Nick Kyrgios booed off court after retiring from Atlanta Open with injury

Nick Kyrgios has been booed off the Atlanta Open court after retiring mid-match during the quarter final against Britain's Cameron Norrie.

The world number 18 saw the trainer midway through the first set with a hip injury but that did not prevent the crowd's outraged response at the game's conclusion.

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The Australian second seed was trailing left-hander Cameron Norrie 7-5 3-0 after 52 minutes of play when he decided he could not continue.

At times, Kyrgios seemed disinterested in the contest, with his effort in question late in the opening set before he meekly double-faulted to give Norrie the early break in the second.

The 22-year-old world number 73, Norrie, will play Ryan Harrison next as a result of Kyrgios' retirement but said he would have preferred to progress in different circumstances.

"It feels great to get into the semis but not the way I wanted to do it today," Norrie said, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals' official website.

This is not the first time Kyrgios has been booed off the court in the United States, with the Australian also hit by a torrent of abuse in last year's Washington Open when he retired down 0-3 to American Tennys Sandgren.

The 23-year-old also landed himself in hot water during the Queen's Club Championships last month, when he was captured on live television simulating a sex act during a change of ends.

The Australian was slapped with a $23,500 fine for his antics, which also forced an on-air apology from the BBC.

Nick Kyrgio's hip injury has been a recurring issue that has plagued him since Queen's.

He called an early end to his 2017 season in October to recover from additional knee and shoulder injuries.

His retirement from the match also calls into question his US Open Challenge, with the final grand slam event of the year just a month away.

With AAP

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