Extraordinary twist as Nick Kyrgios pulls out of French Open

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the French Open in a new twist to his relationship with the Paris major.

The development comes just days after training with Andy Murray on Wimbledon’s green clay.

In an Instagram video filmed at the All England Club, the Australian declared Roland Garros ‘absolutely sucks’.

Kyrgios missed out on a seeding at the French Open after he was stripped of 45 ranking points by the ATP following his antics at the Italian Open.

He was due to face Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the first round in Paris.

The official reason behind Kyrgios’s withdrawal was illness, extending his absence from Roland Garros.

In 2018 he was set to face Bernard Tomic in the first round before a late withdrawal, citing an ongoing elbow injury.

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the French Open. Pic: Getty

Frances Tiafoe was the beneficiary of Kyrgios’s fall in the rankings due to the punishment stemming from his Rome outburst.

When Canadian star Milos Raonic withdrew from the Roland Garros grand slam just before Thursday’s official draw, the American became the 32nd seed.

Australia's top male Alex De Minaur will carry the 21st seed and favourite tag next to his name when he meets American Bradley Kahn, while exciting wildcard Alexei Popyrin plays fellow young gun Ugo Humbert.

John Millman has his work cut out against fifth seed Alexander Zverev, while Tomic will face American Taylor Fritz.

Rafael Nadal can ease into his pursuit of an incredible 12 French Open titles, with matches against qualifiers guaranteed in his first two rounds.

Roger Federer will play Lorenzo Sonego in his first Roland Garros tilt since 2015.

with agencies