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Kyrgios "shuts down season" to focus on summer

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Nick Kyrgios has confirmed he won’t play again in 2017 as he looks to be fully fit for the lead-up to the Australian Open in January.

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Kyrgios has struggled all season with shoulder, hip and knee issues and was sent crashing out the European Open in Belgium on Wednesday by veteran left-hander Ruben Bemelmans.

He has also failed to advance past the second round in any of the four grand slams and believes a long break will allow him to recapture his best form on home soil this summer.

“Unfortunately, due to the recurrence of my hip injury that I originally suffered at Queen’s, I am shutting down my season to make sure I can rehab and prepare as best as I can for the Australian summer,” Kyrgios posted in a statement on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios/status/921056207036669952

“This year hasn’t been as successful as I would have liked, especially at the slams, although it has been positive in some other areas. I will do all I can to improve for 2018.”

-AAP

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