serving usually somewhere around the 230 kilometers an hour mark and I wasn’t even able to crack about 180,” Kyrgios told press at Zhuhai. “So, yeah, I mean I was obviously hindered a lot.
“I felt this about a week and a half ago and then obviously at Laver Cup it kind of flared up a little bit and then it set into it.”
Kyrgios, who tends to struggle with his motivation at this stage of the season, added that he could be sidelined for the remainder of the year with the injury.
Nick Kyrgios (PA Images)
However, despite the injury, Kyrgios went on to partner Matt Reid in doubles shortly after his singles defeat.
“I mean, there’s no point for me to play if I can’t really serve, because serving is my strength, my favourite shot, my whole game is based around it and that’s where I’ve had my success this year when I’ve been serving my best.
“I’m probably not going to bother playing until I can get it right again.”
In saying that, Kyrgios did signal his intention to play the revamped Davis Cup finals in Madrid at the end of the season.
“I want to play Davis Cup,” he said. “So until now and then I’ve got a lot of time, I can rest, recover, get my shoulder right. And, I mean, man, I haven’t been home in almost seven months.
“So at any rate I’m not even too sure what I’m going to do moving forward with the rest of my season.”
If Kyrgios does sit out the rest of the season, it will be interesting to see if the ATP decides to suspend him during a period that he would miss in any case.
Gayle David Bradshaw, the ATP Executive Vice President, Rules & Competition, is the man who will be responsible for handing down the verdict on Kyrgios.
Bradshaw was in Sydney for last week’s ATP Cup launch and is believed to be in the middle of making his decision after returning to Miami.
Kyrgios could miss remainder of 2019 with shoulder injury
Nick Kyrgios says he wouldn’t be surprised if he sat out the remainder of the season after bowing out in…
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