Relying exclusively on power and little movement across the court, Kyrgios went on to lose the second set 4-6 before retiring hurt after just 65 minutes and forfeiting his spot in the world's oldest tennis tournament. I've got a bruised hip, I've got a bone impingement. Holding a 40-15 advantage, Kyrgios double-faulted, opening the window for Hugues-Herbert, who notched the first set break.
The writing was on the wall from the moment he stepped on to court on Monday, his forlorn body language and restricted movement depicting a player not equipped to go the distance.
Kyrgios received medical attention after the end of the second set, but was deemed unfit to continue.
The Australian has struggled with a recurring hip injury that forced him out of the Italian Open in May and the Queen's Club Championships earlier this month.
"I never got it right. I got too much stuff going on", said Kyrgios.
"I think Nick can win Wimbledon one year, he has the firepower and the variety and he can volley", he told Reuters in the run-up to the tournament.
Aussie Nick Kyrgios saw his Wimbledon end before it began as he bowed out with a hip injury on Day 1. But I do believe I can win.
Kyrgios prefers not to remedy his physical issues with a trip to the operating table but is likely to have a scan this week to determine whether the hip has been aggravated by his decision to play Wimbledon. Obviously, probably not against him, but some opponents if I played them today, I probably still could have won.... He hung his head in his towel at the changeover, then wiped away tears as he returned to the court. The crestfallen Canberran called for treatment after going two sets down before finally conceding defeat.