Nick Kyrgios withdrew from Mallorca on Wednesday due to a stomach injury, less than a week before the start of Wimbledon.
The Australian was due to play Roberto Bautista Agut in the round of 16 in Mallorca but pulled out to maximize his chances at the All England Club, where the tournament kicks off on Monday.
“I am very sorry that I will have to withdraw from today’s match here in Mallorca,” Kyrgios said in a statement. “I’ve had a lot of great matches lately and unfortunately I woke up with a stomach ache.
“I immediately went to the tournament doctor and he advised me not to play tonight. I really appreciate the Mallorcan championship, but I will take his advice as I don’t want to risk Wimbledon next week.”
Kyrgios has dropped to No. 45 in the world, but with his powerful serve and aggressive play, the 27-year-old will be an opponent the favorites want to avoid next week.
He beat Stefanos Tsitsipas and Pablo Carreno-Busta – both in the world top 20 – en route to the semi-finals in Halle last week and won seven of nine matches on grass this year.
However, Kyrgios’ Grand Slam record remains disappointing. He has only reached the quarter-finals of a major singles tournament twice, including at Wimbledon in 2014.
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