Nick Kyrgios withdraws from French Open


Nick Kyrgios became the latest player to pull out of this year's French Open on Friday afternoon.

The controversial Australian was due to take on Britain's Cameron Norrie in the first-round at Roland Garros, but he is believed to have pulled out due to illness.

However, tournament officials have confirmed that they do not know the reason for Kyrgios' withdrawal.

The world No 36 has not played a competitive match since his spectacular on-court tantrum at the Italian Open.

Kyrgios was given a game penalty for allegedly swearing at a line judge in Rome, and reacted by slamming his racket down, kicking a water bottle before then hurling a chair onto the court.

Kyrgios was clearly angry at the officials letting his emotions get the better of him. This is not the first time he has behaved in this manner on court.

He walked off the court midway through the deciding set to whistles and jeers from the crowd and subsequently forfeited his place in the competition.

The withdrawal also comes just days after Kyrgios posted a video on social media in which he said the French Open "sucks" when compared to Wimbledon.

His comments and behavioural on court antics are further leading the Australian into more controversy.

He currently does not have a full time coach which leads to speculation as to his future within the sport. His behaviour is not in the best interests of tennis as a whole and one wonders if the ITF have him on their radar.

Something has to change with Nick Krygious before he runs the risk of a lengthy ban from the sport which many within tennis are already calling for.

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