No Tomic showdown: Kyrgios out of French Open
NICK Kyrgios has pulled out of the French Open, leaving Bernard Tomic to face a lucky loser from qualifying.
In a deflating twist, Kyrgios informed Roland Garros organisers he would not take his place in the field because of concerns over his right elbow.
His withdrawal means Tomic will play an as yet unidentified opponent.
And Kyrgios' decision to protect his body ahead of the British grasscourt season robs the French Open of a blockbuster first-round encounter against his former friend Tomic.
His withdrawal means Tomic will tonight play a lucky loser, a pairing far removed from the all-Australian grudge match, turned fizzer.
Kyrgios will remain in Paris, where he will use the French Tennis Federation's gym and access one of the rare grass courts here before contesting Stuttgart from June 11.
Kyrgios' decision to protect his body ahead of the grasscourt swing robbed the French Open of a blockbuster first-round encounter against his former friend Tomic.
"Unfortunately I have to withdraw from this year's French Open," Kyrgios said.
"Having consulted with my team and medical experts it is deemed too risky for me to step out and potentially play five sets on clay, especially as I have not played a singles match in nearly two months.
"I've worked hard to be ready and desperatelty wanted to play Roland Garros, which is very special to me but I literally ran out of time.
"A dramatic spike in load on my elbow could potentially put me back to square one and with the grass court season around the corner it is something I can not and will not risk.
"The good news is I'm finally pain free, working hard and enjoying my training and I'm looking forward to being back in singles action in Stuttgart.
"I'm sorry to those fans who bought tickets to watch me play but am also grateful for the continued love and support.
Kyrgios practised near Roland Garros yesterday with Jack Sock and seemed to move well enough.
But he soon after walked across the road to tournament headquarters and pulled the pin.
Kyrgios and Sock on Saturday won the Lyon doubles.
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