Nick Kyrgios has been forced to withdraw from the ATP Mallorca 250 with an injury less than a week before the start of Wimbledon.
The Australian was set to face Spanish fifth seed Roberto Bautista-Agut on Wednesday in the round-of-16 at the grass court event but withdrew a few hours before it was scheduled to begin with an abdominal issue.
Kyrgios revealed he has been advised to not play any more matches ahead of Wimbledon – which commences on June 27 – after waking up with pain in his abdominal region.
“I’m really sorry I’m going to have to withdraw from tonight’s match here in Mallorca,” Kyrgios said in a statement.
“I have been playing a lot of great matches lately and unfortunately I woke up with a pain in my abs.
“I went to see the tournament doctor right away and he advised that I don’t play tonight.
“I really value the Mallorca Championships but I will follow his advice as I don’t want to risk Wimbledon next week.”
— Mallorca Championships (@MallorcaChamps) June 22, 2022
Kyrgios has been in excellent form during the grass court season, with the 27-year-old looking like a possible contender for the title at Wimbledon.
He reached the semi-finals of both Stuttgart and Halle, where he was beaten by Andy Murray and Hubert Hurkacz respectively, while he had got through the opening round in Mallorca with a hard-fought three-set win against Laslo Djere.
Despite his scintillating form on grass, Kyrgios is currently ranked 45th and won’t be seeded at Wimbledon.
The Aussie star reached the quarter-final at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club as a 19-year-old on his tournament debut in 2014, defeating Rafael Nadal in the fourth round but ultimately falling short against Milos Raonic in the last eight.
Kyrgios also made it to the fourth round in 2015 and 2016.