Nick Kyrgios has confirmed he won’t play again in 2017 as he tries to regain full fitness for the Australian Open in January.
Kyrgios has struggled all season with shoulder, hip and knee issues and was sent crashing out the European Open in Belgium on Wednesday by veteran left-hander Ruben Bemelmans.
He has failed to advance past the second round in any of the four grand slams and believes a long break will allow him to recapture his best form on home soil this summer.
“Unfortunately, due to the recurrence of my hip injury that I originally suffered at Queen’s, I am shutting down my season to make sure I can rehab and prepare as best as I can for the Australian summer,” Kyrgios posted in a statement on Twitter.
“This year hasn’t been as successful as I would have liked, especially at the slams, although it has been positive in some other areas. I will do all I can to improve for 2018.”
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