Nick’s sore point

KYR­GIOS VOWS TO BE FIT FOR WIM­BLE­DON DE­SPITE QUEEN’S RE­TIRE­MENT

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Nick Kyr­gios has vowed to be fit for Wim­ble­don af­ter re­tir­ing hurt mid­way through his Queen’s Club first-round clash against Amer­i­can world No. 55 Don­ald Young.

Serv­ing well and re­turn­ing con­fi­dently in the open­ing set, Kyr­gios slipped and fell awk­wardly at the back of the court with the scores tied at 4-4 and im­me­di­ately sum­moned for a trainer.

Af­ter tak­ing a med­i­cal time­out for treat­ment to his trou­ble­some hip, Kyr­gios re­turned to play the next four games, but shook hands with Young af­ter los­ing a the open­ing set tiebreak 7-3, gift­ing the left­hander a path to the sec­ond round.

Kyr­gios said on Satur­day he felt pain-free for the first time in seven months af­ter re­ceiv­ing jabs in his shoul­der and hip, but de­spite his ob­vi­ous dis­com­fort post-match was adamant he would be fit for Wim­ble­don on July 2.

‘‘I went to the doc­tors and they gave me some an­ti­inf lam­ma­to­ries,’’ Kyr­gios said.

‘‘I’m not go­ing to get a scan, as yet. I got the in­jec­tions a cou­ple weeks ago, and then I was in re­hab for a cou­ple of weeks. It set­tled down, and then on that fall I just felt sharp pain.

‘‘I felt pretty much ev­ery­thing I was feel­ing a month ago. It’s not great at the mo­ment. But we’ll see.’’

Kyr­gios main­tained he would have still pulled the pin on a sear­ingly hot day in Lon­don, had he won the open­ing set, to en­sure he gave him­self the best chance of be­ing fit for the All Eng­land Club, where he burst onto the scene with his 2014 quar­ter-fi­nal run.

‘‘I mean, there are worse things in the world than a guy slip­ping play­ing ten­nis. I’m sure I’ll live,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t know if it felt worse (than be­fore), but it just was a sharp pain.

‘‘I started feel­ing it when I was walk­ing, when I was land­ing on my serve. It’s ex­actly what I was feel­ing in Paris. I mean, it’s tough to play through.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously my main goal is to play well at Wim­ble­don, so I’m go­ing to try and get it bet­ter and re­hab it and hope­fully it set­tles down.

‘‘I’d play Wim­ble­don if I was in­jured pretty bad, any­way. I’m here . . . I don’t re­ally have time to go home. I will be play­ing, for sure.’’

Asked what he would do to wile away the time at the house he is rent­ing in Wim­ble­don with his mother, and girl­friend, Kyr­gios quipped: ‘‘Dog and Fox,’’ — a ref­er­ence to a lo­cal pub in the af­flu­ent sub­urb.

Young, who came across to check on Kyr­gios as he lay pros­trate on the court, said he felt sym­pa­thy for his op­po­nent.

‘‘It’s rough to see him go down like that, es­pe­cially on sur­faces like grass and clay — it’s not for sure cer­tain foot­ing,’’ Young said.

‘‘I’m not go­ing to act like I’m happy to get through that way, but at the end of the day I’m happy to be through to the sec­ond round as well.’’

Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga beat Adrian Man­nar­ino 6-2 6-2, and sixth-seeded Bul­gar­ian Grigor Dim­itrov — the win­ner in 2014 — de­feated Ryan Har­ri­son 6-3 6-1.

To­mas Berdych over­came Steve Dar­cis of Bel­gium 7-5 6-3 with lo­cal favourite Kyle Ed­mond crash­ing out to Cana­dian qual­i­fier De­nis Shapo­valov 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-4.

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