NICK Kyrgios’ woes have continued after retiring hurt with a fresh injury against American world No.106 Tennys Sandgren at the Washington Open.
In his first match since Wimbledon, where he also retired in the first round due to a hip problem, Kyrgios appeared to be significantly troubled by a shoulder injury from the outset.
He received several visits from the trainer and seemed to engage in a mental battle with himself throughout match before eventually pulling the pin trailing 6-3 6-0.
It’s a worrying sign for the 22-year-old less than a month out from the US Open.
Television cameras captured an exchange between Kyrgios another his mother Nill, who was sitting in the crowd, during a change of ends. He appears to tell her he doesn’t want to play on at which point she urges him to “try”.
He eventually told the trainer, “I’m done, I’m done” and shook his opponent’s hand — with some sections of the crowd booing him as he walked off.
Down 3-6, 0-3*, Kyrgios waves off trainer, retires, is booed off court.
Sandgren into R3. Played some unreal defense tonight. #CO17
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 3, 2017
Kyrgios battled a hip problem throughout the grass court season and is without an ATP win since beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the French Open first round on May 30.
Earlier, Jordan Thompson came agonisingly close to upsetting world No.8 Alexander Zverev.
The 23-year-old Thompson lost 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5), leading the third-set tiebreak at 5-4 before conceding the final three points of the match.
Thompson, ranked 75th in the world, broke his German opponent twice to take the opening set in the pair’s first meeting.
But Zverev rallied in the second, taking advantage of the weaker service game of Thompson who won only 36 per cent of points on second serve in the set.
In an even deciding set, Thompson double faulted to hand Zverev match point.
Zverev would have faced Kyrgios in the third round and spoke with excitement about the potential of renewing the rivalry — after revealing the Australian was “asleep in the locker room” before his match.
“I think (he) will wake (up) and I think he will be motivated, and I think he wants to play me again. I think that’s an extra motivation for both of us. I lost to him in Indian Wells and Miami, and in Miami it was a very tight match,” Zverev said.
“But a lot of things have changed since then. I’m eight in the world, he was 11 in the world back then. I’ve won a few titles now – I won Rome. So a few things have changed and hopefully it can be another great match for us.
“I think apart from the ‘big four’ playing against each other, me against Nick or me against Dominic might be one of the biggest match-ups in tennis, for the media, for social media, and for tennis fans.
“I know there’s a lot of talk around it, and a lot of expectations on us playing these matches in this draw. But right now, we are where we are, and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us to be where we want to be.”
Meanwhile Thanasi Kokkinakis continued his encouraging return from injury, beating Canadian Peter Polansky 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) at the ATP event in Mexico.
Originally published as Kyrgios booed as injury woes continue