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Nick Kyrgios won the Atlanta title in 2016.

Kyrgios Withdraws From Atlanta With Knee Soreness

2016 champ hopes to continue doubles run at ATP 250

Nick Kyrgios was set for his first singles match since the Wimbledon final on Tuesday night at the Atlanta Open, but the fan-favourite Aussie was forced to withdraw from his opening-round match with a left-knee problem.

The seventh seed was set to take on Peter Gojowczyk on the stadium court, but was instead replaced by lucky loser Adrian Mannarino. The 2016 champion in Atlanta, Kyrgios addressed the evening-session crowd after his withdrawal.

"First of all, I just want to say I'm extremely shattered that I'm not able to compete tonight," he said. "I've won this tournament once and I'm playing probably some of the best tennis of my career. All I wanted to do was come out here and give you guys a show, but I'm unable to give my best performance today. 

"I'm just extremely sorry, but I'm going to keep my hopes up and maybe be able to continue doubles with Thanasi this week."

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Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, the reigning Australian Open doubles champions, earned a first-round victory on Monday night against Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin

"I wanted to come out here and see you guys face-to-face to tell you that I love you guys, and hopefully next year in singles hopefully I'll be able to compete and give it my all."

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