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Tennis Kyrgios pulls out of singles in Atlanta with a knee problem

Tennis Kyrgios: Australian Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the Atlanta Open singles draw with a sore left knee on Tuesday ahead of his first match since finishing runner-up at Wimbledon this month.

The 27-year-old was set to face German Peter Gujczuk in his opening round of the ATP 250 hard-court event in Georgia but instead addressed the crowd after his withdrawal.

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“First of all, I just want to say that I’m so broken that I’m not able to compete tonight,” Kyrgios, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, said on court.

“I’ve won this tournament once and I’m probably playing the best tennis of my career. All I wanted to do was come here and put on a show for you guys, but I wasn’t able to put on my best performance today.

“I’m very sorry, but I’m going to keep my hopes up and maybe continue with the doubles with Thanasi (Kokkinaks) this week.”

Kyrgios, who won this year’s Australian Open doubles with compatriot Kokenaks, has reached the doubles quarter-finals in Atlanta.

The men’s world No. 47 has been given a wildcard into next month’s Western and Southern Open, the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, which begins two weeks before the US Open in New York on August 29.

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