Kyrgios retires with shoulder injury, booed in D.C
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[August 03, 2017]
(Reuters) - Injuries continued
to plague Australian Nick Kyrgios, who retired with a shoulder
injury while losing 6-3 3-0 to American Tenny Sandgren at the Citi
Open on Wednesday in Washington D.C. and left the court to a chorus
It marked the third successive tournament in which the 22-year-old
retired during a match.
Kyrgios, playing his first tournament since he retired in the first
round of Wimbledon due to a chronic hip injury, said mental problems
and physical struggles had hurt his preparations.
"Just struggling, mentally, physically," Kyrgios told reporters
He had called out the medical trainer for treatment on his shoulder
before retiring and looked in obvious discomfort.
Kyrgios was playing in the second round after receiving an opening
round bye and was seeded to play Germany's Alexander Zverev in a
keenly anticipated third-round match.
Earlier, 20-year-old Zverev needed three sets to overcome
serve-and-volleyer Jordan Thompson 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) to advance as the
Australian dropped the last three points of the decisive tiebreaker
including his first double fault of the match.
"I'm just happy to get through that one," said the fifth-seeded
German, a three-time winner this year.
Also failing to advance was defending champion Gael Monfils, as the
sixth-seeded Frenchman was upset by qualifier Yuki Bhambri of India
6-3 4-6 7-5.
Bhambri, 25, will move on to face Argentina's Guido
Pella in the round of 16.
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Nick Kyrgios of Australia receives treament from an ATP trainer
during an injury timeout against Tennys Sandgren of the United
States (not pictured) on day three of the Citi Open at Fitzgerald
Tennis Center. Sandgren won 6-3, 3-0 (Ret'd). Mandatory Credit:
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Canada's big-serving Milos Raonic triumphed 7-6(2) 7-6(8) in a
hard-fought match against France's Nicolas Mahut and set a
tournament record with a 151 miles per hour rocket among his 26
Raonic, the 2014 winner, is looking for his first 2017 title.
"It's a big chance to turn things around," he said.
On the women's side, French second seed Kristina Mladenovic needed
nearly two and a half hours in her first match, winning five of the
last six games to beat Germany's Tatjana Maria 7-5 3-6 6-3.
Canada's unseeded Eugenie Bouchard scored her first win since Roland
Garros with a 7-6(6) 6-0 win over eighth-seeded American Christina
(Reporting by Larry Fine in Safety Harbor, Florida; Editing by
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