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Nick Kyrgios pulls out of tournament in Florida

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Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from this week's Tallahassee ATP Challenger in Florida due to injury, reports The Age.

The Australian starlet has picked up an abductor strain that will prevent him from building on his current 10-match winning streak. Promising compatriots Thanasi Kokkinakis, Jason Kubler and Ryan Agar are all expected to compete for the trophy, with play beginning on Tuesday.

Kyrgios has rocketed to a career-high world No. 152 in the Emirates ATP rankings following successive Challenger title wins over the last week.

After securing the Sarasota Open a week earlier, the Australian star celebrated his 19th birthday in memorable fashion on Monday by defeating American Jack Sock after being a set down at the Savannah Challenger final in Georgia.

Following some early hiccups with his usually deadly serve, Kyrgios gathered his composure to emerge victorious from the grueling contest 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4.

The 19-year-old has burst back onto the tour after sitting out the past six weeks of the campaign with an elbow injury and is disappointed that his current run of form will be cut short.

"It's unfortunate... I've had a really good couple of weeks playing well and I was really excited to play here," said Kyrgios.

"I've had a really good couple of weeks playing well and I was really excited to play here.

"I'll be hanging out and watching the tournament for the next couple of days. I want to get healthy again for the French Open.

"I'm just going to relax a bit and get to the gym if I can. There are a couple of Aussies playing, so I'll get behind them."

Unless it becomes a recurring problem, Krygios’ most recent injury setback should not cast any serious doubts over his chances of scoring a wildcard for the 2014 French Open in late May.

The Canberra-born youngster, who has launched 70 places higher up the rankings in the last fortnight, turned a few heads with an impressive Roland Garros debut triumph over former world No. 8 Radek Stepanek in straight sets in 2013.

Kyrgios featured in the 2014 Australian Open on home soil, entering both the men’s singles and mixed doubles.

Teaming up with Russia-born fellow Australian Arina Rodionova, the pair went down 5-7 4-6 to then No. 7 seeds Czech Kveta Peschke and Polish-born Marcin Matkowski.

The 2013 Australian Open and Wimbledon Boys’ champion fared slightly better in the individual event, stunning German Benjamin Becker 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-2).

However his promising start to the tournament was nipped in the bud at the hands of Benoit Paire in a five-set thriller ending 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 2-6 2-6.

According to his official website, Kyrgios is set to commence preparation for the second grand slam of the year on 5 May under the guidance of New Zealand coach Simon Rea.

Kyrgios is scheduled to play at ATP and ATP Challenger events in Munich and Bordeaux before Roland Garros Qualifying begins on 19 May.

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