Nick Kyrgios gives headline-writers a break by pulling out of the Houston Open

Nick Kyrgios in action

Nick Kyrgios has given headline writers a well-earned break after pulling out of the Houston Open.

Kyrgios had planned to play the event, which begins on April 8, before heading to Europe for the premier clay tournaments of the year.

However, he has opted to withdraw due to the knee injury that was troubling him at the Miami Open.

“I am really disappointed to have to pull out of Houston this year,” the Australian wrote on Twitter.

“I loved playing the event last year and was looking forward to returning, but unfortunately my knee has other ideas.

“I need to rest up, get treatment, and make sure I can actually play on European clay this year after I missed the whole thing in 2018.

“I know the Houston ATP 250 will be great again this year and I plan on returning in 2020.”

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