Draw offers little relief as Kyrgios fights injury
NICK Kyrgios has been battling shoulder and hip injuries in his race against time for French Open fitness.
Australia’s top-ranked player will face German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber in a potentially tricky first-round clash, while several of his compatriots are left to contemplate forbidding draws.
Seeded 18th, Kyrgios has landed in a perilous section of the draw and could meet Kevin Anderson, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marin Cilic just to reach the second week.
The Canberran said he was “working through a couple of niggling injuries but I’m doing everything I can to get ready for my first round”.
While Sam Stosur and Daria Gavrilova were due to meet in the Strasbourg final overnight, there was a sense of danger over the Australian men at Roland Garros.
Four of the six-player contingent – Bernard Tomic, Jordan Thompson, Thanasi Kokkinakis and John Millman – drew seeds.
While Kyrgios and French Open debutant Alex de Minaur avoided the same pitfall, de Minaur is likely to confront nine-time champion Rafa Nadal if the teenager downs Robin Haase tonight.
Tomic, the only other Australian in action tonight, has drawn Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem.
With the first-round to be stretched over three days, Thompson takes on American John Isner, Kokkinakis plays Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Millman has Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.
Ashleigh Barty drew American 12th seed Madison Keys, while Victorian teenager Jamie Fourlis is against former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Ajla Tomljanovic plays last season’s semi-finalist and 18th seed Kiki Bertens.
Stosur secured what should be a trouble-free start against Slovakian Kristina Kucova, but is projected to play Petra Kvitova in the third round.