Nick Kyrgios is back on the singles court for the first time since Wimbledon and it looked like he hadn’t missed a beat.
The Aussie came up against former Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson in the first round of the Atlanta Open and came away with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory. Kyrgios was never really troubled by Anderson, not facing a single breakpoint for the duration of the contest.
Although Anderson is no longer in the peak of his powers, it’s still quite a good win given the big South African won a title in the last fortnight in Newport. Not too bad for your first singles match after an injury too.
Kyrgios dazzled the crowd with underarm serves and tweeners, and even a remarkable combination of both, which Anderson was not able to return.
His next assignment is Brit Cam Norrie who has been enjoying a career-best year in 2021, claiming his maiden ATP title in Los Cabos last week. He is the third seed.
Joining Kyrgios on the winners’ list in Atlanta was fellow Aussie Chris O’Connell, who came from a set down to overcome Denis Kudla 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. O’Connell produced a phenomenal serving performance, sending down 19 aces and winning 88% of points on his first serve.
But the highlight of the match was a tweener from O'Connell, which trumped both of Kyrgios'.
It’s a confidence-boosting win for O’Connell ahead of a second-round match-up with Jannik Sinner. Kudla has been in decent knick of late, making it all the way through Wimbledon qualification to reach the third round where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He managed to defeat Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina and Andreas Seppi along the way.
Jordan Thompson completed a clean sweep for the Aussies today in Atlanta after he and fellow moustache wearer Steve Johnson defeated Jackson Withrow and Nathaniel Lammons 6-4, 7-5. The win sees the pair through to the quarterfinals where they’ll face Kyrgios and Jack Sock.
Marc Polmans is also through to the quarterfinals, albeit in a different tournament on the other side of the Atlantic. The Melburnian and his Spanish partner Pedro Martinez are through to the quarters of the Generali Open in Austria after knocking off Jaume Munar and Marc Lopez 6-4, 6-0.
Finishing off a good day for Australia on the doubles courts was Aleks Vukic who also saluted with partner Karol Drzewiecki at the ATP Challenger Poznan Open in Poland. The pair defeated Guido Andreozzi and Sergio Galdos 6-3, 7-6 (7) to advance to the quarters.
On the women’s side of things, Maddison Inglis started her campaign at the WTA125 in Charleston with a victory over American Fiona Crawley. The third seed was far too strong for the local wild card and came out with a 6-1, 6-4 victory in an hour and 35 minutes.
Inglis was clinical on serve, winning 76% of points on her first serve and 77% on her second to go along with five aces. She also created 16 breakpoint opportunities compared to just one from her opponent. The draw has opened up for Inglis after the top seed Madison Brengle was bundled out in the first round.
Finally, capping off a successful day of tennis for the Aussies on tour was Jamiee Fourlis who won her opening round match at the ITF W60 in Versmold, Germany.
The Aussie survived a match-point in the final set to overcome American Elizabeth Halbauer 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Fourlis showed incredible spirit and nerve to bounce back from a 1-4 deficit in the final set to eventually run out the winner.
In doubles action in Versmold, Aussie Olivia Tjandramulia and partner Freya Christie were defeated in the first round of doubles action, as were Aussie Seone Mendez and Katerina Stewart.
Over in Cairo, Tina Nadine Smith returned to the court after reaching the final last week and advanced to the doubles quarterfinals with Antonia Saudi.
In Champaign, Illinois, Aussie duo Tristan Schoolkate and Dane Sweeny moved into the doubles quarterfinals with a straight sets win. Unfortunately Schoolkate wasn't able to replicate that form on the singles court, falling in qualifying overnight.
In Monastir, Matthew Dellavedova and Kody Pearson were defeated in their first round doubles matches respectively.
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