Aegon Championships 2017: Nick Kyrgios forced to retire at Queen's as injury threatens Wimbledon bid
Nick Kyrgios faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon with a nasty fall forcing him to retire after losing the first set to Donald Young at Queen's Club.
World number 20 Kyrgios slipped and fell on the lush grass with the score at 4-4 in the first round of the Aegon Championships against the world number 55 American Young.
Ninth seed Kyrgios already had his right leg strapped up, but looked to take a tough hit on his left knee in collapsing on the ground and needed immediate treatment before finally retiring after losing the first set 7-3 on a tie-break.
After putting his head in his hands and lying on court for a few minutes after the slip, Kyrgios needed a medical time-out in what could yet be recurrence of a recent problematic hip injury.
When he resumed, obviously in some discomfort, he went on to squander two break points before losing the first set 7-3 in a tie-break and then deciding to retire from the contest.
His withdrawal may have just been a precaution with Wimbledon so close, but it was another blow to the 22-year-old, who had been struggling with hip and shoulder problems which had forced him to pull out of the Italian Open.
Wimbledon begins on July 3 with the Australian, who has been blighted by accustations of lacking focus in his short career, awaiting a medical decision on the extent of any damage to see when he can return.
Queen's is live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player
Results from the Queen's first-round matches on Monday
- Donald Young (U.S.) beat 9-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 7-6(3) 0-0 (Kyrgios retired)
- 6-Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) beat Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-3 6-1
- 5-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) beat Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-2 6-2
- 7-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Steve Darcis (Belgium) 7-5 6-3