KYRGIOS WITHDRAWS PRIOR TO MATCH AGAINST FEDERER, HAAS STEPS IN TO PLAY EXHIBITION

Written by: on 17th March 2017
Print This Post Print This Post
BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament
KYRGIOS WITHDRAWS PRIOR TO MATCH AGAINST FEDERER, HAAS STEPS IN TO PLAY EXHIBITION

epa05851034 Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their match at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA, 15 March 2017. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH  |

By Ricky Dimon

 

There was no Roger Federer vs. Nick Kyrgios showdown at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday.

 

Kyrgios withdrew from the tournament prior to their schedule quarterfinal contest, citing food poisoning. The 21-year-old Australian, who upset Novak Djokovic in the fourth round, missed a chance to improve on his 1-0 lifetime record against Federer and his 4-1 combined mark against Federer, Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal.

 

“Unfortunately I am unable to play today due to sickness,” Kyrgios wrote on Twitter. At this stage we think it’s food poisoning and I’m praying it’s nothing more. After a restless night of being sick I have nothing left and to play a great champion like Roger, I need to be at my best to have a chance.

 

“I don’t take this decision lightly, these are the matches we train for but I’m in no fit state to take to the court. I’m sorry to the fans that I’m unable to take to the court but I have to put my health first and I hope you understand. I want to wish Roger the best of luck for the rest of the tournament and thank every one for their support so far here at the BNP Paribas Open.

 

“I will definitely be back.”

 

Federer will be back in action on Saturday, when he goes up against Jack Sock in the semifinals. Sock won his fourth consecutive three-set match of the fortnight on Friday afternoon, upsetting No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

 

“I was really looking forward to playing the match,” Federer told the disappointed fans in Stadium 1. “It’s a pity.”

 

Instead, the crowd was treated to an exhibition singles match between Vasek Pospisil and tournament director Tommy Haas. Pospisil reached the third round as a qualifier, beating Yen-Hsun Lu and Andy Murray in the main draw before succumbing to Dusan Lajovic in three sets. The Canadian lost his set against Haas 6-4 on Friday.

 

Ricky contributes to 10sballs.com and also maintains his own tennis website, The Grandstand. You can follow him on twitter at @Dimonator.

 

Vasek Pospisil at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California.

 

 

 Tommy Haas at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California.

 

Topics: , , , , , , , , , ,





10sBalls Top Stories

In Case You Missed It

10sBalls Shares The “QUEENS” Photo Gallery , It’s The Worlds Best Tennis Tourney That Isn’t A Slam thumbnail

10sBalls Shares The “QUEENS” Photo Gallery , It’s The Worlds Best Tennis Tourney That Isn’t A Slam

Check out a photo gallery from the Aegon Championships - The Worlds Best Tennis Tourney That Isn't A Slam
Roger Federer, Zverev win in Halle to set up intriguing final on Sunday – By Ricky Dimon thumbnail

Roger Federer, Zverev win in Halle to set up intriguing final on Sunday – By Ricky Dimon

Federer wins again in Halle, joined by Zverev in quarterfinals on Friday
PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE 2017 AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE QUEENS CLUB BY THE 10SBALLS TEAM thumbnail

PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE 2017 AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE QUEENS CLUB BY THE 10SBALLS TEAM

Click here to check out our photos from The Queen's Club tennis!
TENNIS NEWS FROM LONDON • ANDY MURRAY, TOMMY HAAS, GREG RUSEDSKI & MORE ALL SET FOR ASPALL CLASSIC AT THE HURLINGHAM CLUB thumbnail

TENNIS NEWS FROM LONDON • ANDY MURRAY, TOMMY HAAS, GREG RUSEDSKI & MORE ALL SET FOR ASPALL CLASSIC AT THE HURLINGHAM CLUB

Friday 23rd June 2017, London: It was announced that world No. 1 Andy Murray will join the line-up for next week's Aspall Tennis Classic held at The Hurlingham Club.
10SBALLS SHARES THE LATEST PHOTOS FROM THE AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS TENNIS AT THE QUEENS CLUB thumbnail

10SBALLS SHARES THE LATEST PHOTOS FROM THE AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS TENNIS AT THE QUEENS CLUB

Click here to see the latest photos from the Queens Club tennis.