Paris - Nick Kyrgios is having a "hard time" with
hip and shoulder injuries but the Australian said he has done all he can to be
ready for his French Open first round match against German veteran Philipp
Kohlschreiber on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old firebrand, seeded 18th at Roland Garros, was
forced to pull out of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Rome with a hip
problem and was dumped out of the first round in Lyon last week to a rank
A separate injury to his serving shoulder has further
complicated things for the moody talent, who has been receiving physiotherapy
every day in the lead up to the second grand slam of the season.
Kyrgios has long had problems with his right hip and said
the latest injury was similar to the one that forced him to retire during his
third round match at the US Open last year.
“Obviously my body’s giving me a bit of a hard time at the
moment, but I’m ready to play,” Kyrgios told Australian media.
“It’s the same sort of stuff as the US Open. A couple of
things going on, but then nothing major that I have to instantly pull out or
anything like that.
“I can work through it."
Kyrgios was also hampered by a knee problem in the lead up
to the Australian Open and was receiving cortisone injections to try to settle
the injury before he crashed out of the second round to Andreas Seppi.
He said he was being spared injections in Paris but was
getting "a lot of treatment" on the hip, an injury which he hoped
would not trouble him throughout his career.
There was little prospect of it settling in the short-term,
“I think you can get rid of it. It probably needs some rest
and then I can sort of build up again. That’s how it’s going to get away,” he
"But at this stage it's a tough period. Obviously I
haven’t had much rest.
“We’ll see after this week how it pulls up and then
obviously my main focus is Wimbledon.
"The grass suits my game most and I enjoy London and I
enjoy playing there, so I think the grass is obviously my best chance.”