Nick Kyrgios is confident he can overcome his injury woes and win his first Wimbledon title next week, the 22-year-old Australian said after winning an exhibition match at the Boodles tournament on Thursday.
Even before being forced to retire, Kyrgios was in trouble as Herbert played quality tennis to get out to a two set lead (6-3, 6-4) in just 58 minutes. I took some time off after Queen's and just rehabbed it.
Herbert - a doubles champion in 2016 - did put on a good show while the match was in full flow and Kyrgios admitted he could have progressed if he had been handed a kinder draw.
It reflected his despair and the disappointment of a packed Court Three crowd who had rushed for the nonallocated seats to see a maverick player who is normally an acrobatic crowd-pleaser.
Kyrgios received medical attention after the end of the second set, but was deemed unfit to continue. He told reporters it felt find heading into Paris but a slip in his first match at Queen's Club a few weeks ago derailed his season.
Aussie Nick Kyrgios saw his Wimbledon end before it began as he bowed out with a hip injury on Day 1.
"I never got it right".
Kyrgios, then ranked 144th, burst onto the scene at Wimbledon in 2014 when he defeated then world number one Rafael Nadal en route to the quarter-finals. I got too much stuff going on. "I thought I could win".
Kyrgios said he'd "probably get an MRI tomorrow" to determine the full extent of the damage, but conceded the prospect of surgery frightened him.
He has urged Kyrgios to dedicate himself more to the sport, to ensure he is well prepared physically, and able to fufill his enormous potential on the court. I can't really do anything.