NICK Kyrgios has withdrawn from the French Open as he continues to battle an elbow injury.
Australia’s no.1 ranked player decided to pull out at the 11th hour, leaving organisers scrambling to find a replacement.
It denies fans a chance to watch the first showdown between Kyrgios and fellow Australian Bernard Tomic as the pair were set to meet in the opening round.
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Tomic won’t know who he plays – if anyone at all – until the morning of his scheduled first-round match.
Kyrgios had been racing the clock to overcome a chronic elbow injury, which has seen him sit out of singles matches for the last six weeks.
He confirmed on Twitter late on Sunday night he just wasn’t ready to return to competition.
“Unfortunately I have to withdraw from this year’s French Open,” he tweeted.
“Having consulted with my team and medical experts it is deemed too risky for me to step out and potentially play 5 sets on clay, especially as I have not played a singles match in nearly two months.
“I’ve worked hard to be ready and desperately wanted to play Roland Garros, which is very special to me but I literally ran out of time.
“A dramatic spike in load on my elbow could potentially put me back to square one and with the grass court season around the corner it is something I can not and will not risk.
“The good news is I’m finally pain free, working hard and enjoying my training and I’m looking forward to being back in singles action in Stuttgart.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) May 27, 2018