by Steven Griffiths/ AFP
Nick Kyrgios insists he will play through the pain barrier to keep his Wimbledon dream alive after the Australian star was forced to retire from his Queen’s Club first-round clash against Donald Young.
Kyrgios needed lengthy treatment on his left hip after taking a nasty tumble behind the baseline while stretching to make a shot in the ninth game of the first set on Monday.
The world number 20 decided to keep playing, but he was clearly affected by the injury and, after Young won the first-set tie-break 7-3, Kyrgios trudged to the net to withdraw from the Wimbledon warm-up event.
The 22-year-old admitted his fall on the slick court had aggravated the same hip injury that troubled him during his French Open second-round exit to Kevin Anderson.
But Kyrgios, who has also been bothered by shoulder problems in recent months, is still determined to compete at Wimbledon, which gets underway on July 3.
“I’d play Wimbledon if I was injured pretty bad, anyway. I’m here. I don’t really have time to go home or anything. Yeah, I’ll be playing, for sure,” Kyrgios said.
“Obviously my main goal is to play well at Wimbledon, so I’m going to try and get it better and rehab it and hopefully it settles down. I’m sure it will.”
Kyrgios was given anti-inflammatories when he came off court, but he is still waiting to see if a scan is necessary.
Asked what he’d do while he waits for the pain to subside, Kyrgios joked he’d be “in the Dog and Fox”, a pub near his house in Wimbledon.
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