Kyrgios Pulls Out of Italian Open with Hip Injury

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Just as it appeared that Nick Kyrgios had turned all the corners that have boxed him in as he attempted to deal with the mental demons that threatened to derail him before he could get well and truly railed, a physical issue has forced him to withdraw from the Italian Open.

A hip injury was the culprit, and for those of us whose hips hurt on a daily basis, it can be nearly impossible to imagine the toll this joint can exert on a tennis player, let alone one as young as Kyrgios.

He may, hopefully, have made the right call, as clay courts are by far his least favourite surface, and he wants to be at peak fitness for the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, the French Open, which follows immediately after the Italian.

Roger Federer will also skip the French Open, now that he has finally won one, but that is little by way of surprise, as Federer considers playing on clay an unnecessary expenditure of valuable energy.

Kyrgios has been showing good form of late, even though he slipped a few spots in the world rankings this year, down from 14th to 18th, and he could have benefitted from a good showing in the Italian Open, potentially gaining enough ground to quality for one of the top 16 seeds in the French Open.