Nick Kyrgios Said French Open 'Sucked' Before Withdrawing From Grand Slam
Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the French Open for the second-straight year, just days after claiming the Paris grand slam "sucked" in a social media video.
The polarising Australian was defaulted following an on-court outburst in Rome last week, before hitting with Andy Murray at Wimbledon in preparation for the tournament.
But he won't line up at Roland Garros after announcing his withdrawal due to illness on Friday, with scheduled first-round opponent Cameron Norrie to play a lucky loser instead.
Kyrgios has made no secret of his disdain for the slower clay conditions, taking to Instagram last week while walking through Wimbledon "saying the French Open sucks compared to this place. Sucks. Absolute sucks".
Last year he pulled the pin as he chased some respite from a nagging elbow injury but, other than his online grumbles, there were no suggestions this year that the 24-year-old wouldn't line up at the event until his announcement on Friday.
His withdrawal all but ends his brief but eventful clay swing that earned headlines off the court for his frank assessment of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the NCR podcast.
He took aim at Djokovic's "cringeworthy" post-match celebrations and Rafael Nadal's "super salty" double standards while also slamming "god's gift" Fernando Verdasco.
His default closely followed those comments and, while he was fined and docked rankings points, Kyrgios remained free to play the French Open.