Melbourne: Nick Kyrgios suffered an Australian Open scare yesterday when he pulled out of his opening match at the Kooyong Classic with a right foot injury.
Australia's Nick Kyrgios during his match against David Goffin in Melbourne yesterday. Pic/AFP
The 20-year-old Australian handed David Goffin victory as he retired with the score at 6-7 (5/7), 3-2 to the Belgian.
The year’s first Grand Slam starts on Monday in Melbourne. "I felt it in training yesterday," said Kyrgios, the World No 30, after pulling the plug as a precaution at the 12-man Grand Slam warm-up event. "I started feeling it again today when the treatment wore off.
"I have to think about next week, I really hate to do this but I had to." The colourful contender finished with 15 aces, including four in his final service game of the second set.