LONDON—Nick Kyrgios says an ongoing hip injury was the reason for his retirement at Wimbledon.
Kyrgios retired down two sets against Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round, his first tour match since falling on his hip against Donald Young in the first round at Queen’s Club.
“I have been feeling it ever since I fell on it at Queen’s,” the 22-year-old said. “Never got it right. I spoke to the doctor before the tournament started. He was leaning towards me not even playing.”
Despite the uncertainty, Kyrgios ultimately decided to take the court at what he called his favorite tournament.
"I thought I could win,” he said. “Obviously, probably, not against him. But some opponents, if I played against them today, I probably still could have won."
Kyrgios, who has had hip problems before, said it had been bothering him following the French Open but he was fit before Queen's, which made the injury even more frustrating.
"I did all the right things,” he said. “I took 10 days off, had an injection, rehabbed. It was fine. I was in such a good place for one set at Queen's. I was enjoying myself. I was healthy.
"I can hardly do anything about it, you know."
But Kyrgios indicated that surgery was not under serious consideration.
"I'm obviously a little bit scared," he said. "But I don't think I need it at the moment."
The Australian is No. 20 in the rankings.
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