The disappointment was etched all over Nick Kyrgios’ face. Having sustained a left hip injury at the Aegon Championships two weeks ago, the Australian No. 20 seed had worked tirelessly to get fully fit for The Championships at Wimbledon – his “favourite tournament”. But on Monday, he found that time had run out.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert, one half of the defending Wimbledon doubles champions (w/Mahut) and a fine grass-court player, was solid on serve – losing just five of his first service points – in 58 minutes of play, before Kyrgios called time on the first-round match.
“I kind of knew I was in trouble,” said Kyrgios, the 2014 quarter-finalist. “I have been feeling my hip ever since I fell over at Queen’s. I never got it right. I was doing everything I could to help it, but just not enough time.
“I thought I could win. Obviously, probably not against him, but some opponents if I played them today, I probably still could have won…. I could feel it a lot. It was hindering my performance a lot.”
When asked whether the injury would require surgery, the 2014 Wimbledon quarter-finalist admitted, “I would do everything possible to avoid it. But I don’t know. I’m obviously a little bit scared. But I don’t think I need it at the moment.”