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French Open: Nick Kyrgios pulls out of main draw with illness


Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios forfeited his second-round match with Norwegian Casper Ruud at the Italian Open last week
2019 French Open
Venue:Roland Garros, ParisDates:26 May-9 June
Coverage:Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

Australian world number 36 Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the French Open with illness on Friday.

It comes just days after the 24-year-old posted on social mediasaying the competition “absolutely sucks” compared to other Grand Slam events.

Kyrgios was due to play British number two Cameron Norrie, 23, in the first round.

World number 41 Norrie will now face French qualifier Elliot Benchetrit in his opening match.

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Benchetrit, 20, ranked 273rd in the world, lost to compatriot Gael Monfils in the first round at Roland Garros last year – his only main-draw match at a Grand Slam.

Last week Kyrgios admitted “emotions got the better of me” after he forfeited his second-round match with Norwegian Casper Ruud at the Italian Open.

Kyrgios’ agent said the Australian had been “wiped out” by a bug he picked up earlier in the week.

He also pulled out of last year’s French Open with an elbow injury and has never reached the second week in Paris.

Britain’s Norrie is joined by compatriots Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans in the men’s singles draw, while British number one Johanna Konta is seeded 26th in the women’s draw.

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