Nick Kyrgios will have scans on a chronic hip injury – before hopefully playing this year’s tennis circuit.
Kyrgios’ Wimbledon campaign lasted barely an hour, with the shattered Australian retiring from his first-round match while down two sets to love against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
The world No.20 admitted before the tournament that he was only “60, 65 per cent” fit after aggravating the long-standing injury during an on-court fall at the Queen’s Club lead-up event a fortnight ago.
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The injury forced him to call the game off after 65 minutes when trailing 6-3 6-4.
The 22-year-old also retired during the third round at last year’s US Open with a hip issue and was undermined by the same injury at last month’s French Open.
Countryman Bernard Tomic bit the bullet and went under the knife for double hip surgery three years ago, but Kyrgios is reluctant to go down that path amid locker-room talk that an operation seems inevitable.
“Probably not at the moment. I got too much stuff going on,” said Kyrgios.
“I don’t think anyone wants to go down the surgery route,” he said.
“I had it right after Paris. When I initially got on the grass, I wasn’t feeling my hip at all.
Kyrgios said he’d “probably get an MRI tomorrow” to determine the full extent of the damage, but conceded the prospect of surgery frightened him.
“I would do everything possible to avoid it,” he said.
“But I don’t know. I’m obviously a little bit scared. But I don’t think I need it at the moment.
“Hopefully get an injection or something, do rehab, and get healthy.
“I can’t really do anything. You know, it’s just a bit unlucky what happened.”