May 27, 2018 / 1:18 PM / in 4 months

Kyrgios out of Roland Garros with elbow injury

(Reuters) - Australia’s Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the French Open after failing to shake off a persistent elbow injury that has troubled him in the past few weeks, the 23-year-old announced on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO - Davis Cup - Semi-Finals - Belgium vs Australia - Palais 12, Brussels, Belgium - September 17, 2017 Australia's Nick Kyrgios in action during his match against Belgium's David Goffin REUTERS/Yves Herman

“Unfortunately I have to withdraw from this year’s French Open,” the world number 23 wrote in a message on Twitter.

“Having consulted with my team and medical experts it is deemed too risky for me to step out and potentially play five sets on clay especially as I have not played a singles match in nearly two months.

“I’ve worked hard to be ready and desperately wanted to play Roland Garros, which is very special to me but I literally ran out of time.”

Kyrgios was scheduled to take on compatriot Bernard Tomic in the opening round on Monday.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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