ROME – Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, world No. 18, retired on Tuesday from the Rome Masters tournament due to injury and is set to be replaced by the Ukrainian Aleksandr Dolgopolov.
Kyrgios, who fell in the knockout stages of the Madrid Open against Spanish Rafael Nadal, was going to meet Serbian Novak Djokovic in the round of 16, but withdrew because of a hip problem, according to the organizers of Rome Masters.
The absence of the Australian presents a chance to Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, world No. 89, who will meet Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut later on Tuesday in the first round.
Dolgopolov lost on Sunday against the Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the qualifying rounds of the Rome tournament.