“It’s the End of the Road”: Nick Kyrgios Retires Mid-Match During R3 Battle Against Felix Auger-Aliassime at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/03/2021, 11:31 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his third round match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


After putting up two block-buster performances at this year’s Wimbledon, Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios disappointed fans on court one by retiring suddenly from the match.

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Playing well against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the third -round, Kyrgios wont he first set in blistering fashion. Even though the young Canadian seemed to be struggling with his serve, the Aussie continued his good form from the second round.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in action during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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Nick Kyrgios retires mid-way during third-round match at Wimbledon

However, during the second set, Kyrgios began to have issues with his abdomen as his serve speeds cam down drastically. After losing his service game to Felix, the Australian‘s level also dropped as he told the umpire that he couldn’t continue beyond the second set.

I can’t anymore. It’s getting worse and worse. I can’t do it. I’m trying, but I can’t serve anymore. I can’t do it”, told the Australian to the umpire.

Kyrgios waited for the second set to complete before heading over to the Canadian and announcing his retirement. Unusually, Nick Kyrgios was asked to wait up and say few words to the crowd as he is a clear crowd favorite.

Sorry guys, it’s the end of the road”, he said.

It’s immensely unfortunate to see Kyrgios retiring midway from the match. Also, it’s a reflection on what he wants to do with the loads of talent he displays on a tennis court.

Having entered Wimbledon without expectation, the 2014 quarter-finalist surprised fans with a thrilling victory over the reigning Halle Open champion Ugo Humbert. It was Kyrgios second straight victory over the Frenchman.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in action during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Paul Childs

As a result of his unfortunate withdrawal, the prospect of Kyrgios continuing the mixed-doubles with Venus Williams is also in jeopardy. Even though the Australian is yet to announce the decision, it seems highly unlikely that he will continue playing at SW19.

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The duo of Kyrgios and Venus Williams played an epic first-round match and clinched victory over the American pair Austin Krajicek and Sabrina Santamaria.

Anyways, it was a fun ride from Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon this year, which would have been great had it last a while longer.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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