Draw of­fers lit­tle re­lief as Kyr­gios fights in­jury

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - LEO SCHLINK

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.

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