Injury forces Nick Kyrgios out of Estoril and Madrid events

Nick Kyrgios has been dealt a major setback ahead of the French Open as he has been forced to withdraw from two events due to injury.

The Australian has been struggling with an elbow injury since February’s Davis Cup and although he featured at the Miami Open, he was advised to take some time off as he is diagnosed with Posterior Impingement and Ulnar Nerve Irritation.

As a result, he will miss the Estoril Open, which starts on April 30, and the ATP Masters 1000 Madrid Open that starts on May 7, which means he is likely to be short of match practice come the French Open.

“I have done everything in my power to overcome this organically through rehab, rest and treatment but have still been suffering with pain and been unable to play anywhere near the level I need to be at to compete at the highest levels,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I have now taken the advice of my physio and medical advisors to have a cortisone injection directly in to the elbow.

“This means that I will be unable to play in Estoril or Madrid which I am really disappointed about.

“I’m sorry to my fans in both Estoril and Madrid but I have to get my elbow right so I can perform at the required level.”