(REUTERS, AFP) – Australian Nick Kyrgios pulled out of his first-round match with Britain’s Andy Murray at the Winston-Salem Open on Sunday (Aug 22) because of knee torment yet the 26-year-old is certain he will be good for the following week’s US Open.
Kyrgios pulled out from the ATP 250 occasion in North Carolina in a last-minute call, with fortunate washout Noah Rubin supplanting him. Yet, the American lost 6-2, 6-0 to Murray.
After a lethargic beginning to the principal set, previous world No. 1 Murray discovered his structure and traveled through. The 34-year-old will next face thirteenth cultivated Frances Tiafoe, who got a bye into the second round.
The 85th-positioned Kyrgios, who avoided the Tokyo Olympics since he would not like to play before void stands, said he had been managing torment in his left knee over the most recent few weeks.
“With the US Open not far off, I simply didn’t feel it merited the danger of going out there and potentially aggravating it, not offering myself the most obvious opportunity to perform at the US Open,” he told correspondents.
“To play Andy Murray, an old buddy and tennis symbol, would have been astounding however I needed to take care of my body. What’s more, with the Grand Slam one week from now, I needed to be more careful.
“I’m playing the US Open 100%, dislike I am completing my season. I required more opportunity to get right… the most ideal alternative today was to rest it.”
The year’s last tennis Grand Slam runs from Aug 30 to Sept 12 in New York.
Kyrgios’ withdrawal tossed Sunday’s timetable in Winston-Salem into tumult.
The coordinators gave Murray a few unique situations before at last concluding he would confront Rubin, who needed to play consecutive matches with simply an hour’s rest between them.
“It was an unusual 45 minutes before I played this match,” said the Scot. “I couldn’t say whether I would play this evening.
“They said I would play a qualifier and wouldn’t play until tomorrow. And afterward they said I would play a fortunate failure. So my adversary changed multiple times quickly. “Sadly for (Rubin) he needed to play an extreme match in the warmth and afterward needed to come out once more.”
Rubin took to the court in the wake of tumbling to France’s Lucas Pouille in a two-hour qualifying last.
Murray has needed to fight wounds of his own, with his most recent one being a crotch issue. However, that didn’t appear to be a factor against Rubin as Murray impacted 11 experts and had only three twofold blames.
Kyrgios and Murray were set to get down to business for the seventh time with Murray holding a directing 5-1 series lead.
“I have been in Florida rehabbing and preparing and I came here eager to play Andy Murray one of my old buddies,” said Kyrgios, who represented his new gathering with a fabric clinical wrap to his left side knee.
His solitary success came in their latest match three years prior at the Queen’s Club, where Murray made his return following his first hip medical procedure.
“I had a bit of a hit to perceive how it is today,” Kyrgios said. “I got one more week now (until the US Open).”
Kyrgios resigned from his third-round match at Wimbledon with a stomach injury. He lost in his opening matches at Washington and Toronto lately and this would have been his fifth competition of the year outside Australia.