Kei Nishikori has been forced to withdraw from the Delray Beach Open in Florida on Thursday, citing a hip injury as a reason behind his decision. The third seed was down 2-4 in his second round contest against Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili, when he decided to retire from the contest.
“I tried to play, but if you’re not 100 per cent, it’s tough,” Nishikori told reporters after the match. “I couldn’t do anything today. It’s going to take some time to recover. It’s shocking this happened, especially since I’ve been playing well.”
The Japanese No. 1 was coming off his fourth ATP World Tour title last week in Memphis, when he defeated Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic in straight sets. Prior to retiring in Delray Beach, the world N0. 15 was 11-2 on the ATP tour this season, having also reached the semi-finals in Brisbane and the fourth round of the Australian Open.