French Open: Nick Kyrgios pulls out with illness

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios forfeited his second-round match with Norwegian Casper Ruud at the Italian Open last week
2019 French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 26 May-9 June
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

Australian world number 36 Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the French Open with illness on Friday.

Kyrgios, who was due to play British number two Cameron Norrie in the first round, is said to have been "wiped out" by the bug.

It comes just days after the 24-year-old posted on social mediaexternal-link saying the competition "absolutely sucks" compared to other Grand Slam events.

World number 41 Norrie will now face French qualifier Elliot Benchetrit.

Benchetrit, 20, ranked 273rd in the world, lost to compatriot Gael Monfils in the first round at Roland Garros last year - his only main-draw match at a Grand Slam.

Norrie, 23, said he was disappointed not to play Kyrgios, describing the former world number 13 as a "good mate".

But he added: "He's a hell of a player, with a ridiculous serve, so it is nice to play a qualifier - someone who is supposedly not as good in ranking. But I will go out and control what I can control."

Last week Kyrgios admitted "emotions got the better of me" after he forfeited his second-round match with Norwegian Casper Ruud at the Italian Open.

He also pulled out of last year's French Open with an elbow injury and has never reached the second week in Paris.

Britain's Norrie is joined by compatriots Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans in the men's singles draw, while British number one Johanna Konta is seeded 26th in the women's draw.

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