FAVORITE SLAM:After losing in the second round at both the Australian and French Opens, Nick Kyrgios’ miserable season continued as he retired due to injury
Date: Jul 04, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AFP, LONDON
Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen and Lu Yen-hsun yesterday both crashed out on the first day of Wimbledon,
while Nick Kyrgios revealed he knew he was not fit enough to play after being forced to retire from his first-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
In the first round of the women’s singles, Chang fell to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat to China’s Wang Qiang in 66 minutes on Court 17 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Chang served up four double faults and converted only one of the six break points she created to become the first Taiwanese casualty of the third Gram Slam of the year.
In the first round of the men’s singles, Lu fell to 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Simone Bolelli in 2 hours, 3 minutes on Court 6.
Lu served up five double faults, but he did convert all four break points he created, but it was not enough as the Italian world No. 312 advanced to the second round.
Kyrgios has been struggling to recover from a hip injury that forced him to pull out of Queen’s Club last month and he was advised by a doctor not to compete at Wimbledon, but the 22-year-old had reached at least the fourth round in all three of his previous appearances and wanted to give it a shot at his favorite Grand Slam. [FULL STORY]