Kyrgios pulls out of Portugal after bereavement

Nick Kyrgios has been forced to further delay the start to his clay court season after the death of his grandfather.

Kyrgios was due to compete at the Estoril Open in Portugal tomorrow after fatigue had forced him to pull out of the first clay court event of the season in Monte Carlo.

However, the world number 16 has abandoned his plans and will fly back to Australia after the death of his grandfather Christos Kyrgios.

“I just want to take the opportunity to let you all know, especially the people of Estoril and Cascais know, that I have unfortunately withdrawn from Millenium Estoril Open to go back to Australia and attend my grandfather’s funeral,” Kyrgios said.

“It’s no secret that Estoril has been a very special stop for me on the ATP World Tour, so the decision was a hard one but my family is very important to me and I feel I need to be around my loved ones at this time as well as pay respects to my Papou, who I loved very much.

“I hope you can all understand and respect my decision.”

“Fly high CK …”

Kyrgios still has another three weeks to prepare for the clay of the French Open, before the British grass court season gets underway.