Australian controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the ongoing Italian Open due to a hip injury.
The tournament organizers confirmed the news shortly before the 22-year-old was due to face Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round.
Kyrgios will now be replaced by Ukrainian lucky loser Alexandr Dolgopolov, who suffered a defeat in the final round of qualifying,Sport24 reported.
The 18th-ranked Australian also withdrew from the men's doubles event of the tournament, where he was paired with Italy's Fabio Fognini.
The announcement of his withdrawal comes less than two weeks before the French Open, thus raising doubts about his participation at the Roland Garros.
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