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Nick Kyrgios is ruled out of the Mallorca Championship with a sore stomach muscle before opting out of an off-pitch trial in the second half of the year; “Don’t agree at all. Losing one of the only unique qualities no other sport has had.”

Last updated: 6/23/22 7:04 am

Nick Kyrgios retired from Mallorca before defying extrajudicial coaching

Nick Kyrgios retired from Mallorca before defying extrajudicial coaching

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Mallorca Championship due to abdominal muscle pain.

Kyrgios was due to face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in Mallorca but the 27-year-old was sidelined with less than a week before Wimbledon started.

“I’m really sorry that I have to retire from today’s game here in Mallorca,” said Kyrgios in a statement released by the organizers.

“I’ve been playing a lot of great games lately and unfortunately I woke up with a stomach ache. I went straight to the tournament doctor and he advised me not to play tonight.”

Kyrgios reached the semifinals in Stuttgart and Halle in recent weeks but will not be seeded when the peloton of the Grand Slam on grass gets underway on Monday.

The Australian has slammed the ATP Tour’s decision to test off-court coaching, saying it took away the beauty of the sport, which required players to figure things out for themselves.

The ATP will trial off-court training in the second half of the year, with players scheduled to receive instruction in qualifiers and main draw games at tournaments such as the US Open and ATP Finals.

Patrick Mouratoglou, who coached Serena Williams and now coaches Simona Halep, congratulated the ATP move but Kyrgios said he was against the move.

“Do not agree at all. Losing one of the only unique qualities that no other sport has had,” Kyrgios said on Twitter.

“The player had to figure things out for himself. That was the beauty of it. What happens when a high-level player plays a low-level player who doesn’t have a coach or can’t afford it?”

The process begins the week of July 11 and will last until the season-ending ATP Finals in November.

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